Porcelain Vs Ceramic Tile

Learn about the different kinds of tile for your home.

Tile Options For Your Home


Porcelain & Ceramic Tile

When considering tile for either your floor or your wall, there are many different kinds of tile to consider. One of the biggest appeals to tile is the unlimited number of possibilities in terms of the design on the tile. Two of the most commonly compared tile types are ceramic and porcelain. They each present unique differences that need to be taken into consideration when choosing the best option for your home.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is made from a mixture of clay, sand, and other natural materials that are then sculpted and baked or fired at a high temperature. This process allows the clay to become a durable surface.

The hardened clay body, called a bisque, after it is fired can either be left untreated or glazed to give the tile color and extra protection against wear. The glaze on the tile determines how resistant the surface will be to wear and any staining. Depending on where the product is going to be placed, the glaze levels will vary.

Porcelain Tile

Porcelain tile is ceramic tile; however, they have a water absorption rate of less than 0.5%. Therefore, porcelain tile, unlike standard ceramic tile, is able to be used outdoors as well as indoors. Their low water absorption allows them to maintain their shape during freeze-thaw cycles.

Porcelain tile is made from finer clays, quartz, and feldspar and is fired at a much higher temperature, resulting in a denser and more water resistant tile than the standard ceramic tile.

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