Porcelain or Ceramic Tile: Which is Best?

Porcelain or Ceramic Tile: Which is Best?

When it comes to tiles, ceramic and porcelain are the main types that come to our minds. They are usually the most popular choices, as nowadays they offer amazing designs, are not that costly compared to other options, and more importantly you can never go wrong with them. But because both are favourites it can be a bit difficult to choose which one is better for you, so in this post we compare them to help you to make the choice.

Porcelain Tiles

This tile is clay based, and is exposed to extreme heat in a kiln to be produced. It is thanks to this process that porcelain has such a beautiful glaze. The heat also makes it even more hardwearing than before, and makes the tile non-porous and therefore water resistant. Thanks to all of these characterstics, the life span is expanded.

Porcelain tiles can be installed everywhere, so they are quite versatile tiles. Because they are extremely durable and totally impervious to water, they are perfect for high traffic areas such hallways, kitchen and bathrooms. Since they are also very resistant to scratches, they are ideal for family homes or for homes with pets. Finally, another very practical feature of porcelain tiles is their low maintenance - you only need a damp mop or cloth to keep the tiles looking fresh and clean.

Surely one of the main attributes porcelain tiles have is their wide range of options when it comes to designs, colours and finishes, so it is more than certain you will find a porcelain tile made for you.

Ceramic Tiles

The other big favourite is ceramic. This is one of the cheapest materials in tile markets, even moreso than porcelain. But don’t be fooled by this, as ceramic offers great quality and practicality. Ceramic tiles come from natural materials derived from clay - yes like porcelain! So, as you can guess, ceramic like porcelain has a long lifespan.

However, even though they are quite water resistant, too much moisture is not beneficial for them, for that, the non-porous porcelain is better. Because of this, ceramic tiles go better on walls, and in areas with less moisture. In addition, while you could install porcelain outside, ceramic is not advised. Finally, there is a difference in the glaze too, as ceramic comes with a glaze but only on the surface. In the case of porcelain however, the glaze runs throughout the tile.

Ceramic tiles are also quite versatile and can adapt themselves to any environment. So if you have a family or you are a pet owner, this is not a problem. They are very easy to maintain and a damp cloth or mop is enough to keep them clean.

As you can see, at first sight there are not big differences between the tiles, but you can see why porcelain is slightly more expensive than the ceramic tile. Ultimately though, the choice is yours, and it depends of what you want the tiles for and how much you would like to spend.

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