- Grout joints make it look un-authentic
With wood-look tile, some are replacing their whole home's worth of hardwood flooring. Some people complain about this looking "fake", but if you get tile with the rectified edges, this eliminates this. Smaller grout joints help as well, as does getting a grout as similar in color as possible to the tile. You do not notice if you lay the tile in the same random pattern as wood floor, etc. You can have the easier maintenance option with the look of the hardwood.
Yes, tile flooring does not warm up as much as other flooring options, but it does not have to be painful. It remains a moderate temperature, but it is not as "cold" as you would think. Wood-look tile can be laid over a radiant heat system.
- The flooring does not look like wood
In fact, technology has come quite a ways since the first wood plank tile. Digital imaging and printing introduce realistic textures, grain images, and visuals. Each tile is not identical, either. Multiple "patterns" are created per box, just as real wood would be.
- Long tiles warp
Wood plank tiles come in lengths of 24" to 48". Any tile over 15" long can present some lippage, but installation is the real key. If tiles are installed properly over a smooth subfloor, the issues disappear. Wood-look tiles should be installed in a brick pattern with overlap being limited. This ensures the transition from tile to tile is smooth.