What’s the difference between porcelain and ceramic tile?
Which is better porcelain or ceramic tile? From Bob Villa to Better Homes and Gardens, reviewers seem to agree that home owners can’t go wrong with either one. There are differences between porcelain and ceramic tile, but today’s quality and choice has never been better.
These tiles are more desirable than laminate and can truly be an alternative to real wood. For instance, styles are as diverse for these tiles as they are for laminate or vinyl plank. Best of all, ceramic and porcelain flooring are likely to add significant value to the home. Wood look porcelain tile Dallas TX gives hardwood a run for its money. For that matter, ceramic tile that looks like wood is an equally good choice.
If you are considering new floors, you should get to know these siblings, their advantages and disadvantages.
Ceramic Tile Advantages
Ceramics cost about 30 percent less than porcelain tile flooring. It is less expensive to produce, and, therefore, less expensive to buy. To make the tiles, a less refined clay is kiln-fired to achieve a hard surface. These tiles are durable and long lasting.
Like porcelain, ceramics come in a wide variety of beautiful looks. You can find something to fit your style, whether its traditional, contemporary, bold or artsy. Namebrands, such as Interceramic and Mohawk, are familiar to Dallas TX shoppers.
In hot climates, such as ours, the ceramic surface is desirable for its natural coolness. It feels good to bare feet.
The product is easier to cut, and installation requires less skill. Porcelain is likely to break in the hands of an inexperienced contractor. Tile density has a good side and a bad side. While ceramic tile is less dense than porcelain tile, it is also a far easier material for do-it-yourselfer homeowners to cut manually, by wet tile saw, or with a snap tile cutter.
Porcelain Tile Advantages
The first thing to note is that porcelain is a type of ceramic. Today’s porcelain is a modern scientific achievement known for low water absorption rates. True porcelain has an absorption rate of .5 percent or less.
The same thing that makes porcelain water resistant, also makes it more durable than ceramic. Porcelain’s composition is denser and smoother. This fine-grained composition helps make it impervious to stain-causing liquids.
To create porcelain, engineers use a combination of quartz, clay and feldspar. Then it is fired at 1,200 degrees Celsius. Generally porcelain contains more kaolin and is purer than ceramic.
As a result of its higher concentration of feldspar, true porcelain tile is more durable. Furthermore, not only is it less likely to break or chip, but if it does, the color is true throughout the tile. Ceramic tiles have an exterior glaze, and a chip will reveal a different color.
Since it is smooth and nonporous, Porcelain is easier to keep clean than ceramic. There’s less upkeep and more reward. This may be important in high traffic areas.
Lastly, flooring experts agree that ceramic should never be used outdoors. This is due to its tendency to grow as it retains water. This leads it to crack easily. Porcelain is better suited to outdoor use and to indoor use, where water is involved. This is why home owners prefer porcelain for pools, bathtubs and showers.
You really can’t go wrong with ceramic or porcelain tiles. Peeks Floor Company staff will help you find the right fit for your style and budget. Five Dallas area locations mean that there is a showroom near you.