Glazed Vs. Unglazed Porcelain Tiles

Save

Porcelain tiles are composed of porcelain clays, which are more resistant to water than typical clay. Porcelain tiles are stronger and absorb less water than non-porcelain ceramic tiles, which makes the tiles a good choice for indoor and outdoor areas. Glazing is a technique applied to tiles to make them colored, glossy and protected from stains.

Porcelain Tiles

  • Porcelain is the name given to tiles that contain special clay that makes the tile resistant to water absorption. These tiles have a water absorption of less then 0.5% in order to be classified as porcelain. Porcelain is also stronger than other types of non-porcelain ceramic tiles and therefore it can be more difficult to cut through.

Glazing

  • Liquid glass is applied to tiles and then heated with fire to create a glazed surface. Glazed tiles are shiny and can be made in a variety of colors. The glaze can be colored so that the surface of the tile has a different color than the body underneath the glaze. Glazed tiles are nonporous. Unglazed tiles do not have the protective, shiny layer like glazed tiles.

Stain Resistance

  • Since glazed tiles are nonporous, they resist stains. If a liquid is spilled onto a glazed tile it will not soak into the clay below, whereas on an unglazed tile the liquid can permeate the tile and stain the surface.

Wear

  • Brands of tiles are all rated for how well they hold up to wear and tear. In general, unglazed tiles show less wear than glazed tiles. Unglazed tiles are the same color throughout the body of the tile so that wear on the surface does not show since the color is the same. With a glazed tile, the surface of the tile is often a different color than the body of the tile. When wear occurs on the surface of a glazed tile, it can wear away the glaze so that the different color in the body of the tile shows through.

Safety

  • Unglazed tiles have a rougher surface than smooth, glazed tiles. The rougher surface allows for better traction when walking so that unglazed tiles offer better slip resistance than glazed tiles.

References

  • Photo Credit Tiles image by Josef F Stuefer from Fotolia.com
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • What Is Glazed Porcelain Tile?

    You've probably seen glazed porcelain tile at some point, although you may not have known that was what you were seeing. Common...

  • What Is Tile Glazing?

    Tile glazing is a clear, reflective glass topcoating applied to tile to protect it from scratching, staining, fading and fire damage. The...

  • Frost Proof Vs. Frost Resistant Porcelain Tiles

    Frost is an important consideration when choosing what tile to use outdoors. Homeowners may be tempted to use simple and varied ceramic...

  • How to Clean Unglazed Porcelain Tile

    Tile is an excellent choice in a floor covering for you home, especially in the kitchen or bathrooms where dirt and moisture...

  • How to Tile Images

    If you're making a collage of family vacation photos, pet pictures or images from your artwork portfolio, you can use the graphical...

  • How to Paint Unglazed Tile

    Glazed tile features a thin layer of glass on top that gives it a smooth appearance. Unglazed tile, however, lacks this top...

  • Can You Put a Shine on Matte Finish Tile?

    Ceramic tile is a clay-based product widely used in residential construction as a flooring and countertop material. Ceramic tiles are produced using...

  • Glazed Porcelain vs. Colorbody Porcelain

    Choosing the right porcelain tile for your project depends on several factors, including the site, amount of use and the color or...

Related Searches

Check It Out

22 DIY Ways to Update Your Home on a Small Budget

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!