previous
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • Remodeling Articles
    Remodeling Articles
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
    Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • Deck Design & Construction
    Deck Design & Construction
  • Design Inspiration
    Design Inspiration
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • Radiant Heat Comparison
    Radiant Heat Comparison
  • Video: Install a Fence
    Video: Install a Fence
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Ultimate Deck Build 2015
    Ultimate Deck Build 2015
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • Find the Pitch of a Roof
    Find the Pitch of a Roof
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
next
Pin It

Tile that imitates wood

Hastings Tile

Tile floors are tough, but wood floors are warm and inviting. So what’s the best choice for a bathroom? Freeport, N.Y.-based Hastings Tile & Bath offers a compromise with several new lines of tile designed to imitate materials of a softer persuasion, including fabric and wood.

The company’s “fabric” tile designs include patterns that imitate wool, woven fabric, and floral designs, all of which are available in both floor and wall tiles. Among Hastings’s wood-look tiles are imitations of exotic species, petrified wood, distressed wood, and stained wood. Ink-jet technology is used to create the unique look of some of the tiles; others, such as the distressed-wood-look tiles shown, are manufactured with “twin-pressed technology,” a process in which the clay is pressed both before and after glazing, resulting in a surface that is deeply textured yet fully glazed and easy to clean. Colors are blended to replicate the tones of hardwood floors.

The tiles are sized like wood planks, measuring 4 in. by 36 in., 8 in. by 36 in., and 6 in. by 24 in., and are rectified, meaning they are cut after firing and so are more consistent dimensionally than traditional tile, which allows minimal grout lines between tiles.
From Fine Homebuilding215 , pp. 24
Next Article
Next Article: Tip: