The floor plays a very big role in the appearance of any room in your house. Floors are that factor of your house that plays the first impression the moment someone enters your room. Things like your wall paint or your décor can be changed later on if you do not like them but flooring in one such factor that is not only time-taking to change but also difficult. So, you should always make your choice about flooring very carefully. Are you confused whether you should opt for vitrified tiles or marble? Well, then you are not alone as many people face this dilemma. But here is a point-wise comparison of both these materials in terms of flooring and this will definitely ease out your dilemma.
Vitrified tiles are composed of a mixture of clay and some minerals like quartz, silica and feldspar. All of these composite ingredients are melted at very high temperatures to form vitrified tiles. The result is a characteristically smooth texture with a glassy appearance that appears quite classy and chic. These tiles are very durable and have a low water absorption rate and an external glaze is usually coated on these tiles.
On the other hand, marble is a naturally occurring stone that forms from dolomite, calcite or limestone. Marble has a very high water absorption rate due to its porous nature. Marbles have a characteristic veined pattern on their surface along with fascinating swirls. Marble is definitely a widely used stone in wall cladding and flooring.
Due to the process of vitrification, tiles are made to become strong. But there is a drawback too. Tiles become very much prone to breakage and thus have to be handled with care. But in terms of a short life, tiles will serve you really well but in long term, they are prone to breakage.
Marble is known to have a legendary strength and so if you are looking for a flooring option with a greater life span, marble can be your choice. Some marble can develop a yellowish tinge with age but if polished from time to time, marbles can last a really long time. Marble, thus, is a really tolerant substance.
Variety and finish
Vitrified tiles are made by humans and thus can be made into various designs. They also have different types of textures. You can also get vitrified tiles that simulate materials like bamboo, wood or even marble itself. Vitrified tiles can be installed both outdoors and indoors and they are available in matter, glossy and anti-skid finishes.
Marble flooring is available in the form of tiles, blocks or slabs. They are usually found in shades of black, white, grey, green, brown and even some other natural hues. If you want a rustic or matte finish, then you should go for the honed and sand marble and if you want a glossy finish, then polished marble will do the job.
Vitrified tiles are sold in a ready-to-use state which means it will require maximum a day and a half to get the flooring of a standard sized room done. Moreover, the one good thing with tiles is their lesser setting time which enables you to start using them soon after installation. Moreover, these tiles can be cut manually and thus a lot of customization is possible and you can install them in any shape you want. The overall thickness of your room is also reduced if you use vitrified tiles because their thickness is approximately between 10 to 12mm.
But marble requires a more labor intensive and time consuming process of installation. And moreover, in most places, you will not get marble in a ready-to-use state. Once you place your order, the marble will be cut according to your requirement which takes some time. And an additional time span is also required for polishing of the marble apart from the time required to lay it on the floor.
Vitrified tiles have a price range that usually varies with the brand you choose and also the design you want or will customize. The average cost of flooring though ranges somewhere between Rs 200-300 per square foot including the labor charges. But when you compare them to marble, they are a lot more affordable.
Since marble is a naturally occurring material, its cost is much more than vitrified tiles. The rarity of colour and the grade of marble are some of the factors which determine the cost of marble flooring. Indian marble flooring usually ranges somewhere around Rs 250 per square foot but if you opt for Italian marble flooring, prices can be anywhere between Rs 600-1000 per square foot.
Vitrified tiles are one of the easiest materials to maintain and clean. Since they are non-porous, they do not absorb anything and thus have a greater resistance to stains. Regular wiping of floors and dusting will do the trick of keeping them brand new. Moreover, since tiles have standard sizes in the market, in case any of them break, you can easily get it replaced by buying another identical one from the market.
But, marble, on the other hand, reacts with almost everything. Dilute acids like mustard, vinegar, citrus and many other household items cause reaction with marble. This leads to the formation of stains. In order to prevent the formation of any permanent marks, you have to clean and wipe the floor whenever you drop something on it. Moreover, periodical application of sealant is also required to prevent marble from absorbing any moisture. Marble flooring stays in a good condition with regular polishing.
Vitrified tiles are not only available in a wide variety of textures and colors but can also mimic other natural items like wood but the look is often less authentic. You can create a faux-marble or faux-wood effect, but it will be nothing compared to a real one.
Marble flooring exudes opulence and luxury and is highly classy. Each piece of marble is unique in its own way and the natural look of each marble piece gives way to even more of an aesthetic appeal.
Where to install
Vitrified tiles can be used in both exterior and interior locations. They can be made into slip-resistant variations and thus good for kitchens and bathrooms as well.
Marble flooring, on the other hand, is best for bedrooms, foyer and halls. If you use polished marble in your bathroom, it can tend to be slippery. Marble stains easily and also absorbs water, so it is advisable not to use them in the kitchen. Weather and pollutants are another factor that can destroy marbles making them unfit for outdoor installation as well.
So, if you are making a decision between vitrified tiles and marble flooring, we at Tijil Exporters can help you make the decision. You should keep factors like design requirement, budget, utility and space location into consideration before making the final decision. But you must keep in mind the importance of flooring as a design element and how it is meant as something for the long run. So, make your decision wisely and do maintenance from time to time.