What is the difference between ceramic and vitrified ceramic tiles?

What is the difference between ceramic and vitrified ceramic tiles?

What is the difference between ceramic and vitrified ceramic tiles?

One of the most important practical considerations when choosing tiles is whether or not you choose a ceramic or vitrified ceramic tile. So what is the difference? Let’s take a look.

What are ceramic tiles?

Ceramic tiles are made of clay – along with added certain minerals and solvents – that has been baked or fired in a kiln at extremely high temperatures. This process is essential for setting and hardening the clay part of a tile, known as the biscuit, as well as the glaze on the tile.
The glaze is basically an added layer of liquefied glass applied to the top of a tile before firing. Once baked, the glaze adds strength and waterproofs the top surface of the tile. Not all ceramic tiles are glazed though – they are available as glazed and non-glazed. Without the glaze, ceramic tiles are less water resistant and have a rough texture.

Glazed ceramic tiles are great for bathrooms and other wet areas in residential spaces.

What are vitrified ceramic tiles?

Vitrified tiles are a very strong, smooth, glassy type of ceramic tile with extremely low porosity. This means they don’t absorb water. The term “vitrify” refers to the process of making a glass or glass-like substance via heat and fusion.
Vitrified tiles are made of a mixture of 40% clay and 60% silica which results in an almost glass-like tile that typically has a water absorption rate of 0.5% or less.

With this level of water absorption, vitrified tiles may not need glazing. However, there are different classifications of porosity in vitrified tiles ranging from non-vitreous & semi-vitreous (most absorbent) to vitreous & impervious (least absorbent).

Vitrified tiles last ages, and have scratch, stain & abrasion resistant qualities, which make them a more durable option for corporate, commercial and residential buildings – indoor and outdoor – with high traffic areas.

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