Vitrified Tiles vs. Marble: Quest for the Better Flooring Option

You can replace the vase from your coffee table whenever you develop a dislike for it or when you think it is outdated. You can treat a lot of other objects in your house almost similarly, say small furniture, upholstery and decor pieces etc. However, the same is not practical when it comes to flooring. Floors form the base of your entire home decor; literally and otherwise. No matter the size of a space; an attractive and apt flooring can truly enhance the look of the space. Hence, deciding the type of flooring is an important decision, given that markets today are flooded with options like marble, (vitrified and ceramic) tiles and wood; all of which come in different designs and price ranges to suit your requirements.

If you are confused between marble and vitrified tiles; as both look absolutely gorgeous in their own respect, here are some points you must consider before settling for either.

Nature

Vitrified Tiles are known for their non-porous nature and hence absorb little or to no water. These tiles are stain resistant and highly durable, owing to the vitrification process they go through. In case you didn’t know, vitrification is essentially the process of turning something into glass.

Marble, being a naturally occurring stone, has been around for a long time and has found usage in architecture and decor since the very old times (thumbs up to Taj Mahal). Marble is a dense stone with slightly porous properties, meaning it is not completely water resistant. Different grades of marbles will absorb water differently even though the absorption is only minimal. Marble, however, is susceptible to react with even dilute acids (read vinegar, mustard, citrus etc) causing it harm. Yet, this flooring remains a symbol of opulence and sophistication.

Cost and Installation Time

The cost of Vitrified tiles would largely depend on the design and brand you choose. Nonetheless, being man-made, these tiles are more affordable when compared to marble. The cost of installation for these is also fair. Vitrified tiles are available in stores in a ready-to-ship condition and usually, it would not take more than 1.5 working days to lay tile flooring in a standard-size room.

The cost of marble, being a naturally occurring material, is more than tiles. The cost between marbles will also vary according to the grade, rarity of color etc. The installation as well as maintenance cost of marble is higher than vitrified tiles. Moreover, marble is usually not available in a ready-to-ship condition. Placing an order would be required, followed by cutting and grinding of marble to your requirements. Apart from the time required to lay marble flooring, the time for polishing and finishing it also added to the overall installation time, making it a highly time consuming process.

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Types

Soluble salt vitrified tiles are screen printed and polished.

Double charge vitrified tiles are fed through a press that prints the pattern with a double layer of pigment, 3 to 4 mm thicker than other types of tile. This process does not permit complex patterns but results in a long-wearing tile surface, suitable for heavy traffic commercial projects.

Full body vitrified tiles have pigment in entire body (thickness) of the tile. This makes chips and scratches less noticeable and make this an ideal choice for high traffic zones, but the process significantly increases the cost.

Glazed vitrified tiles (GVT) have a glazed surface. They offer a wide variety of design, art work and surface textures like wood grain, bamboo, slate or stone. This is also an expensive process, but the cost is dropping as digital printing techniques are introduced.

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VIDEO: Unloading and Horizontal Stacking of Vitrified Tiles