More About Tiles
Porcelain - more varieties
Nano polished vitrified tiles– If you apply a layer of liquid silica on vitrified tiles then it fills the micro (nano) pores on the tiles surface and makes it smooth. These tiles are called nano polished vitrified tiles.
Double Charge vitrified tiles– are fed through a press that prints pattern with a double layer of pigment; they are 3 to 4 mm thicker than compared to other tiles. This process does not permit complex patterns but results in a long-wearing tile surface, suitable for heavy traffic and vast commercial projects.
Full body vitrified tiles– have pigment in entire body (thickness) of the tiles. This makes chips and scratches less visible and gives an ideal choice for high traffic zones, but the process considerably increases the cost.
Matt Porcelain Glazed Tiles / Glazed Vitrified Tiles (GVT)– are glazed surfaced tiles. They offer a vast variety of design, art work and surface textures like wood grain, bamboo, slate or stone. This tile is now printed through digital printing technology.
Polished Porcelain Glazed Tiles / Polished Glazed Vitrified Tiles (PGVT)– are similarly the GVT tiles in glossy form.
White Tiles......Gloss or Matt?
Make Small Rooms Appear Larger
Whether white or light coloured gloss tiles are reflective and allow light to bounce around the room. They open up smaller spaces and trick the eye into making small rooms appear larger than they actually are. Glossy light coloured tiles are an excellent choice for bathrooms, WC or small areas within larger spaces.
Make Dark Rooms Appear Brighter
For similar reasons, gloss tiles can make your space appear lighter and brighter – especially white tiling. Glossy tiles are an ideal choice to brighten up darker, light-limited rooms.
Easy to Clean
The slippery nature of gloss surfaces means they’re extremely easy to wipe clean. As a result, glossy tiles are ideal for kitchen splashbacks, laundry walls and bathroom walls. Another practical location for gloss tiles is around fireplaces. The soot and grime from the fire can be effortlessly removed from the glossy surface – it’s one of the best kept secrets to save you cleaning time in the home. Use a neutral grey grout when installing the tiles as it will become grey stained anyway after a short period of time.
The Cons of Gloss Tiles:
Gloss Highlights Imperfections
It’s no secret that a shiny surface shows up dirt. Gloss tends to draw attention to any fingerprints, footprints, soap smears or wet spots. Thus, a gloss finish requires more regular cleaning than matt tiles. In order to have them looking their sparkling best, you must ensure you don’t leave any smear marks. However, on the upside, cleaning is easy with a simple wipe.
Gloss is more Slippery
A smooth, glossy surface tends to be more slippy than a matt surface – particularly when wet. Therefore, it’s never a good idea to use a gloss tile for flooring – and particularly for bathroom or wet-room flooring or in high traffic areas such as entrance halls.
Light Reflective Characteristics
Some people just don’t like the reflective quality of gloss, and some rooms are simply not appropriate spaces for gloss finishes. For example, if you want to create a soothing, serene atmosphere in an elegant space or a study, then gloss would be entirely unsuitable. The bright gloss effect would be distracting and unseemly in such an environment.
The Pros of Matt Tiles:
Particularly in bathrooms, entryways, kitchens and wet-areas, gloss floor tiles are generally not recommended. These areas are particularly good for laying porcelain or ceramic matt tiles. Matt glaze will help to hide dirt and grime laid down by passing traffic. * Please note that matt surfaces – and even “non-slip tiles” – do not carry a slip-proof guarantee. All floor surfaces are slippery when wet, including tiles.
Unlike glossy tiles, matt tiles conceal stains, smudges, and dried water droplets more effectively. They don’t require as frequent cleaning, and when you do clean them you don’t have to be vigilant for smear or soap marks. In my opinion, this low maintenance requirement makes matt tiles the obvious choice for busy bathrooms, and ideal for holiday homes where cleaning is far less frequent.
Low Key Style Finish
If you want to create a natural or rustic look in a living space, then matt tiles are the way to go. There’s a huge variety of tiles available in matt finishes which embody a natural, warm and homely feel. Their clean, natural appearance will add a touch of authenticity to any space.
The subdued hues of matt glaze are useful in creating tranquility and peaceful overtones within a room. The soft colours are perfect for promoting a soothing or quiet space in your home.
The Cons of Matt Tiles:
Stains are More Stubborn
As explained above, matt tiles are good for disguising stains and smudges, and thus don’t require frequent cleaning. However, when matt tiles do need cleaning, it’s harder to remove stains than from glossy tiles. Matt tiles don’t reflect light like the gloss glazed tiles, as a result, matt tiles are more appropriate for larger rooms and those with strong bright lighting.
Conclusion – Matt, Gloss or Fusion?
There’s a number of advantages and disadvantages associated with both types of finish. It all depends on the size, context and lighting of your space, as well as the atmosphere you wish to create. Ultimately, as usual, the choice of matt or gloss comes down to personal preference. If you can’t make up your mind, why not integrate both finishes into your project and subtly mix light with texture to create an authentic but contemporary feel?