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Monday 8 January 2018

Ceramic vs Porcelain Tile

Posted by at 9:24 AM

Porcelain -

  • Less water absorption, so it’s better for high moisture applications.

  • Harder/denser so it’s better for outdoor and high traffic locations.

  • Porcelain tile is fired at a higher temperature for longer than ceramic, and this helps make the tile stronger.

  • Color-body tile, which means the same color is all the way through the tile. If chipped it is harder to see since the color goes through the entire tile.

  • More durable/scratch resistant.

  • Since porcelain is harder, it’s brittle which makes it easier to break when cutting. In order to cut porcelain tile, a diamond blade is needed.

  • Usually more expensive than ceramic, depending on the detail of the style.

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Ceramic -

  • Ceramic is more porous as well as less dense than porcelain, so it will absorb some moisture.

  • Ceramic tile is fired at a lower temperature for less time, which makes it less durable than porcelain.

  • Ceramic is not a color-body product, which means only the top finish layer of the tile has the color/design. If the finish layer is chipped, it will expose the different colored clay that makes up the remaining thickness of the tile.

  • Since ceramic is not quite as hard as porcelain, cutting it is easier.

  • Usually less expensive than porcelain, depending on the detail of the style.

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