Porcelain / Ceramic
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are two versatile surfaces. These tiles can be found in kitchen and bathroom floors, mudrooms, porches and of course walls and backsplashes. Tiles are available in a variety of colors, styles, and designs to create the decor of your room. Before picking the style of tile for you, let’s understand the difference between porcelain tile and ceramic tile.
Both tile types are clay-based and kiln-fired, but porcelain is a specialized type of ceramic. The clays used to make porcelain have a higher density and are fired longer at a higher temperature than ceramic.
Porcelain tile has the same color throughout the material. A broken or chipped piece of unglazed porcelain will have a uniform color throughout its thickness. Ceramic tile often has a glazed surface coloring, so chips may reveal a different color underneath.
Resistance to water is perhaps the biggest factor in the ceramic tile vs. porcelain decision. Ceramic tile is more porous and therefore has a higher water absorption rate. As such, it should not be used in outside applications.
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