At a quick glance,
seem to appear the same.
In actuality they are very different.
The differences are listed below:
- Ceramic tiles are generally made up of red or white clay fired in a kiln.
- Most often they are finished with a durable glaze.
- Ceramic tiles can be used in both wall & floor applications.
- Ceramic is softer & easier to cut when installing.
- Often they are rated between 0-3 on the PEI scale.
- Usually have a higher water absorption rating making ceramic less frost resistant.
- Porcelain tiles are generally made by the dust pressed method from porcelain clays resulting in a tile that is dense, impervious, fine-grained & smooth.
- They have a much lower absorption rate making them frost resistant or frost proof.
- Full body porcelain tiles carry the color & pattern throughout the entire tile thickness.
- Can be used in light traffic areas to commercial & industrial applications.
- Various finishes are available.
- Rated 4-5 on the PEI scale.
* By looking at the differences between ceramic & porcelain tiles, you can be better prepared when choosing the right tile for your installation.*
* Here at the Nest Home Decor & Flooring we have both available in many color & pattern variations.*