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In many homes, tiles are an important element of the interior design and external décor. If you have ever gone tile shopping and are entirely new to this space, you are sure to go into a frenzy when you find the various types of tiles that are available in the market. Among them, ceramics are the most preferred and these are classified into natural ceramic and vitrified tiles. The barrage of jargon used will leave you in a mess and will get you confused about which tile is better: ceramic or vitrified for the makeover of your space.
We are here to give a detailed table comparison of  Ceramic Tiles vs Vitrified Tiles. We also convey a little information on the composition, strength, types, application and maintenance of ceramic and vitrified tiles.
 

What are Ceramic Tiles?

Ceramic tiles have a realistic element, earthy look and are oftentimes rough in texture. They are made entirely of clay soil combined with water and are moulded and heated at extremely high temperatures. Other composites can be added to expand the number of options. Ceramic floor tiles, for example, come in a variety of colours and are simple to install as well as replace. One disadvantage of ceramic tiles is that they are porous and retain additional water; hence, they are not suggested for usage in regions where there is a lot of water.  Ceramic Tiles are most often glazed, for protection against water, stains and scratches. They are rarely used in their unglazed form. The tough protective layer provided by the glaze makes these tiles a good bet for flooring, walls, backsplashes and countertops. They are generally used in wet areas like bathrooms and kitchens, as they are water-resistant, easy to clean and less prone to bearing germs.

Ceramic wall & floor tiles in a bathroom - Beautiful Homes

Bathroom with vitrified wall & floor tiles - Beautiful Homes

What are Vitrified tiles?

As the name suggests, vitrified tiles are produced through the process called vitrification, which is aimed at making the tiles stronger and tougher. Vitrified tiles are very much similar to ceramic tiles but are lustrous/shiny, harder, less porous and less absorbent. These features are attributed to their composition of silica, quartz and feldspar which make it look like glass hence these tiles look more pleasing to the eye. This composition is achieved before they are heated in the kiln. Unlike ceramic floor tiles, vitrified tiles have a glassy surface because of glass elements that are used in their composition. Apart from glass, clay is also used in a very smaller percentage than in ceramic tiles. Vitrified tiles are incredibly durable and low on maintenance, making them perfect for high-traffic areas. That’s why they are used extensively in commercial locations.

They are a less expensive option to natural stone such as marble and granite while offering similar looks and sounder durability. This makes them a good alternative for residences.

 

Comparison Table: Ceramic Tiles vs Vitrified Tiles

 

Vitrified vs Ceramic tiles
Parameters of Comparison

Ceramic Tiles

Vitrified Tiles

Composition

Ceramic tiles are made of earthen clay mixed with water.

The material used to make vitrified tiles is silica, quartz, and feldspar.

Durability

Ceramic tiles are less durable than vitrified tiles.

Tiles Vitrified are more Stronger and durable

Appearance

Ceramic tiles usually appear rough but can be glossy if a glaze layer is applied

Vitrified tiles appear Glossy, glassy, and smoother

Price/Cost

Considering vitrified tiles vs ceramic tiles price, Ceramic tile is cheaper.

Vitrified tiles are costlier compared to ceramic tiles due to their fine qualities.

Water Absorption

Ceramic tiles are more porous and water-absorbent

Vitrified tiles are less water absorbent

Stain Resistance

Less resistant to stains

More resistant to stains

Looks, colour range and size

Ceramic tiles have a broad range of colour options and have a very natural and fair appearance.

Ceramic tiles are available in medium sizes and this increases the number of joints.

The grout joints are vulnerable to moistness and stain and have to be replaced repeatedly.

Vitrified tiles are available in many types and sizes. You can find them in wood, marble and granite finishes and give a natural stone look when laid in big tiles.

Vitrified tiles are even vitrified and look seamless and elegant as the tile joints are less visible and do not require any regrouting.

