Porcelain and ceramic are a great choice for a sleek, polished aesthetic. If you like a very smooth look, ceramic or porcelain is the way to go! Now, how do you decide between them?
What are the differences between ceramic and porcelain?
As you can see from the images below, at first glance, differentiating a ceramic tile from a porcelain tile can sometimes be difficult! The illustration and information below should help you understand these differences so that you can make an informed decision.
Porcelain is a subtype of ceramic tile. Porcelain is denser than ceramic which means that it has a lower absorption rate. It is also frost resistant and incredibly durable.
Pros: Low absorption rate means that porcelain is super stain resistant. Itʼs also frost resistant, which makes it better than ceramic for outside applications.
Cons: The particular toughness of porcelain is great for commercial use, but can be unnecessary for most residential applications. Also, you cannot use ordinary setting material (i.e. what youʼd use for ceramic) to set porcelain. Porcelainʼs low-porosity means that it requires a modiﬁed setting material in order to anchor it to substrate.
Ceramic tiles are thin slabs of clay or other materials, hardened by oven firing and usually coated with some type of glaze. Ceramic is best known for its durability. It’s easy to clean and doesn’t harbor germs (which makes it great for kitchens and bathrooms).
Pros: Durability, versatility, low maintenance, easy installation, low cost
Cons: Can vary in size and color from lot to lot