Tile & StoneThe Difference Between Ceramic & Porcelain

January 12, 2021by website_control

Discover the similarities & some significant differences between ceramic & porcelain tiles so that you can choose the right one for your next tiling project.

Although these two belong to the same class, ceramic & porcelain tiles are more like cousins than twins. Some use the terms ‘ceramic’ & ‘porcelain’ tiles correspondingly, but there are actually some differences. Depending on how you plan to use your tiles, ceramic, or porcelain tiles may suit you better.

Ceramic or porcelain tiles are two elegant & versatile surface coverings. The modern tiles at Quality Floors & More are available in colors & designs to match – or create – your room’s decor. Ceramic & Porcelain tiles are part of the larger category of tiles that can generally be called ceramics. This particular category encompasses all rigid tiles shaped from natural earthen clays &  are hardened by heat. However, in the modern tile industry, porcelain tiles occupy their own class because they meet certain specifications.

Both types of tiles are clay-based & kiln-fired, but porcelain is technically a different type of ceramic. The clays utilized to make porcelain tile have a higher density & are heated longer at a higher temperature in comparison to ceramic.

The variation in ingredients & production processes creates these two types of tile with unique characteristics. Depending on how you plan to use your space & which among these two ceramic or porcelain tiles may suit you better? Here is how they differ from each other & where they are best used.

A Quick Comparison

The significant difference between ceramic & porcelain tile is the percentage of water they absorb. Porcelain tiles absorb less than 0.5% of water, while ceramic & other non-porcelain tiles absorb more. While making the porcelain tiles, the clay is denser & so less porous. It impacts how the tiles act & what they are best used for.

Packaging will symbolize if the brand-new tiles are ceramic or porcelain. The American Society for Testing & Materials offers certification for manufacturers making porcelain. There are some thumb rules for loose or installed tiles that can help you determine whether it is ceramic or porcelain.

  • The glaze of porcelain tile is smoother than that of ceramic tile. Turn over a portion of the loose tile. The unglazed exterior of ceramic tile will probably feel coarse. The finer grain of porcelain tile will be smooth to the touch.
  • Porcelain tile possesses the same shade/color throughout the material. A chipped or broken piece of unglazed porcelain tile will have a uniform shade throughout its thickness. Whereas Ceramic tile often possesses a glazed surface coloring, so chips may expose a different shade underneath.
  • Ceramic tiles are generally not as dense as porcelain & therefore are somewhat lighter by comparison.

Below is a helpful overview of the essential things that make each tile what it is. We like to help where we can!

Final Thoughts

While choosing a tile from the best in the tile market, i.e., Quality Floors & More, it’s a must to choose one that doesn’t only look good & fits your style. The tile selection should also be capable of withstanding the test of time.

For those who are going to tile their kitchen & have children or dogs around the house, then porcelain tiles would be better because they offer extra durability. On the other hand, if you’re going to renovate a bathroom, you can either use porcelain or ceramic, depending on your preference.

Happy tile hunting! We at Quality Floors & More will be glad to know what works out for you & don’t forget to leave a comment below & share your insights with us.

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