Originally Posted by texas_jack
Thoughts on porcelain tile with wood look? I'm thinking about the foyer and I've decided man made tile is the way to go (snow and water on shoes).
I am going to put that stuff in a bathroom. Unfortunately it turns out that tiling on plywood is harder than I'd initially thought so I still haven't gotten around to it. The old grout cracked and the tiles came loose because they were improperly installed.
All you need is a decoupling membrane (Ditra) but the stuff costs more than the tile. It's basically impossible to install it level with the surrounding 3/8" engineered wood floors so I decided to go a little thicker and put in the heated bathroom floor after all.
I'll be tackling this one within the month or so. I did buy the tile already (6x24 from home depot, about $2.50 per square foot) and I'm pretty happy with how it looks. The comparable stuff at Lowes looked crummy, so watch out. I went to some flooring stores and they had some higher end tiles that looked really nice but they were all in exaggerated, affected patterns.
If I end up liking it I may end up putting it in the kitchen. But removing 500 square feet or more of old tile would be miserable.