One thing about unglazed ceramic tiles is its matte and flat but fashionable appeal. Another thing about it is that, unlike its regular glazed counterpart, it has better traction, meaning that it is rarely slippery even when wet with water.
In a 2011 article from The New York Times, it claims that a total of 235,000 people slip and fall inside the bathroom every year, and a good 14% of them get injured enough to merit hospitalisation. Of this statistic, the most common cause (about 1/3rd of the 235,000 victims) is people slipping in the bathroom or while on the toilet.
More recently, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s website in a survey by researchers Tony Rose, Karin Mack, and Rita Noonan, curated in the US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health, slipping and falling is the leading cause of injury in adults. These injuries occur mostly among the elderly ranging from 65 years old and beyond. If you haven’t guessed it yet, most of these injuries happen inside the bathroom.
You can’t expect to line your bathroom tiles with silicon or rubber steps to keep everyone safe because that would only throw off your bathroom’s aesthetic. You still would want your bathroom stylish but safe and that is where unglazed ceramic tiles come in.
Some of the differences between glazed and unglazed tiles are density (glazed is less dense), stain vulnerability (stains adhere to unglazed tiles), a layer of glass (this gives glazed tiles that glossy finish), scratch resistance (glazed tiles are more prone to showing scratches), and most importantly, slip resistance (liquid glass coat of the glazed tile makes it more slippery).
It gives a nice rustic look to any home and it is also a very good material to tile another part of the house that is prone to slips like the kitchen. Not only does it provide a rustic look, it is easy to clean. Depending on the coarseness of the tile surface, it isn’t slippery even with surface water.
Unglazed ceramic tiles have an aesthetic appeal all on their own but more importantly, they have provided a nice functional safety at the same time. You will no longer need to carpet your floors with rubber landings (that eventually accumulate mold, become brittle, and chip away) to keep it non-slip as long as you know you can rely on these ceramic beauties