15 Jan 2014

What are the Differences between Ceramic Tiles and Porcelain Tiles?

As we have noted in many of our previous articles, when deciding on tiling a surface, choosing the appropriate products is one of the most important steps in the process. Even if you choose high quality, expensive tiles, if they are not a suitable fit for your walls or floors, they will not pass the test of time. We have noticed a lot of people do not know what the difference is between ceramic and porcelain tiles are and that many of you believe the differences between the two types are not really relevant and that choosing between the two is down to a style preference only. We would like to emphasise that this is not in fact the case and the differences in material are important and need very much to be taken into consideration when selecting your tiles. There are many important differences between these particular products and we have listed the key features below:
Ceramic Tiles Porcelain Tiles
Made of Red, brown or white porous clay. White clay. More refined.
Used for exterior No Yes
Colour Only on the top. Through the whole tile.
Cutting Easy to cut by DIYers. May require expert cutting.
Maintenance Easily cleaned and maintained. Easily cleaned and maintained.
Porcelain is denser than ceramic and has a lower water absorption rate (0.5%). Because they are less absorbent, ceramic tiles are more stain resistant and withstand moisture and harsh weather. Ceramic tiles, especially the glazed versions, are usually used for interior walls. These kinds of tiles should not be used for exterior tilings because they are prone to cracking.