What’s The Difference Between Porcelain And Ceramic Tiles?

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Both porcelain and ceramic tiles are beautiful options for your hard-working wet zones, whether they’re splashed across an accent wall in a laundry, kitchen splashback or bathroom flooring. Below, we explore the ins and outs of both iterations of the tiles, discussing their make, appearance and cost to help you make a decision on the perfect surface for your home.

The Low-Down On Porcelain

MAKE: Both tiles are made from baking clays, however, that’s where the similarities end in the production phase. Porcelain tiles are fired in the kiln at a higher temperature and for a longer time than ceramic tiles, so they are more dense and durable and are completely water-resistant. The durability of porcelain tiles means they are suitable for a range of hard-working areas, from outdoor flooring to bathroom surfaces.

LOOK: Porcelain is one of the most exquisite materials to decorate your home with, as the tough tile is made from high-standard components that bring a touch of luxury to any space.

COST: Porcelain tiles are the more expensive option out of the two, due to this deluxe material being denser than ceramic. This quality of the porcelain material means the tile is highly stain-resistant and as such has a longer lifespan.

The Low-Down On Ceramic

MAKE: Ceramic tiles, on the other hand, are more delicate than porcelain tiles as they’re porous and can absorb some water. In saying that, they’re still considered waterproof and can be used in showers and bathrooms, however, be wary that a small amount of water infiltration can occur if water lingers on the tiling for too long. Our top tip? Install ceramic tiles with high-standard grout in between to create stronger walls or floors.

LOOK: The drawcard of ceramic tiles is that they’re more diverse than a box of chocolates. Complex patterns, unique colours and the ability to mix and match designs and sizes mean you can create a custom look that’s unique to your home.

COST: Ceramic tiles can cost less than porcelain tiles so are perfect for designing a beautiful room on a budget. The bottom line? Whether you select porcelain or ceramic stone for your spaces depends upon your budget, home and lifestyle.

If you’re still unsure whether porcelain or ceramic tiles would be best for your home, please don’t hesitate to give the friendly team at Stone3 a call, or view our tile library here. We’re always happy to help you select stylish surfaces for your spaces.