Tile Differences

The Differences

‘Ceramics’ is often used as a catch-all term for tiles, but there are actually some very big and important differences between ceramic and porcelain tiles.

Ceramic and Porcelain: The Differences

‘Ceramics’ is often used as a catch-all term for tiles, but there are actually some very big and important differences between ceramic and porcelain tiles.

 

Before we continue, we want to put an end to a very dated – and incorrect – theory. If you have ever been told that ceramic is for wall use and porcelain is just for floors, you have been terribly misinformed!  We have listed out the facts below, to help you in understanding these different materials.

 

It is not always easy to tell the material of a tile, especially to the untrained eye, so be sure to obtain confirmation before purchasing.

 

 

Ceramic

 

·      Cheaper to manufacture and to purchase

 

·      Easier to cut

 

·      Softer and less dense

 

·      Lighter Weight

 

·      Can chip and scratch easily

 

·      May stain easily

 

·      More porous (ceramic absorbs more water)

 

·      Indoors only for cold climates (ceramic can crack in cold temperatures/frost)

 

·      Suitable for Walls and Floors (although we recommend just for walls)

 

·      Best suited for low traffic areas

 

 

 

Porcelain

 

·      One of the most durable materials for walls and floors

 

·      More expensive to manufacture and to purchase

 

·      Harder to cut (but this is not an issue for professional tilers. Be wary of tilers who say you cannot use porcelain!)

 

·      Harder and more dense

 

·      Heavier (however there are thin, light-weight options on the market such as Coverlam)

 

·      Porcelain is the only thing that will scratch porcelain

 

·      Stain resistant

 

·      Less porous (porcelain absorbs less water, giving it a water resistant quality)

·      Indoors and Outdoors (porcelain is heat and frost resistant)

 

·      Suitable for Walls, Floors and Fabrications

 

·      Perfect for high traffic areas

 

 

If you require further help or advice on which material is best for your needs, please contact us: info@lafabrico.com and we will be happy to advise.

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