Ceramic Tiles vs Vitrified Tiles -15 Important Differences
Tiles enhance the beauty of floors and walls. In today’s market, various options are available and they often confuse the customer while making a tile selection for their home.
Each type of tile has its own set of advantages and disadvantages and thus it tends to be really frustrating. Sometimes to conclude something after making the comparison.
Vitrified and Ceramic tiles are often compared as they are both widely used; therefore, in this article, we will see the differences between them.
Ceramic Tiles vs Vitrified tiles
The term vitrified means a glass-like substance.
In the process of vitrification, 40% clay and 60% silica are added. Vitrified tiles are made from a mixture of clay, Silica, Quartz & feldspar which is a constituent mineral found in granite rock.
Ceramic tile is made up of a mixture of earthen clay and water only.
A Natural look is not available in vitrified tiles. The vitrified tiles have an artificial look.
Ceramic tiles are not available for an artificial look. Ceramic tiles have a natural and earthy look.
Vitrified tiles are smooth and glossy. So it is easy to clean & it will give you an aesthetic look.
Ceramic tiles are comparatively rough and external glaze is applied for a glossy look.
Vitrified tiles need not be glazed. the Shine can be given with manual polish.
For protection ceramic tiles always have to be glazed.
Vitrified tiles are more durable as compared to ceramic tiles due to their glass-like surface.
Ceramic tiles are low-durable as compared to vitrified tiles.
Vitrified tiles are very stronger as compared to ceramic tiles. Vitrified tiles have high flexural strength which is 35 Newton per mm square and high breaking strength which is 700 Newton.
Ceramic tiles are less intense than vitrified tiles. Ceramic tiles have low flexural strength which is 22 Newton per mm square and low breaking strength which is 200 Newton.
7). Water absorption
Vitrified tiles are non-porous and hence absorption of water is negligible. So it is most suitable for all wet areas.
Ceramic tiles are very porous and hence absorb water quickly, so the use of ceramic tiles in the outdoor area will cause the tiles to develop cracks quickly.
8). Frost Resistance
Vitrified tiles have high Frost resistance because their water absorption is low as compared to ceramic tiles.
Ceramic tiles have no frost resistance as these types of tiles absorbs water quickly.
9). Resistance to Scratches
When tiles have scratched the colour of the tiles will remain the same because vitrified tiles have more resistance to scratches.
Ceramic tiles have no resistance to scratches, so the colour of the ceramic tiles does not remain the same throughout their surface over a period of time.
10). Staining Resistance
Vitrified tiles have high resistance to stains. due to its low porosity, glossy finishes and also ease to clean.
Ceramic tiles have less resistance to stains.
When the oil falls on the surface of the ceramic tiles. it is difficult to remove the stain of the oil as compared to vitrified tiles due texture on top.
11). Slip Resistance
Vitrified tiles are very slippery when wet. Vitrified tiles are very slippery as compared to ceramic tiles.
Ceramic tiles can be treated to prevent slipping either by adding an adhesive. So ceramic tiles are not slippery as compared to vitrified tiles.
12). Colour Resistance To UV Light
In the case of vitrified tiles, there is no effect of Sunlight as the colour will remain the same over a period of time.
In the case of ceramic tiles, direct exposure to sunlight will cause to remove the colour of the tiles frequently and tiles may get fade off over a period of time.
Vitrified tiles are expensive when compared to the cost of ceramic tiles.
Ceramic tiles are less expensive as compared to vitrified tiles.
The maintenance of vitrified tiles is easy because of their Shine surface, it is easy to clean.
The maintenance of ceramic tiles is not easy as compared to vitrified tiles.
In the case of vitrified tiles, the installation is easy as compared to ceramic tiles that do not require skilled labour.
Installation of ceramic tiles is difficult as compared to vitrified tiles. Skilled labour is required here.
Usually, ceramic tiles are available in smaller sizes as compared to vitrified tiles.
Usually, the vitrified tiles are available in the sizes of 2ft x 2ft (24’ x 24”) or more.
So friends I have tried to cover all the differences between Ceramic Tiles vs Vitrified Tiles in this article. I hope this article will definitely help you.
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Ceramic Tiles vs Vitrified Tiles