Porcelain and ceramic tile are two of the most commonly sold tile materials on the market today. However, consumers often mistake one for the other, or categorize both as ceramic tile. So how do they differ? While much of the distinction is in the composition of the tile, their features are also a defining characteristic. Here is a comparison between porcelain and ceramic tile:
- Ceramic Tile: Ceramic tile is primarily made of clay material which is heated to form a solid tile. The top portion of the tile, known as the design layer, is glazed to create a smooth surface. The natural products in this tile make it hypoallergenic and impervious to odor. Ceramic is very durable and will generally last for the lifetime of your home.
- Porcelain Tile: Porcelain is made up of very fine sand particles put under extreme heat and pressure to form a solid floor tile. Porcelain is even more durable than ceramic tile, as it gains strength from the pressure it was put under during development. This material also has a slight edge on ceramic tile for its moisture deterrence, with a 0.5% or less water absorption rate, making it ideal for humid spots such as bathrooms or patios.
- Choosing a Tile Type: The choice between ceramic tile and porcelain tile mainly involves which style you prefer. Both hold up well to odors, moisture, and traffic, and will last for a number of years. In the end, the style, texture, and color of tile that you desire will influence your final decision.
At Standard Tile, we have a wide array of both porcelain and ceramic tile options, and can discuss the choice with you to ensure that you wind up with the exact results you desire. To learn more about our products, contact us by calling (888) 903-0998 or by visiting our website.