Glass Tile Vs Ceramic Tile: Pros and Cons

After thoroughly researching the best tile for your kitchen and bathroom, the finalists are undoubted, glass and ceramic tiles. Since both of these options play a great role in defining personality and functionality - it can be quite confusing to pick the best out of two. They both offer a wide array of options in variety and prices along with pros and cons to help you make informed decisions. So, let’s have a look at how the two famous tiles differ in characteristics!

A Guide to Glass Tiles

glass mosaic tile combined with glass subway tile blue featured on a bathroom backsplash

Composed of thin pieces of glass with a translucent glaze, these glass tiles are either sold individually or in a predesigned mosaic pattern to leave an everlasting impact on the walls. These tiles have a glass-like appearance that is generally washable, stain-resistant, and extremely durable. Even though neither of the options compromises on aesthetics and beauty - there are still certain differences that set them both apart from each other.

Pros

  • Zero Water Absorption - Generally, glass tiles are impervious to water with a rate of 0% absorbance. 
  • Easy Cleanability - These tiles are quite easy to maintain and the collected dirt on the surface can easily be wiped off with a little soapy water and a cleanser detergent. This is a great reason why molds can never be grown on their surface.
  • Timeless Aesthetics - These tiles are available in endless translucence varieties that make up a beautiful, modern, and contemporary style.
  • Sustainability - These tiles are made of 100% recycled materials and they require half the energy during construction. Further, at the end of their lifecycle - they can be recycled again.

Cons

  • Expensive - Not really a budget-friendly option, glass tiles are known as one of the most expensive backsplash tiles.
  • Professional Labor - Installing the glass tiles is not an easy task as it requires a skilled professional.

A Guide to Ceramic Tiles

budget ceramic subway tiles in black and white featured on a kitchen backsplash

Ceramic tiles are composed when the clay is fired at a very high temperature. This is quite a common tile type used in the interior design industry across the residential, commercial, hospitality, and healthcare sectors, specially as bathroom tiles. And since they are available in a wide array of shapes, looks, and sizes - it is even easier to create that desired mood.

Pros

  • Affordability - One of the most inexpensive options, a ceramic tile may cost around $4 - $8 per square foot. However, if you choose a designer or artistic pattern - this cost is bound to rise.
  • Easy Installation - With the correct guidance, practice, and patience - you can easily install a ceramic tile without any professional assistance. 

Cons

  • Limitation in Variety - Unlike glass tiles, ceramic tiles are only available in certain colors - black, white, and earthy tones.
  • Colors Differ from Lots to Lots - If you are planning to use ceramic tiles in your home, ensure that you stock up on it because it is quite a possibility that the next batch differs in tones and variety. 

Summing it Up

Generally, glass tiles are a preferred option over ceramic tiles. However, if the glass is not in your budget - then you might choose the option of mixing and matching the ceramic and glass tiles.

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