The terms ceramic & porcelain often get thrown around interchangeably, but they’re not one and the same. Here are some important differences to keep in mind as you consider your options for tile:
How They’re Made
Both porcelain and ceramic tiles are similarly manufactured from baking clays, however what really separates them is their density and durability.
- Porcelain tiles are fired at higher temperatures for a longer time than ceramic, which makes them more durable and denser—practically completely water-resistant
- Ceramic tiles are more delicate and less porous, meaning they can easily absorb water
Appearance of Porcelain vs. Ceramic
Another factor that sets these types of tiles apart is their appearance. With today’s technology and ever changing trends, both tiles can be any color or pattern imaginable.
- Porcelain’s color or design is carried through its entire body. So if they happen to get chipped, it’s not as obvious.
- Ceramic tile designs and colors are printed on the surface and protected with a type of glaze. So if these tiles get chipped, it’ll be more noticeable since the body of the tile is a different color than the surface.