Porcelain vs ceramic tiles

Which is better: porcelain or ceramic?

Porcelain and ceramic tile are quite similar; in fact, porcelain is a type of ceramic. However, the two differ in their properties. Read on to learn more about porcelain vs ceramic tiles:

Pros of porcelain

Durability

Porcelain isn’t considered porcelain unless it has a water absorption rate of less than 0.5%. This means that it’s quite durable against moisture and other damage, which makes it a great flooring option. 

Through-body color

Porcelain flooring tends to have through-body color, which means that the pigment runs throughout the tile. In the even that your porcelain tiles chip, the color will remain. While the chip remains, it won’t damage the looks of your porcelain tile flooring.

Versatile

Another advantage of porcelain tiles is its versatility. Since it’s durable against moisture absorption, it can be installed both indoors and outdoors! This makes for beautiful spaces, inside and out!

Pros of ceramic

Affordable

Ceramic tile is quite similar to porcelain tile, minus a few features. However, it’s still a beutiful and durable flooring option. Plus, it’s more affordable than porcelain tile flooring.

DIY installation

Since ceramic tiles are softer than porcelain tiles, they can be cut with regular tile cutters. This means that ceramic tile installation is something you can DIY.

Design

Ceramic tiles come in all kinds of colors and designs. They also come in different finishes, so you’re sure to find something that suits your preference perfectly!

Cons of porcelain 

Expensive

Porcelains looks and qualities warrant a higher price than some other flooring options. However, due to its features, you won’t have to spend a penny over the years.

Not DIY installation

Porcelain installation requires a wet saw, so it’s not something that homeowners can install on their own.

Cons of ceramic 

Moisture Absorption

Since ceramic tile doesn’t have the same moisture-resistant properties as porcelain, it’s susceptible to damage caused by moisture absorption.

Revealing

Ceramic tiles don’t have through-body color like porcelain tiles, so sany chips or cracks they have will show through.

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