In last week’s article, we gave a quick overview of the different types of tiles, porcelain, ceramic, mosaic, natural stones and quarry tiles. This week, we shall focus on the most popular tiles in the industry, Porcelain and Ceramic tiles.
If you were to lay them side by side you could hardly tell the difference, it is only when you look at the back of them, you will notice the red clay biscuit of the ceramic tile and the white clay biscuit of the porcelain. You may say “red vs white clay biscuit, what is the difference”, but it is the clays used in the baking process that determines the real look, strength and durability of the tile.
Ceramic tiles are very affordable in both the price of the tiles and the installation material (thinset) used. As a result, they are used in many residential areas, wall, and floors, indoor and outdoor and even in commercial spaces with minimal foot traffic. The look of ceramic tiles when introduced over 30 years ago is so much more advanced today. The market has moved to larger format tiles thus giving your space that seamless luxurious look. Ceramic tiles are generally used for residential installations on walls and floors.
Porcelain tiles were made to withstand more wear and tear than ceramic tiles. Due to its density, the porcelain tiles tend to be a bit more expensive and the thinset with the latex additive is more costly too. In recent years, the tile industry has been doing amazing things with tiles, thinner and bigger tiles, that look like cement, marble, wood or stone. Due to its durability and non-porosity, they are used in hotel lobbies, restaurants, office spaces, outdoor patios, pool decks and driveways.
Let us see if you can tell the difference!
Ceramic vs Porcelain
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