Also, most people are often confused about whether they should use one or the other tile on their floors. Let’s see if we can help you figure out which one is better for you.
Don’t be taken in by the jargon that a salesman will throw at you. Porcelain evokes images of
Italian ancestry, fine porcelain china, etc.
Porcelain tiles have nothing to do with that. They are manufactured in good ol’ American factories and are just slightly different in composition than ceramic tiles.
Don’t worry when a company asks you to pay more for their porcelain certification either. Only 23 companies in the USA have received certifications from The Porcelain Tile Certification Agency but so many manufacturers will falsely claim to be one of these companies.
Slightly Less Porous
Exactly how much less porous are porcelain tiles in comparison to ceramic ones?
Well, just 0.5% less which means porcelain tiles absorb that much less water. This makes it more resistant to moisture, but only just a tad bit more.
This means you shouldn’t use it on the exterior walls or floors of your building. Instead of porcelain or ceramic, stone is a much more durable option for patios, porches, etc.
Porcelain tiles are less porous than ceramic ones because they are denser in composition.
Its denseness makes porcelain tiles more durable. That means when you chip your porcelain floor tiles, you will barely notice it unlike a ceramic tile, which will reveal a different color inside the chipped portion.
Porcelain tiles are fired for a longer duration of time and at higher temperatures. Porcelain tiles also have a richer feldspar content. All these factors make these tiles more durable than ceramic ones.
Less Ease of Use
Since porcelain tiles are denser, they are more difficult to cut, use, and apply onto the floors. You will need to hire a setter to do it for you. Whereas, you can easily lay a ceramic tile all by yourself.
All said and done, you might pay 60% more for porcelain floor tiles than for ceramic ones.
Don’t let just cost influence your buying decisions. Call us right now to help you make a more well-informed decision of whether you should buy ceramic or porcelain floor tiles.