Care and Maintenance

Due to the increased number of joints, ceramic tiles are difficult to maintain when compared with vitrified tiles. The surface also has a tendency to absorb stains.

Vitrified tiles are majorly impervious and have glossy surfaces. They are very easy to care for. Vitrified tiles have few joints and do not absorb stains.

Slip resistance

Ceramic tiles can be created slip-resistant by providing abrasive grits during the process of glazing. This makes the tiles slightly less slippery and can be used for toilet and bathroom floors.

They are available in an anti-skid type.

Vitrified tiles do not absorb water and are not very slippery when wet.

They are preferred for toilet or bathroom flooring.

Vitrified tiles already possess more anti-skid properties as compared to ceramic tiles.

Resistance to frost and Sunlight

Due to their porous nature, Ceramic tile fades away from exposure to sunlight and cracks up upon exposure to frost.

Vitrified tiles do not have any kind of effect from sunlight and frost due to their high density and non-porous character.

Repair and Replacement

Ceramic tiles are very uncomplicated to fix and repair as compared to vitrified tiles due to the presence of grout lines. Even a single ceramic tile can be easily superseded.

Vitrified tiles need professional tools and skilled labour for fixing the tiles. Removing and re-fixing a tile is a very difficult task.

Wastage

Ceramic tiles generate more wastage (Around 5%-8%) due to low breaking strength.

Vitrified tiles have a high breaking strength and generate less wastage (around 3%)

Anti-bacterial Characteristics

Compared to vitrified tiles,

Ceramic tiles have fewer antibacterial properties.

Ceramic tiles do not attract dust, pollen, mites etc and are hence are anti-allergic for humans

Vitrified tiles have excellent antibacterial properties.

Vitrified tiles also do not attract any dust, pollen, mites etc which might cause asthmatic allergies.

 

Where To Use Ceramic Tiles in Your home?

Ceramic tiles are more porous than vitrified tiles, causing them to be more susceptible to water damage. Hence, it is not a good idea to use ceramic tile as an outdoor tile. This can also become an issue in cold environments where water can seep into cracks in the tile, freeze, and cause physical deterioration.

Ceramic tiles are best in areas that won't be exposed to much water, like living rooms, dining rooms, or hallways. However, some ceramic tiles now have a special glaze layer to help prevent water damage. These types of tiles are also a great choice for bathrooms and kitchens.

Traditional hallway design with ceramic floor tiles - Beautiful Homes

Lobby with vitrified floor tiles design - Beautiful Homes

Where To Use Vitrified Tile in Your home?

Due to the water-resistance quality of vitrified tiles, they are ideal for both indoor and outdoor uses. Indoor spaces that experience a lot of spilt liquid, like kitchens, toilets or bathrooms, can be an ideal place for vitrified tiles as they are effortless to clean in the event of a spill or leak. You can even tile your entire home floor with vitrified tile. The glossy appearance and durability will stand the test of time in any room of your home. 

Ceramic or vitrified tiles, which is better for you?

A home is just a house without its people, just like that, a home is incomplete without its accessories and decor details. These tiles play a significant role in providing interior finishing of the appearance at home. Wandering over the difference between ceramic and vitrified tiles? While those ceramic tiles provide finishing after applying gloss, vitrified tiles are built with finishing and a smooth surface.

Small elements like tiles can decide the overall view of a house. So the noteworthy details are necessary to consider while pondering over ceramic and vitrified tiles difference. You can use a combination of the two types, depending on the place and the look needed. Vitrified tiles work well for flooring; however, for a little more character and colour and to balance out the little industrial, man-made look of vitrified tiles, use ceramic. Nevertheless, there are no hard and fast rules – the deciding factor would be the overall look you are trying to create for your Dream House.

You can also check out Vitrified tiles vs Marble for your home.

Ceramic tiles vs vitrified tiles, choose the right one for your home - Beautiful Homes


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Textured flooring & wall tiles for the bathroom - Beautiful Homes

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