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Most people find it hard to decide between investing in ceramic and porcelain tiles. That’s because it’s hard to tell the difference between the two just by looking at them. Both are more resistant to heat and water compared to other tiles in the market. Although they might seem the same to the naked eye, they are quite different.
If you are looking forward to getting your home rehabbed with new tiles, you should consider their pros and cons before deciding. If that seems like an uphill task to you, we are here to help you make the right call.
The main difference between porcelain and ceramic tiles is how they are made and their water absorption rate. Although ceramic and porcelain tiles are both made from clay mixture fired in a kiln, porcelain tiles are a product of higher temperatures of refined clay. For this reason, they’re denser and of higher quality, making them more durable. As such, they are more expensive compared to ceramic tiles.
Most people prefer porcelain tiles to ceramic tiles because they require less effort to maintain, are more durable, and allow less moisture to penetrate through them. This makes them more suitable for high-traffic areas and commercial environments.
Homeowners have the choice of installing unglazed or glazed porcelain tiles. Also known as full-bodied tiles, unglazed porcelain tiles have their color(s) running through their thickness. In contrast, glazed porcelain tiles don’t have the same characteristics. For this reason, they last longer compared to glazed porcelain tiles because they are more resistant to chipping.
Ceramic tiles are more porous and less dense than porcelain tiles because they are usually subjected to lower temperatures during their manufacturing process. For this reason, they shouldn’t be used in moist areas like bathrooms. Although they are more affordable, they are less durable, making them unsuitable for high-traffic areas.
Most people prefer to install ceramic tiles in their homes and workplaces because they have an attractive clean-lined appearance and adapt well to warmer climates. Furthermore, glazed finished ceramic tiles are flexible in terms of customization, patterns, and colors. However, anyone who chooses to install ceramic tiles over porcelain tiles must note that they have to clear away spills as soon as possible because they have a higher absorption rate.
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On paper, both ceramic and porcelain tiles are quite similar. However, as a client, your judgment should be based on where and why you want to install either of them. All in all, they make exquisite countertops, wall coverings, and flooring materials. If you want to install either tile, get in touch with our tile installation experts to make your home a dream come true.