Both ceramic and porcelain tiles are popular tiling choices that can add a splash of colour to your kitchen, bathroom, wet area or feature wall. But what is the difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles? Which are better?
Ceramic Vs Porcelain
Both ceramic and porcelain tiles come in a wide range of exquisite colours and patterns. Porcelain tiles typically come in more colours, patterns and surface finishes than ceramic tiles. Depending on what you’re looking for, porcelain tiles can also come in patterns that closely resemble wood grains and natural stone. Porcelain as a material is remarkably good at mimicking natural and other types of stones.
While both porcelain and ceramic are very durable, porcelain comes out on top when it comes to water and heat resistance. Porcelain has slightly better resistance to elements, making it the top choice for outdoor locations in regions with mild climate. Ceramic is typically not recommended for outdoor locations in any environment.
When it comes to chipped tiles, ceramic tiles that are chipped are actually quite visible. When a ceramic tile is chipped, you can see a different colour underneath the top glaze, as the clay used for ceramic is much less dense than of porcelain. When a porcelain tile is chipped, the colour runs all the way through; so the damage is nearly invisible.
Porcelain will come in more expensive than ceramic tiles, resulting in higher retail prices. Ceramic tiles tend to run about 60 to 70 percent of the porcelain tile costs, on average.
The main difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles is the rate of water they absorb. Porcelain toles absorb less than 0.5% of water whilst ceramic will absorb more. This is because the clay made to use porcelain tiles is much denser and less porous.
When it comes to choosing between porcelain and ceramic tiles, it’s important to consider what you expect to get out of your tiles. Both materials can be lifetime surfaces when properly maintained, resisting cracking and holding structure for a very long time. It really comes down to the use of the tiles, where they are placed, and what kind of design you are after.