Floor Tiles in the Philippines: Glazed vs Unglazed Tiles

Shopping for floor tiles in the Philippines exposes you to a lot of options to use for your flooring installation. The typical tile styles that hold unglazed and glazed characteristics are ceramic and porcelain tiles.

Both tiles are affordable and have flexible floor tile choices with durable qualities as well as ease-of-maintenance features. One thing you need to remember is that ceramic tiles are generally unglazed while porcelain tiles can either come in a glazed or unglazed variant.

If you are unsure what to pick between these two, then you should take a look at this in-depth contrast between glazed and unglazed. The information below would allow you to maximize the design potential of your flooring installation!

Definition of Glazed and Unglazed Tiles

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Definition of Glazed and Unglazed Tiles

Ceramic tiles bring on a spur of improvement for the aesthetic and technical characteristics of your flooring installation especially when you get to decide on choosing between glazed and unglazed tiles. In terms of comparing these two, there are a few factors that you have to keep in mind.

The best floor tile applications happen when the installer and the homeowner have a thorough understanding of the tiles’ personality. For this type of application, a definition of glazed and unglazed tiles is necessary. There is often an instant assumption that glazed means shiny or glossy but that is not always the case with floor tiles. Especially in the Philippines, glazed tiles are more than just its aesthetic value. The same can be said about unglazed tiles.

Glazed tiles are known to be clay-bodied tiles. This is seen in its characteristic as a floor tile installation. The main component of glazed tiles is called frits—a ceramic material combined with raw materials, pigments, salts, etc. After they have been added to the mixed, they produce a glass-like quality.

On the other hand, unglazed tiles are through-bodied tiles, meaning the color from its top seeps all the way through. The simple difference between the two types of tiles lies in the application of the glaze. Unglazed tiles simply don’t have a glaze or that glasslike surface coating and usually achieves its surface quality through polishing. Generally they are more slip-resistant because of its texture.



Glazed tiles have a distinct quality in its appearance that sets it apart from its counterpart. In order to distinguish a glazed tile from an unglazed tile, you have to look for the selection that looks vitrified (glasslike) or that which holds a glass-like appearance. Glazed tiles look the way they do because of the heat application that it was subjected and exposed to. Meanwhile, unglazed tiles gain their color and appearance from the mineral deposits present in the clay that is used to manufacture them.

Thanks to its glaze, glazed tiles come in a wide array of colors, texture, and styles which you should consider when you are going to go tile shopping at your favorite depot. Unglazed tiles, on the other hand, will give you an earth-toned and more natural design for your installation.

Durability and Functions

Glazed: [30×30] WP3045 Red Maple | Unglazed: [60×60] VD

Durability and Functions

Glazed and unglazed tiles have their own strengths when it comes to durability and functionality. Depending on the foot traffic that the tiles will be experiencing in your chosen area of application, they will exhibit great durability for their chosen purpose.

Unglazed tiles are more slip-resistant, hold a greater longevity property, and does not show a contrasting color in the tile when it is chipped or stained. However, they are vulnerable to stains because they do not hold a liquid glass protective coating.

Glazed tiles are normally stain-resistant. Also, there are variations of glazed tiles where the body of the tile closely resembles the color of its glaze so when chipped, it is not that noticeable. Generally, the disadvantage of the tile is that it is less susceptibility to slip-resistance so it is probably not a good idea to install this on wet areas.


Various Style Options for Application

The anatomy of glazed and unglazed tiles is different in terms of the various style options it comes in. Glaze types can be seen in glossy, matte, and rustic types while unglazed comes in polished or semi-polished variants. To see samples of these styles, you should take a look at our Unglazed Polished 60×60 G0AC-31QEA:

Unglazed Polished 60x60 G0AC-31QEA

For glazed tile, check out our Rustic [60×60] LM6683:

Keep in mind that you should choose unglazed for the earthy styles and glazed tiles for more complex styles.


Key Takeaway

All in all, it depends on your intended application. Study your area along with its aesthetic and wear-and-tear requirements and then decide if you are going to go with the glazed or unglazed variety. This will ensure that you will be rewarded with the best tile installation that is suitable for your home, providing you with the freedom to choose as you see fit.