WHICH TILES TO CHOOSE?
CERAMIC OR PORCELAIN
Porcelain or ceramic? Both are part of the larger category of tiles we can call ceramic. Both made from a mixture of clays and other materials, then kiln-fired to approximately 1400 degrees.
Porcelain tiles are generally made by the dust pressed method from porcelain clays which result in a tile that is denser and more durable than ceramic tile.
The finish is a finer grained and smoother with sharply formed faces. Glazed porcelain tiles are much harder and are more wear and damage resistant than ceramic tiles. These types of tiles are suitable for light traffic and heavy traffic.
Porcelain tiles are available in matte, unglazed or a high polished finish. Porcelain tile usually cost approximately 10% more than a ceramic tile.
Ceramic tiles are generally made from red or white clay mixtures. They are finished with a durable glaze which carries the colour and pattern of the finished tile.
They are used in both wall tile and floor tile applications and are softer and easier to cut than porcelain. These non-porcelain ceramic tiles are usually suitable for very light to moderate traffic as they are more prone to wear and chipping than porcelain tiles.
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