Tile is one of the most popular flooring options due to its durability and variety of options. Having a wide selection of options when choosing a tile can be overwhelming. We’ve broken it down to the most common forms: glazed and unglazed tiles.
The Difference Between Glazed and Unglazed Tiles
The difference between glazed and unglazed tiles really comes down to whether or not an enamel liquid is added to the clay tile before it is heated in a kiln. This small action actually creates many differences in the look, feel, and maintenance of tiles.
Glazed, in this case, does not mean that the tiles are always shiny or glossy. Glazed isn’t the appearance of the tile, rather, it’s the process the tile underwent. Glazed tiles have liquid glass applied to the tile right before it goes into a kiln. Glazed tiles can come in matte or gloss finishes.
Glazed tiles have many benefits that make them the most popular option for tile flooring. One of the biggest reasons homeowners choose glazed over unglazed is the fact that glazed tiles are non-absorbent their entire life. They are easier to maintain and won’t fade over time because of their protective sealant.