What’s the difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles?
Tiles come in lots of different shapes, sizes, colours and types.
The two most commonly used types of tiles are ceramic and porcelain tiles. And, while suitable for use in virtually every room in the home, there are a number of differences between the two tiles which are worth knowing ahead of any planned tiling project.
That’s because depending on where you are tiling, one tile might suit you over another.
So, make sure to read on to find out how they differ and where ceramic and porcelain tiles are best used in the home. And, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact a member of the Tile Warehouse team. They’d be more than happy to help.
How are ceramic and porcelain tiles made?
While ceramic and porcelain tiles are made using a similar process the main difference between the two is the rate of water they absorb.
Porcelain tiles are fired at a far higher temperature and for a longer period of time than ceramic tiles to help eradicate almost 100% per cent the moisture from the tile (generally less than 0.5% of water). This helps to make them less porous which in turns makes them stronger giving them more durability over the longer term.
Which is the more durable tile – ceramic or porcelain?
While porcelain is the more durable tile due to the way it is made this isn’t to say that ceramic tiles aren’t just as tough and as long-lasting. However, when it comes to the higher traffic areas of the home, like bathrooms, hallways and kitchens, porcelain is generally the better choice, especially for floors.
Which needs more maintenance – ceramic or porcelain tiles?
There is little in the way of difference in terms of maintenance when it comes to ceramic or porcelain. Advances in modern technology mean they require little more than a regular wipe with a PH based cleaner to keep them looking as good as new.
Which is the more water resistant?
Again, both are excellent options for rooms which see a lot of moisture – like bathrooms. The only real difference between the two comes with the floors, where a high anti-slip rating is a must for bathrooms and especially wet rooms.
This is where porcelain tiles come into their own thanks to their higher slip rating. Just make sure to check the tile’s individual slip rating before making any decision.
Which are cheaper – ceramic or porcelain tiles?
Like everything costs will vary but generally ceramic tiles tend to be the more affordable of the two – making them a popular choice for anyone undertaking a DIY project on a tight budget.
They are also lighter which in turns makes them easier to handle and in turn easier to fit. They are also slightly softer making cutting ceramic tiles easier.
Ultimately the decision is down to yourself. We hope this has helped you though weigh up some the pros and cons of ceramic vs porcelain when it comes to tiling in your home.
Need more information?
If you have any questions regarding selecting the right tiles for your home, then feel free to contact our Customer Services team.