Choosing Between Vitrified Tiles and Marble for Your Kitchen
Today there are many different types of flooring materials you can use for your kitchen floor. There is bamboo, ceramic tiles, glass tiles, laminated boards, rubber mats or tiles, vinyl tiles, vitrified tiles, and wood boards, not to mention the various stone tiles or slabs. Narrowing down your choice can be a difficult exercise, but if you are focusing on durability, marble and vitrified tiles may be good options.
Marble is made of limestone that has been subjected to intense heat and pressure, and it is this that makes it durable. Vitrified tiles, on the other hand, are man-made and are made out of a combination of silica and clay which also undergo extremely high pressure and heat.
Owing to their different composition, however, there are a number of differences between the two. Vitrified tiles, are better able to withstand abrasions resulting from rubbing or scraping. Although it takes time before the effects of abrasion becomes apparent, marble floor wear away faster than vitrified tiles.
Marble tile or slabs also tend to yellow over time, while vitrified tiles maintain their color for decades. Also, the latter do not seem to be affected much when cleaned with hydrochloric acid. When cleaning marble, on the other hand, care must be exercised in the choice of cleaning materials. Limit this to stone cleaners or mild detergents.
Because vitrified tiles are man-made, both surface and main body consistency is superior to those of marble. The heat and pressure applied to vitrified tiles are uniform and precision controlled whereas those that marble undergoes are typically haphazard, depending on the vagaries of nature. It is for this reason that the grains and patterns on natural stones are rarely ever consistent.
In addition to this, laying down marble is more difficult that installing vitrified tiles. An experienced do-it-yourself can probably install the latter but a professional is required for the former.