Differences Between Glazed & Unglazed Tiles
Pictured: Glazed Ceramic Tile
The tile exhibit different looks, textures, and performance in a high traffic environment. With a large assortment of tile types and options, it is important to educate yourself on glazed vs. unglazed tile.
Please read the following summary of differences between glazed & unglazed tile - RJA Floors will help educate you on the best type of tile to meet your needs!
Unglazed Tiles are true inlaid. They are simply baked pieces of clay whose colors run throughout
Glazed Tiles are made the same as unglazed except that a glass wear-layer, called a glaze, is
fused to its surface by means of tremendous heat.
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Features & Use of GLAZED Tiles:
- Most glazed tiles are not suited for heavy commercial installations. They are generally suited for light residential to medium commercial use.
- Technology for glazes has improved dramatically over the past few years. There are new glazes on the market that are hard and durable enough to use in heavy commercial applications.
Advantage of glazed tiles:
- The glaze offers the manufacturers the ability to produce an unlimited array of beautiful colors and designs.
-The non-porous glaze creates a smooth surface that is practically stain
- Glazed ceramic tile varies in gloss levels depending on the look the manufacturer wants to achieve. Levels can range from matte, satin, or high
- Generally speaking, the higher the gloss, the softer the glaze. Areas of the home that don’t receive heavy wear, such as bathrooms, use a higher gloss level than heavy traffic areas such as kitchens
Features & Use of UNGLAZED Tile:
- Unglazed tiles are the workhorses of the industry. They are generally thicker and denser than glazed tiles. Some common types are quarry tiles and porcelains.
- The tough inlaid qualities of most unglazed tiles makes them ideally suited for, but not limited to, extra heavy commercial installations.
- Many customers appreciate the natural qualities and beauty of unglazed tiles and choose them for residential areas.
- Generally, the color range of unglazed tiles is limited to the natural colors of clay…ranging from a light sand to a red brick, but there are exceptions.
- Some manufacturers achieve a wide range of beautiful colors by mixing color pigments in the clay.
Advantage of unglazed tiles:
- Superior strength for heavy commercial use as well as residential.
- The rugged surface texture and matte finish of the unglazed tile give them superior “slip resistant” qualities for use in wet areas.