FLOORING OPTIONS FOR YOUR HOMES – Vitrified Tiles vs Marbles

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When you walk into any room, your advancing steps are welcomed by the expanse of the floor in front of you. Floors are one of the first things that make an impact on you as you enter a room. If you don’t like anything in your room – from décor to the wall color to the furniture – it’s quite easy to get an interior decorator to help you change it, but the same doesn’t apply to flooring’s. Changing your floor treatment is a difficult and time – taking process, hence choosing your flooring’s needs great consideration and care. It’s possible that you might get confused about whether to go for a tiled floor or a marbled floor, and so we at Simplinteriors School of Interior Design and Entrepreneurship, one of the top Nigerian schools for interior design are here to ease your dilemma.

Before we do a brief comparison between tiles and marbles, it is important we look at some points one has to keep in mind before deciding to go for marbles or tiles

  1. Price – Marbles are usually expensive to buy i.e. good quality marble without any problems.
  2. Place of use – A tile gives a limited life to the flooring. Due to scratching etc a tile starts to look worn out and old very early in its life. Marble undergoes the same but the benefit being it is repolishable. I.e. it can be brushed again to make it shine like new. The process can be repeated any number of times to give it a new look.
  3. Aesthetics and Hygiene – A tile has to be installed with a grout in between them, the grouting over time becomes breading grounds for bacteria and other harmful organisms overtime and darken in color. The same is not an issue with marble; a marble is installed seamlessly with little to no visible joints.
  4. Composite stone – This is the 3rd option you have apart from marbles and tiles. Composite stones are man-made stones which have better quality as compared to marble in terms of strength, uniformity and durability. It is made of natural marble dust and other binding chemicals.Image result for picture of tiles floor in a modern living room

Vitrified Tiles vs Marbles #1: Properties

A mixture of clay and other minerals like silica, quartz and feldspar baked at high temperatures composes vitrified tiles. This process forms a glassy substrate throughout the tile giving it its characteristic smooth texture. Generally coated with an external glaze, these tiles have a low water absorption rate and are durable.

A naturally occurring stone formed from calcite, dolomite or limestone, marble is a dense, porous stone with a high water absorption rate. Featuring fascinating swirls and veined patterns on the surface, this stone has been widely used in architecture as flooring and wall cladding.

Vitrified Tiles vs Marbles #2: Maintenance

Vitrified tiles are relatively easy to clean and maintain. Thanks to their non-porous nature, these tiles absorb very little water and therefore are resistant to most stains. Regular dusting and wiping is enough to keep your tiles gleaming. Since tiles are readily available in standard sizes, one can replace broken tiles easily with identical alternatives.

A naturally occurring material, marble tends to react very easily with most substances. Marble reacts with even dilute acids causing stains. You must clean any spills any spills on marble flooring immediately to prevent permanent marks. You can clean the floor with mild detergent and water, provided you wipe dry immediately to prevent permanent marks. You can clean the floor with mild detergent and water, provided you wipe dry immediately. Marble flooring will also require periodic application of a sealant to protect it from moisture. Regular polishing can breathe new life into your old marble flooring.

Vitrified Tiles vs Marbles #3: Durability

Vitrified tiles are extremely durable and weather heavy daily use. These tiles are both discoloration and scratch resistant and thus will easily hold good for a span of 10-15 years, when used with proper maintenance. However, verified tiles are prone to breakage if mishandled.

Though considerably stronger than most other types of flooring, marble tends to develop a yellowish tinge after some years of usage. With regular maintenance and adequate care, marble flooring can remain intact for around 25 years.

Vitrified Tiles vs Marbles #4: Cost

The cost of vitrified tile flooring largely depends on the design and brand you choose. The cost of flooring including the cost of the tile, cost of other materials and labor charges varies according to their square feet. Nonetheless, being man-made, these tiles are more affordable when compared to marble.

Vitrified Tiles vs Marbles #5: Aesthetic value

While vitrified tiles are available in a huge array of eye-catching colors and finishes, the overall look is less authentic when compared to natural wood or stone. While it is possible to create a faux-marble effect grout lines in laying of floor tiles are more visible when compared to marble.

Marble flooring has long been the symbol of luxury and opulence. The flooring of choice for palaces around the world, each piece is unique in its own way. The gleam of polished stone and its beautifully authentic, natural look adds to the aesthetic appeal

Vitrified tiles vs marbles #: Installation

Vitrified tiles are available in stores in ready-to-ship condition and usually, it takes around 1.5 working days to lay flooring in a standard-size room. These tiles also require less setting time and you can use them shortly after installation. Since they are pre-polished, there is no finishing required on site. One can cut vitrified tiles manually and therefore can be laid in a variety of patterns and combinations to suit your needs. General thickness of the tile is around 10 to 12 mm which reduces the overall thickness of your floor.

The installation process for marble is more time consuming and labor intensive. In most places in India, marble is usually not available in a ready-to-ship condition. You have to place an order, 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 also adds to the overall installation time. You can contact us at Simplinteriors and Décor, on 09090008527, 08123020337 to help you install your tiles or marbles at an affordable price.

Vitrified tiles vs marble #8: Where to use them

You can use vitrified tiles for both interior and exterior surfaces, as well as high traffic areas. Since they are available in various anti-slip or slip-resistant finishes, vitrified tiles are good for bathrooms and kitchens as well.

Marble flooring is the best choice for indoor areas like foyers, halls and bedrooms. Polished marble surfaces also tend to be slippery when used in bathrooms. Since marble absorbs water and stains easily, marble is not a practical choice for kitchens. Marble is generally not good for outdoor spaces since weathering and pollutants tend to wear out the surface.

While choosing between marble and vitrified tiles let your budget, design requirement, space location and utility be your judgment criteria. While the former offers durability at higher price, the other offers a myriad of design options at a lower price. Remember, flooring is the décor element that lives long. Hence, choose wisely!

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