By Cris Carl, Networx

Did you know that there is ceramic and porcelain tile that looks like wood? Ceramic tile that looks like wood is a new alternative flooring product that you can learn about here. The tiles come in a variety of colors and grains, simulating virtually every type of wood, including chestnut, maple, oak, mahogany and teak. Depending on the quality of the tile brand, it can be hard to tell at a glance that the flooring is ceramic instead of wood.

Some tiles even come with an aged or "distressed" look if you are looking for an old-fashioned style -- but with far more durability. Other tiles that look like wood can create a sleek and contemporary feel. You can place the tiles in traditional hardwood flooring patterns or create your own distinctive pattern.

If you are a fan of hardwood floors, that may be the way you want to go when choosing new flooring. However, if you choose ceramic tile that looks like wood, you have a number of additional benefits.