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The Difference Between Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles

The Difference Between Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles

What is the difference between Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles?

Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles do have slight differences to them and knowing the difference can help to understand which tile type is best for you. Both tiles are made in different ways with different material, hence hold different properties. Lets start with Ceramic – it is made with natural clay that is fired at a high temperature, reducing the water content. Next the glaze is applied, followed by the pattern. Contrastingly, porcelain tiles are made using a more specific clay. Sand and Feldspar is added to the mixture and then it is fired at a higher temperature than used with Ceramic. This process makes porcelain more hardwearing and durable than Ceramic.

Which is the more cost-effective option?

Both are very popular choices of tiles that you will see around the home.

Ceramic Tiles are a more cost-effective option than Porcelain. This may be something that you want to consider, especially if you are tiling a large area.

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The benefits of Ceramic Tiles and when you should use it.

Ceramic Tiles are perfect for the inside of the home, use of them in the exterior of your home should be avoided. Avoid using ceramic tiles in areas where water may sit, for example in a room such as a bathroom - instead look at using Porcelain in this case. Ceramic is less dense than porcelain, but that does not mean it isn’t a good option for you. It is less brittle, hence it is easier to work with than porcelain.

The benefits of Porcelain Tiles and when would you use it.

Porcelain tiles are very durable and denser. This makes them able to withstand harsh conditions and wear and tear. Porcelain tiles can be used on flooring and walls. Although care needs to be taken when using porcelain tiling for walls. Porcelain tiles are a suitable option for outdoor spaces and patios, they absorb less water than ceramic tiles and are perfect for when water may be sitting around.

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Ceramic vs Porcelain Tiles Summary Points:

  • Porcelain is more suited for outdoor use.
  • Porcelain is denser and more durable.
  • Porcelain absorbs less water so should be the preferred option for bathrooms or places where water will sit.
  • Porcelain tends to be the slightly more expensive option.
  • Ceramic is best used for walls.
  • Ceramic is best used for inside flooring and places with less wear and tear.
  • Porcelain can be used for floors and walls, but weight most be considered if used on walls.
  • Ceramic is less suitable in cold conditions, as cracking may occur.
  • Ceramic is easier to use.
  • Maintenance is similar in both types of tile, keeping the tiles clean will depend on the finish of the tile. Both are very low maintenance tiles.

The above list is some general comparisons between both tiles, however the direct relation between two tile options can differ. If you have different finish options on the tiles, different comparisons can be made. When deciding between different tiles, we can offer a more specific recommendation on what tile is best suited for your individual needs. Pop in to store or give us a call to find out more about what tiles we have to offer, and which is best for you!

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