Ceramic & Porcelain Tile

Ceramic & Porcelain Tile

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 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 great 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 dur to freezing.

ceramic-cutterCost: You can generally expect that porcelain will cost more than ceramic tile. But consider that porcelain is more durable and longer lasting so the extra cost can be spread over its longer lifetime. Porcelain is also less porous and less likely to stain so removal of the entire stained tile is almost always required.

Durability: Because of its durability, porcelain usually lasts longer than ceramic. It can withstand high levels of traffic. Ceramic is more likely to chip or crack if objects are dropped o it, and the life-expectancy is usually much shorter. Note that ceramic tiles are not recommended for most commercial applications but porcelain’s durability is suitable for light- to medium-duty commercial applications.

Installation: Porcelain can be more of a challenge to the amateur installer because it is very dense and difficult to cut. Shapes or round corners are a real challenge. Ceramic tile is easier to use because it required fewer specialized tools and is easier to cut into oddly shaped areas.

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