The Difference Between Porcelain and Ceramic Tile.  What is it? Well, porcelain is actually a type of ceramic tile, so it can be a confusing distinction to make. Most ceramic tiles, including porcelain, are made from clay that is kiln-fired to approximately 1400 degrees.  So, what is the difference between the two?

To explain this, we will refer to all non-porcelain ceramic tiles as simply “ceramic tile” and porcelain ceramic tile as “porcelain tile”. The main differences between the two are in hardness, water-resistance, durability, and cost.

Ceramic tile is usually made from a mixture of red and/or white clay that is then glazed.  Ceramic tiles are best used for walls and light or moderate traffic floors areas, as they can be prone to chipping.

Porcelain tile, on the other hand, is made from porcelain clay.  The porcelain clay creates a harder, more durable tile than other ceramic tiles.  Porcelain tiles work much better for heavy traffic areas, and their superior water-resistance makes them an excellent choice for bathroom and kitchen floors.  

Generally speaking, you can expect to spend about 10% more for porcelain tile than you would for ceramic tile.  For most uses, ceramic tile is the best choice for cost-effectiveness, as well as general performance.  

But if you decide to invest in the porcelain, you will want to be certain that you are getting actual porcelain, as there are times when regular ceramic tile can be mislabeled or casually referred to as “porcelain tile”.

Whichever type of tile you choose, installing new tile can be a great way to update and personalize your home!

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