Stone flooring has always been a trendy choice, and these days, it largely comes in two configurations: ceramic tile and porcelain tile. While porcelain is technically a type of ceramic tile, not all ceramic is porcelain. In this post, we’ll discuss the important differences between ceramic and porcelain tile flooring.
During the manufacturing process, porcelain tile flooring is fired at much higher temperatures than ceramic. As a result, porcelain is much more durable and has a higher breaking strength. It lasts longer than ceramic tile, even in high traffic areas.
Porcelain tile is also frost resistant. This means that some porcelain floors are suitable for outdoor use, even during Canton’s crazy winter snowstorms. And don’t worry, they’ll hold up for the rest of the year as well. So if you’ve been dreaming about the perfect backyard getaway, porcelain tile offers a great start.
Porcelain’s higher density also lowers its absorption. This means it’s a great choice for moisture-prone areas, including kitchens, bathrooms and basements. You’ll never have to worry about spills damaging your floor (or subfloor), even if they aren’t cleaned right away.
The hard, smooth surface of porcelain creates a hostile environment for bacteria. It’s also easier to clean and remove dirt and bacteria from.
Ceramic is generally more porous. This helps preserve the original texture, which many people consider more stylish. However, it’s also more difficult to clean dirt and grime out of the pores.
Despite the many differences between ceramic and porcelain tile, it can be difficult to tell them apart by their visuals alone. Both are often cut into similar shapes and feature virtually identical styles. The differences really are more than surface-deep.
Since porcelain takes longer to manufacturer, it does cost more than ceramic. However, it also lasts longer and offers more value over time.
Making the Right Choice for Your Home
There are many benefits to porcelain, but it’s also much more expensive than ceramic. And sometimes, ceramic might be fine. If you’re not sure of which choice is better for your home, let us help! Visit Canton’s leading flooring experts at Bob & Pete’s.