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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