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Which Flooring is Better? Vitrified Tiles, Granite, or Marble?

The number of flooring options available today is numerous and when it comes to deciding which floor covering to choose for one’s own house or office building and the like, one is sure to be in a dilemma. The following blog post  guides you on how to compare and contrast between three of the most commonly used flooring options available today.

Vitrified tile, Granite and Italian Marble are three of the most preferred floorboard options because of innumerable qualities that they have. Also, these flooring materials differ in terms of cost and quality, measure of minerals, fortitude against high temperatures, resistance to discoloration and scratches as well as potency and softness.

1. Vitrified Tile

It is a man-made ceramic tile, with low porosity, mostly used outdoors. They are of four major types: Soluble salt, double charge, full body and glazed.

Advantages of Vitrified Tile Flooring:

  • Resistance to water and frost.
  • Easy availability in shops in huge quantities.
  • Variations in sizes, shapes and patterns.
  • Homogeny in size, hue and depth.
  • Great strength.
  • Vitreous facade, thus creating a single hard mass.
  • The setting course is very simple and easy.
  • Can be used within 48 hours of laying.
  • Prevent growth of bacteria and fungi due to moisture resistance.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Sunlight doesn’t cause them to fade.

Disadvantages of Vitrified Tile Flooring:

  • Need to be taken care of to prevent flaking.
  • Are a tad too expensive as compared to the other floorboards.
  • Need high quality adhesives for laying which only increases expense.
  • If one tile develops a defect, it must be cut away along the grout lines. This might damage the adjacent material.
  • Are slippery when wet
  • Not environment-friendly.

Vitrified tiles are in common use nowadays due to their custom decor and sleek finish. These tiles could be used in any part of your house and there will be no compromise on aesthetics. Vitrified tiles can be lent a highly polished finish, though too much polishing would not be a very safe option, especially for kids and for the aged.

2. Granite

It is a natural stone, an igneous rock, formed from cooled lava and magma and hence is rich in mineral content. Regarded as the queen of stone flooring, a few of the minerals include silica, quartz, feldspar and mica and amphibole minerals. They are available in gray, pink and white colors. It is widely used in kitchens, hallways and even semi-outdoor spaces specially courtyards and home gardens.

Advantages of Granite Flooring:

  • Robust; hardest of natural stones.
  • Can last a lifetime.
  • Available in a variety of colors and patterns.
  • Resistance to scratching and chipping.
  • Durability to acid and rough usage.
  • High resistance to stains and burns.
  • Bacteria resistant.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Perfect alternative for warmer places as the stone feels cold underfoot.

Disadvantages of Granite Flooring:

  • Heavy; needs resilient subflooring to bear its weight.
  • Doesn’t have the warmth of wood, and other flooring materials.
  • Its installation charges are quite high.
  • Should be properly sealed to become water and stain resistant.
  • Non-renewable.
  • Difficult to stand on for long hours due to its hardness.
  • Easier to sustain injuries if someone falls on the floor because it is rather firm.
  • Proves to be slippery when highly polished.

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3. Marble

Marble is a metamorphic stone, formed under intense heat and pressure that ultimately transforms the rock composition. It is a soft rock, with a porous nature. For flooring purposes, it is mostly used in the living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms. Suitable for almost any space of your house that you wish must be eye-pleasing and well-maintained; they are also a really good choice for living rooms and foyers. Marbles are an elegant preference to go for and score high on aesthetics.

Advantages of Marble Flooring:

  • Durable and scratch resistant.
  • Can last for ages.
  • The design patterns available are exquisite and are one of the most elegant flooring styles.
  • Most of the Italian marble slabs are resin impregnated which provides a more hygienic surface than other materials.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Provides a good indoor air quality as it does not catch allergens.
  • Have the advantage of a wide range of colors.

Disadvantages of Marble Flooring:

  • If not cared for with diligence, the marble surface may get scratches, leading to its deterioration.
  • Requires regular resealing and polishing to retain its beauty.
  • If uncoated, the flooring may get stains easily and become darker.
  • Feel cold underfoot
  • Hard; may sustain injuries
  • Expensive
  • Slippery in nature.

More Info on India Marbles

So here we have before you the merits and demerits associated with each of the three options you are confused between – and we bet this must have helped you. When it comes to selecting the most suitable flooring material for your home interiors go for something that suits functionality, cost, required quality of aesthetics and texture.

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