Porcelain and ceramic tiles each have their own unique characteristics. Despite the fact that both look somewhat similar, they both have very similar looks.
The first major difference between the two is that porcelain tiles are known to be much denser and less porous than ceramic tiles. Due to many of its qualities, porcelain is much better for both indoor and outdoor use in all climates. These types of tiles are great for high-traffic areas in a house, such as hallways and kitchen floors. Since porcelain is so dense, it is highly liquid resistant. It is capable of repelling all liquids and staining agents. In order for it to be considered “porcelain”, it must have a water absorption rate of less than one tenth of 1%. Most ceramic’s water absorption rate is usually greater than 30%, not making it the best for exterior applications. Porcelain is also frost-resistant, and often frost-proof, making it great for places that tend to have a colder climate. If you have porcelain installed, you do not have to worry about it wearing out, because of its large lifespan of a couple of decades, if used properly. Porcelain is very low maintenance, only needing the occasional mop or damp rag to wipe up a spill.
In order for a ceramic tile to be water/liquid resistant, it must be glazed. This will protect the surface against any liquids from penetrating through. Ceramic tiles are perfect against high levels of humidity, making it great for bathroom and kitchen use. A benefit from using ceramic tiles is that solid tiles can be mixed and matched with hundreds of different designs. Ceramic tiles can be cut and shaped into practically anything you choose. Maintaining ceramic can often be quite hard. Tiles should be mopped at least once a week with a small amount of dish detergent and hot water. Ceramic can often be very slippery when wet, so you should let it air dry or be wiped dry before walking on it. Spills should be cleaned up as soon as you spot them. It is practically impossible to be cracked or broken, making it last a very long time. This means that it is very hard, which can be resolved by covering it with an area rug or a throw rug. If you are doing this, then the area rug should be placed in a strategic area where people stand for long periods of time. Ceramic tiles are also used very popularly for walls and backsplash. They can come in many different colors and mosaics. Ceramic tiles usually cost between $5-$10 per square foot, but it usually depends on the quality of the tiles you are going to get.
Just because a tile is labeled porcelain, does not mean that it is more durable, or better. Ceramic can often be as durable, if not more, than porcelain. When choosing a tile, whether it be for your flooring or walls, it should not only look good and match your style, but it should withstand the tests, such as the water resistant test and durability. For more information on ceramic and porcelain tiles, send us an email, found in the about us page, or leave a comment! Here at Carpet and Tile by the Mile, we have a large variety of different styles of tiles! Come and check out our tiles in store and online!