When you look at ceramic and vitrified kitchen tiles side by side, the former will appear to be more natural than the latter. There will be a difference in their prices as well. However, there are many more attributes that you should look into than just the appearance and cost. Here is a comprehensive guide discussing the properties of ceramic and vitrified kitchen tiles.
• Both tiles are durable. Vitrified tile is more durable than ceramic tile. This is primarily because of the process of vitrification. The glass like surface makes vitrified tiles last longer, while retaining much of their aesthetics. While ceramic kitchen tiles will also last a very long time, they would suffer substantial fading and deterioration. Vitrified kitchen tiles are stronger. They have a high breaking strength. Their flexural strength is also higher than that of ceramic kitchen tiles. This doesn’t mean ceramic tiles are fragile.
• Ceramic tiles are less resistant to water and moisture compared to vitrified tiles. This is the reason why ceramic tiles are not preferred for outdoor flooring. They can crack if they are exposed to water regularly. Vitrified tiles are widely used for outdoor installations, such as parking areas. However, ceramic tiles are more slip resistant than vitrified tiles. Ceramic tiles can have an antiskid treatment that makes them safe for bathrooms, utility areas and kitchens. Vitrified tiles would not absorb water but they would become extremely slippery when wet. This is a serious concern as you would not want a slippery floor in your kitchen when you inevitably spill some water, oil or other liquids,
• Ceramic kitchen tiles are not as resistant to frost as vitrified tiles. Vitrified tile will endure scratches and they would not suffer discoloration over time. Ceramic tile is resistant to scratches but only to an extent. Extremely rough use of the flooring and lack of timely maintenance will lead to substantial discoloration. Vitrified tile is also more resistant to stains. This is essentially because of its low porosity. Ceramic tiles are easy to clean but when liquids, be it water or oil, seep into the material, they can lead to rigid stains. You may find it near impossible to get rid of such embedded stains.
• Ceramic tiles are not as resistant to ultraviolet light of the sun as vitrified kitchen tiles. If your kitchen floor doesn’t get direct exposure to sunlight then you need not worry about this. Otherwise you would have to consider the inevitable fading of ceramic tiles. This is also a reason why ceramic tiles are unsuitable for outdoor installation.