Ceramic & Porcelain Tiles

Ceramic & Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain and ceramic tiles are known for their durability, moisture resistance and low maintenance. These types of tile are perfect in kitchens and bathrooms but may even be used as an outdoor patio tile. Additional uses for porcelain and ceramic tiles are: countertops, backsplashes and decorative wall coverings. Each offers distinct benefits that you’ll want to consider when you are making your purchase decisions.

Manufacturing: Ceramic and Porcelain tile are made from natural clay, sand and water. The difference is that Porcelain’s clay is denser than Ceramic’s clay. Both tiles are baked at very high temperatures for long periods of time to remove almost all the moisture.

Features: Ceramic and porcelain differ greatly in overall coloring. Ceramic tile is basically red terra-cotta while procelain is usually grey to white. Although ceramic may be glazed to create different colors and design, porcelain is most often left unglazed. Note that chips in the glaze of ceramic tiles can be highly visible, whereas porcelain chips are not as noticeable because of its solid color throughout.

Uses: Both tiles can be used in almost any typical indoor installation, however only porcelain can safely be used outdoors as well. This is due to the higher moisture content of ceramic which makes it more susceptible to freezing- and thawing-related cracks and chips. Porcelain’s lower moisture properties make it less likely to crack due to freezing.

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