Glazed Vitrified tiles are better than double charged? Know more!by Ruby Wilson NITCO
When building a new establishment or renovating an existing one, it is crucial to get the right floor tiles.
To get the best floor tiles, one needs to think about how each area of the establishment is going to be used. For instance, certain areas are wet-prone (shower area) and stain-prone (cooking area).
In this regard, you should familiarise yourself with certain types of tiles and their characteristics.
Types of Tiles You Should Know
Formed through vitrification, they are a mixture of clay silica, quartz and feldspar. They are a common replacement for marble and granite.
They are very pleasing to the eye when used indoors. More durable than ceramic tiles, vitrified floor tiles are well-suited for wet-prone areas. They are easy to maintain and install.
The high resistance to scratches and stains, makes it suitable for high-foot traffic areas and stain-prone areas (kitchen or pantry).
Not only are vitrified tiles available in various colours and designs, but also in various sub-categories.
Known as Glazed Vitrified Tiles (GVT), the main feature is it can be made in any design, artwork or texture. Wooden, bamboo or stone being some of the textures.
In addition, glazed vitrified tiles are sturdier than others. Made with automated machines, they ensure consistency and quality. These tiles can be installed within 24 hours. Being very easy to clean, they require minimal maintenance.
Double charge vitrified
Double charge vitrified tiles are made using a dual colour process, wherein two different colours are put in the machine. The result?
A thick layered tile with dual coloured designs. The colour and design layer have a thickness of around 3-4 mm (accounts for 25% of the entire tile).
The extra thickness makes it apt for high traffic areas. The benefits of double charge vitrified tiles are:
- high stain-resistance
- higher durability than others
- easy to install, clean and maintain
- can handle heavy foot traffic without wear and tear
- can retain its charm for longer
The advent of digital and 3D printing has given rise to yet another type of tile; digital floor tiles.
A digital version of the GVT tiles, they are made using high-resolution and high-volume inkjet printer.
These digital floor tiles have polished and unpolished variants:
- Polished – These are super glossy GVT and are apt for interiors.
- Unpolished – These are more durable compared to the polished counterpart, hence are apt for outdoors (or high-foot traffic areas). Having high-resistance to slipping, they are also apt for wet-prone areas.
Now that you are familiar with the different types of tiles and their characteristics, it is time to get on with the flooring.
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