Both ceramic and vitrified kitchen tiles come in a myriad of designs, sizes and colours. Ceramic would be relatively rougher & earthier and vitrified will be smoother & glossier. However, both can look aesthetically pleasing. Ceramic tiles can be glazed which provides additional protection. Vitrified tile does not need any glazing. You may like the appearance of one over the other. Aesthetics aside, there are some advantages and disadvantages of both ceramic and vitrified kitchen tiles.
The Pros of Ceramic and Vitrified Kitchen Tiles
Ceramic tiles are more affordable. They are easier to work with. They respond well to adhesives. The material is eco friendly and it also does not get heated up quickly so your home will be a tad cooler. Ceramic has the ability to offer some degree of insulation. This will be of help in summer. Vitrified tile is stronger than ceramic. The installation process is not complicated but you cannot use the floor immediately after the tiles are in place. There is no need to polish the tiles after they are installed in your kitchen. Vitrified tile is pre polished. Ceramic tiles come in various sizes but they don’t come as large as vitrified tiles.
The Cons of Ceramic and Vitrified Kitchen Tiles
Ceramic is a hard material. There is no way to have any cushion or to reduce the hardness. Hence, it can be a tad uncomfortable if you have to stand for a long time. A serious concern with ceramic is its inability to retain heat. This works really well during hot summer days but is not your best friend when the mercury dips. The surface of the tile and hence your kitchen floor can feel uncomfortable and be a shock for your feet on wintry mornings. Ceramic is a heavy material so you cannot install it on floors that are not very thick or the uppermost storeys where the foundation of the floor may not be as reliable as the ground floor.
Vitrified tile is costlier than ceramic, which is its most significant demerit. Its high porosity is desirable but it also needs expensive adhesives. Ordinary adhesives may not be able to steady the tiles during installation. While ceramic tiles are not as resistant to water as vitrified tiles, the latter can be quite slippery. You don’t want a slippery kitchen floor. Ceramic tiles can have antiskid treatment. Vitrified kitchen tiles don’t have any such attribute.