Glazed Tiles vs. Unglazed Ceramic Tiles

Homeowners preparing to install tiles in their homes have the choice of using unglazed or glazed tiles. To understand the pros and cons of each of these types of tiles, refer to the tips below.

Tile Glazing

In glazing ceramic tiles, the bisque (tile body) is coated with a glaze of colored, liquid glass, then baked under high temperatures. This coating sets the color and texture of the tile surface and protects it from stains.

Tile Damage

Glazed tile surfaces that are scratched, marked, or chipped cannot be repaired. Unglazed tile, on the other hand, are not vulnerable to this kind of damage because the tile color is set in the bisque, rather than only in the tile's surface

Tile Color

Tiles that are glazed can offer a much wider variety of color and design than unglazed tile where color is determined by minerals added to the tile, such as silver, gold, mercury, copper and zinc.

Tile Use

Glazed tile, owing to its vulnerability to scratching and other surface damage, is typically use in residential applications. Unglazed tile, is used mostly in businesses and other type of public places.