Porcelain vs Ceramic Tile

Designer’s Corner Question

Question:

What is the difference between porcelain and ceramic tile?

Answer:

There are differences between ceramic and porcelain tiles that cause lots of confusion! Here are the differences, SIMPLIFIED!

Ceramic Tiles:

Are made with clay, minerals and water

These tiles are then fired and glazed because the ceramic is porous. This is where the color and look comes from.

When coated with a glaze of grade III or higher, they are extremely resistant to scratching.

Easier to install than porcelain.

Porcelain Tiles:

Are made up of a sand like material.

These tiles are then formed with pressure and heat.

It becomes more dense and absorbs less water than ceramic tiles.

Because of the moisture absorption rate, porcelain tiles can be installed outside where ceramic tiles cannot.

Stronger than ceramic tiles.

Through body colored porcelain tiles will not have to be replaced if chipped because color is same throughout.

Requires special tools to install.

Both Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles:

Long lasting

Durable

Easy to clean

All price ranges available

If your tiles are being installed inside in a residential application, you may choose porcelain or ceramic, the style and color combination that is best for you.

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Good and easy to understand explanation of the differences.
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very helpful in making my decision. I am now confident in my choice. Thank you
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I have to guess what number is highest. Also if you could add one line on shower basin application that would be nice.
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a very excellent article addressing this question can be found here: (remove the spaces after the dots) www. ytc-tiles. com/porcelain-vs-ceramic/
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misleading. Porcelain is not made with sand, nor sand like material. It is made of higher grade clays than ceramic. Stronger is also relative. Porcelain is harder than ceramic, which can be called stronger, but it is much more prone to chips and cracks, especially during the installation. It does not typically require any tools to install that ceramic does not also require. It is important to note that while through body coloured porcelain is available, the vast majority or patterned tiles are NOT through body coloured.
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