Posted by TCC on 8/3/2018 to Articles
It may look like all porcelain tiles are the same, but on the contrary, there are different options available and they vary depending on the manufacturing process. The durability of floor tiles is one of the biggest factors when people choose tiles for their flooring. It is now possible to make digital prints to add any design imaginable to porcelain tiles. Wood, fabrics, and stone are a few stunning and popular looks that have been replicated through the use of digital printing onto tiles. Which option is the best for your needs? Here are some similarities and differences between glazed and unglazed porcelain tiles that will help you decide.
Form, Function, and Performance
More important than the aesthetics of tile, is its function and performance ability. Aspects like slip-resistance, abrasion-resistance, and maintenance are very important to consider when choosing between unglazed and glazed porcelain tile. Unglazed tiles are the best option for people looking for a slip-resistant surface for bathrooms, pool surrounds, and shower areas. They are also more resistant to scratches, which makes them a great choice for areas with heavy foot traffic, such as outdoors, train stations, airport lobbies, and retail stores.
Commercial and Residential Use
Choosing the right tile for the right project requires an understanding of the different options available, and how the manufacturing process impacts its durability. One of the major differences between glazed vs. unglazed porcelain tiles is that all Inkjet porcelain tiles are glazed. Unglazed porcelain tiles are full-bodied—the entire tile is composed of natural clay. Commercial areas, like business offices and stores, are better with tough and dense unglazed tiles while projects within the home that focus more on color and theme will benefit from glazed porcelain.
Finishing and Thickness
Unglazed tiles are thicker than glazed tiles, and due to their density, chemical-resistance, and lack of porosity, they are better suited to areas with lots of moisture, such as washrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. In terms of safety, they are the better option. Their unfinished appearance also gives them a unique and appealing earthy look. Glazed tiles also bear some of the same properties as unglazed tiles and can include designs for every room in the house. They provide more opportunity for interior designers to work with in terms of theme and color.
Durability and Variety
A nonporous layer of liquid glass protects glazed tiles, making them more resistant to staining than unglazed tiles. Additionally, gloss can come in varieties such as matte and satin finishes. Depending on the manufacturing process of each type of tile, or each glaze itself, the degree of durability will differ.
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