For those who don’t know: porcelain tile and ceramic tile are different in various aspects serving different purposes.

Definitions

Ceramic tile is a mixture of clay and other natural materials. The special clay are mined from the earth, shaped, colored and than fired in kilns. Traditional ceramic tile can be naturally colored and left unglazed like terra cotta, or they can feature colored or highly designed surfaces which can be glazed (finished with a glass surface) either in a high gloss or matte finish. Most ceramic tile has either a white or red body coloration underneath the glazed, colored top layer.

Porcelain tile is made in the same way except with porcelain clay heated at much higher temperatures so that the result is much more dense and less water porous. It comes in glazed, unglazed, and rectified.

What this means for you!

Porcelain is comparatively better for high traffic areas and/ or moist/wet areas; essentially, it’s more weatherproof than other materials.

What keeps ceramic tiles around then? Ceramic tiles are much more malleable meaning it’s easier to make precise cuts. Also, it’s generally much cheaper than porcelain.

Some other links to look at for reference:

Porcelain vs. Ceramic Tile  – houzz.com

Understanding the Difference – homerenovations.about.com

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s