Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Ceramic vs Porcelain...

At a quick glance, 
porcelain tiles 
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.*

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