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Ceramic vs. Porcelain Tiles?

Published : 03/16/2017 16:22:08
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Ceramic vs. Porcelain Tiles?

Here at Initial Tiles, we get a lot of questions about our products. One of the most common ones is “what is the difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles?”

We’re more than happy to answer it each time that someone asks, but we also thought we’d put together this helpful blog. Read on to discover exactly what the difference is.

Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic bathroom and floor tiles are a mixture of clay and other natural minerals. These clays and minerals get mined from the soil. They are then shaped, coloured and fired in kilns, giving them an attractive look.

Traditional ceramic tiles are often naturally coloured and left unglazed – like terracotta. They can also have highly designed coloured and glossy finishes.  The majority of ceramic tiles have either white or red colouration underneath their glazed top layer.

Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain is a more modern form of a ceramic tile. Many homeowners choose it for their kitchen, bathroom and outdoor tile needs.

These tiles are made of fine porcelain clays and get fired at much higher temperatures than ceramic tiles. This makes them denser, less porous and much harder than ceramic tiles. This means that they’re less prone to moisture absorption. They also don’t stain as easily, making them great for both outdoor and indoor use.

Porcelain is also considered to be frost resistant and more affordable than natural stone. Porcelain tiles are harder to cut and some people might find them more difficult to work with.

The Winner in Durability

Although ceramic tiles are quite durable, porcelain tiles are the winner here. This is because they are denser. Their body composition also makes them more durable than ceramic tiles. They are the best choice for heavy use and heavy traffic areas.

They also fare better when they chip. If you chip a ceramic tile, a different colour shows underneath. If you chip a porcelain tile, the same colour shows.

For Those on a Budget

If you’re concerned about costs and want to save some money, then ceramic is the choice for you. You’ll still get a quality tile with great performance, though! For those with wider pockets when it comes to renovations and builds, the more costly porcelain tiles are the way to go.

Colour Options

Ceramic tiles are available in a wide variety of colours, styles and finishes while porcelain tiles tend to be a bit more restrictive in this area.

If you’ve made up your mind between porcelain and ceramic, then it’s time to get some tiles! Here at Initial Tiles, we have a fine selection of both of these flooring options.  Please feel free to get in touch with us for a quote. We’d be happy to help.

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