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What is the Difference Between Porcelain Tiles and Ceramic Tiles?

What is the Difference Between Porcelain Tiles and Ceramic Tiles?


When to use porcelain? When to use ceramic?

A frequent dilemma when it comes to picking tiles is whether to go for Porcelain or Ceramic. Is one better than the other? Which do I need? These are common questions we get asked so let us clarify any doubts you may have. The key difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles is that a porcelain tile is denser and less permeable than a ceramic tile, even though they look the same.

ceramic porcelain glazed

And what is the difference?

In simpler terms this means a porcelain tile is much more hard wearing and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, the extra density is a result of a slightly different manufacturing method. Whilst ceramic tiles are only recommended for internal walls and floors, porcelain tiles are a more common choice for floors that expect heavier traffic; i.e. hallways, kitchen floors and commercial applications as they are highly resistant to scratching and chipping.

Porcelain external ceramic tiles

Full Body or Glazed Porcelain?

There are two types of porcelain tiles – through-body porcelainand glazed porcelain. Through-body porcelain is where the tile has no glaze so the colour/design is the same all the way through so if there was any wear or chips to the tile it’d be very difficult to see. Glazed porcelain is where the tile has been manufactured with a glaze applied to the tile face. In this case the body of the tile is just as hard wearing as a through body porcelain however the glaze has the same characteristics as the glaze on a ceramic tile.

Here in Alpha Tiles we take great pride in the excellent, personalised service that we provide. We always offer straight forward, practical and honest advice as we endeavour to make sure that our clients achieve the desired finished effect both functionally and aesthetically.


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