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Tile is a great way to add style and flair to any room of the house. However, tiles are not all created equally. If you are interested in tiles for your home, then there are two major types that you need to consider: vitrified tiles or clinker tiles. Carefully read this blog post about these two different tiles so that you can make an informed decision on which type best suits your needs!

What are Vitrified Tiles?

Vitrified tiles are one of the most popular tiles Melbourne and around the world. These tiles have a smooth surface and are very durable, making them perfect for high-traffic areas such as kitchens or bathrooms. Vitrified tiles can be made from any type of clay found locally to that area which is then fired at extremely high temperatures (1500-1700 degrees Celsius) so they become much denser than regular tiles - this also makes them less porous so harder water spots will show up easier on these tiles. 

The vitrification process helps create an incredibly hard outer layer called 'the skin'. This skin gives clinker tiles their shiny finish but it does make them slightly more susceptible to damage if not cared for properly. Many homeowners like these types of tiles because they are easy to clean and maintain.

What are Clinker Tiles?

Clinker tiles are also made from clay but they have a slightly different process than vitrified tiles. After being formed, clinker tiles are burned at around 900 degrees Celsius to create a smooth surface and glossy appearance. The tiles are still classified as 'clay' tiles because the source material is natural clay (also called porcelain) rather than man-made materials like Vitrified Tiles. 

As such, these tiles can be difficult to work with when it comes time for renovations or repairs because you cannot use grout on them - instead of using water-based adhesives; you will need other types of adhesive products that dry very quickly! Clinker tiles do not wear down as easily as vitrified so they last longer if you have a busy household. They are best suited for use as tiles in entryway areas, laundry rooms, and bathrooms where they will not see much damage from being walked on or used regularly - clinker tiles tend to be more expensive than other types of tiles so you should only consider them if your home is going to receive a lot of traffic each day!


Clinker tiles last longer but vitrified tiles look better. Both make good choices depending on the type of area you want to be covered with tile. If you decide that Clinker Tiles may be right for your renovation project it's important to note their high price tag and the fact that grout cannot touch these tiles (you'll need special adhesive products instead). Vitrified tiles are cheaper and easier to work with - they also provide a shiny look in your home. If you choose clinker tiles make sure you have the budget for it and that you know what areas of your house will see the most traffic!


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