ceramic tile

One of the most durable building materials around is tile.  Porcelain and ceramic tile are moisture resistant and require less maintenance than other materials used for flooring and wall covers.  Tile is a very versatile material that can be used in various areas of the home and for commercial applications.  While tile is widely used in the kitchen and bathroom, it can also add beauty to other areas.

Porcelain and Ceramic Tile Features

Porcelain and ceramic tile are both very durable and very good investment.  But they also have different features that help them stand out from one another.  Porcelain tile is usually known for its white or gray finish while ceramic tile has a traditional red terra-cotta finish.  Ceramic tile can also be glazed to create different surface colors.  On the other hand, porcelain tile is normally left unglazed and gives off a more natural look.  Both of these tiles will add beauty and texture to any room you choose to install them in.

Porcelain and Ceramic Tile Uses

Both of these tile types can be used for similar applications.  From showers, ceilings, backsplashes to countertops, porcelain and ceramic tiles both make great choices. Porcelain has a lower moisture content which allows it to hold up well and prevent cracking in very cold temperature.  This makes porcelain tile better for outdoor use.  Ceramic, on the other hand, should only be used indoors due to its higher moisture content and its tendency to crack in cold weather.  Keep this in mind when choosing tile for your next remodeling project.

Tile Installation

Ceramic tile is easier to work with and this is why so many do-it-yourselfers choose to work with it.  It is easy to cut, and many homeowners can learn how to install ceramic tile by doing a little homework.  Porcelain tile is harder to work with, and due to its dense nature, it can be difficult to cut.  Therefore, hiring someone to install porcelain tile is probably your best bet.  Special cutting tools will need to be used in installing porcelain tile, and most homeowners simply don’t have access to them.

Ceramic tile is made from natural clay, sand and water. These materials are molded to form square or rectangular tiles and then baked in a kiln to remove most of the moisture. Porcelain tile is also made from clay but tends to be made using denser types of clay than ceramic. Porcelain tiles are baked at very high temperatures for long periods of time so that almost all the water is removed. This longer drying time makes porcelain tile much harder and denser than ceramic.

Ceramic and porcelain tend to have different overall colorings and appearances. Ceramic tile is known for its natural red terra-cotta finish, while porcelain is usually white or grey. Although ceramic may be glazed to create different surface colors or designs, porcelain is usually left unglazed. White chips in the glaze can be highly visible on ceramic tiles, whereas chips in porcelain are not as noticeable because these tiles are the same color throughout.

Both porcelain and ceramic can be used to cover walls, ceilings, countertops, showers and backsplashes. Ceramic is designed only for indoor use, while porcelain can safely be used indoors or out. This designation is due to the higher moisture content of ceramic tile, which makes it more susceptible to freezing- and thawing-related cracks. Porcelain has a lower moisture content and is less likely to crack due to freezing.

Porcelain generally costs more than ceramic tile. At the same time, porcelain is more durable and longer lasting, so it may be the cheaper of the two over the life of the installation. Porcelain is also less porous, making it easier to clean and less likely to stain. Stained ceramic may require replacement due to the difficulty of removing stains from porous tiles.

Porcelain can be expected to last longer than ceramic in almost any application. It can withstand high levels of traffic and increased levels of wear and tear. Ceramic is likely to chip or crack if objects are dropped on it, and the tiles are not expected to hold up for as long as porcelain units. Ceramic should not be used in most commercial applications, while porcelain can be used in light- or medium-duty commercial projects in addition to residential.

Porcelain is very hard and durable, which can be a problem during installation. Its dense nature makes it difficult to cut, especially when special shapes or rounded edges are needed. For do-it-yourself installers, ceramic is often the better choice because it requires fewer special tools. It is also better to use ceramic when working in an oddly shaped area that requires a large number of special cuts.

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Aequa

Aequa

Alabastrino

alabastrino

Al Contro Travertine

Al Contro Travertine

Alpine

Alpine

American Slate

American Slate

Antico Wood

Antico Wood

Baita

Baita

Bellagio

Bellagio - DROP

Blast

Blast

Boreal Marbelized

Boreal Marbelized - DROP

Caesar Rapolano

Caesar Rapolano

Cali Botticino

Cali Botticino

Canapa

Canapa

Canyon

Canyon

Castello

Castello

Cementi

Cementi - DROP

Century

Century

Chalet

Chalet

Chicago

Chicago

Classic

Classic

Coliseum Calacatta

Coliseum Calacatta

Coliseum Carrara

Coliseum Carrara

Como

como

Crema Di Italia

Crema D'Italia - DROP

Delhi

Delhi

DiCava

Di Cava

Dolmen

Dolmen

Earthen Essence

Earthen Essence

Eco Travertini

Eco Travertini

Eramosa

Eramosa

Essenze

Essenze

Flash

Flash

Flashback

Flashback - DROP

Fossil Wood

Fossil Wood

French Wood

French Wood

Galapagos

Gala Travertino

Gala Travertino

Gala Travertino

H-Line

H-Line

Headline

Headline

Larix

Larix

Legno

Legno

Mallory

Mallory

Manhattan

Manhattan

Marvel

marvel

Mercury

Mercury - DROP

Mikonos Stone

Mikonos Stone

Milan

Milan

Milazzo

Milazzo

Mythos

Mythos

Naturalia

Naturalia

Nembi

Nembi

Olympia

Olympia

Onyx Stone

Onyx Stone

Ottoman

Ottoman

Pedra

Pedra - DROP

Plain Rustic Sheet

Plain Rustic Sheet

Pompei

Pompei

Quarzite

Quarzite

Rancho Texas

Rancho Texas

Ravello

Ravello

Rox

rox

Salus

Salus

Sandalwood

Sandalwood

Silk

Silk

Slate Ridge

Slate Ridge

Soho

Soho

Statuario

Statuario

Stone Leader

Stone Leader - DROP

Taormina

Taormina

Teos

Teos

Tiburtino

Tiburtino

Timberline

Timberline

Torino

Torino - DROP

Urban Stone

Urban Stone

Valencia

Valencia

Vesuvio

Vesuvio

Vintage

Vintage

Woodland Terrace

Woodland Terrace

Wood Squared

Wood Squared

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