The Difference Between Ceramic And Porcelain Tiles
“What is the difference between porcelain and ceramic tiles?”
This is perhaps the most common question we get asked when a customer expresses an interest in having one or more rooms tiled.
It’s a fair question.
After all, both materials come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and styles, and the terms seem to be used interchangeably when anyone makes the decision to renovate their home.
In this article, we will explain how their differences so you can decide which is the better option for your living spaces.
Both porcelain and ceramic tiles are largely made the same way — by mixing clay and placing it in a heated kiln.
Porcelain tiles are fired at much lower temperatures and for shorter periods of time.
This helps them maintain their water content and, in turn, makes porcelain more resistant against water damage.
Meanwhile, ceramic is not fired for so long, making them more porous.
In practice, the difference in water resistance is negligible and won’t be obvious until a long period of time has passed.
The main thing to remember is that it’s generally best to use porcelain in wet rooms such as showers or outdoor patios.
Floor Tile Layout Patterns And Colours
Colour is printed on ceramic and porcelain tiles differently too.
Ceramic tiles’ colours and patterns are much like a stick of rock: they continue all the way through.
If the tile is chipped, the same colour and pattern will be visible underneath.
Meanwhile, porcelain tiles have their colours and patterns printed on top of their surface, and a protective layer is then added on top.
If porcelain gets chipped, the pattern underneath the glaze is likely to be different from what is shown on top.
Floor Tile Pricing
Porcelain is generally more expensive than ceramic because it is more durable and water-resistant.
However, not all tiles are created equal: the tile’s manufacturer often plays a bigger role in pricing than its internal strengths and weaknesses.
A branded tile is always going to be worth more than a generically produced one.
Porcelain Tiles Versus Ceramic Tile
Both ceramic and porcelain tiles make for very attractive rooms.
They’re both durable and versatile, and the sheer scale of their design options
make them ideal for any situation.
The only limit to the use of tiles in your home is your imagination!
We’ve fitted tiles in every room imaginable — to gorgeous effect too.