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ARE CERAMIC AND PORCELAIN FLOOR TILES THE SAME?

ARE CERAMIC AND PORCELAIN FLOOR TILES THE SAME?

Dense & Hard

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are hard and durable. They are ideal for kitchen flooring as they are tough and easy to clean. They are similar but the words are not interchangeable.

CERAMIC TILES

Ceramic tiles are made with clay, minerals and water and are porous. They need to be fired and glazed to add color and stain resistance. When the tiles are coated with a glaze of grade III or higher, they are extremely resistant to scratching.

PORCELAIN TILES

Porcelain tile is harder than ceramic and offers greater design flexibility. Talk to your Pasadena flooring contractor or interior designer about the many different design options both in size and pattern. Although both are made from clay and fired in a kiln, the clay used to make porcelain tile is more refined and purified. It's fired at a higher temperature and greater pressure, resulting in an extremely dense and hard material. Dense and hard are the words you want to hear if durability is your number one requirement.

A WORD OF WARNING

When picking your porcelain tiles, make sure that you choose one where the color runs all the way through the tile. Some tiles have the ceramic glaze just on the surface so that if they get chipped, the clay base beneath will show through. Porcelain tile is an ideal choice for a cold weather climate where you may experience constant freezing and then thawing. Because porcelain absorbs so little water, it is less likely to crack and is more impervious to stains.