Porcelain and ceramic tile flooring are not the
same product, there are differences. Similar ingredients are used in the
manufacture of both ceramic and porcelain tile. Becoming familiar with their
differences is helpful in choosing tile for a project that is the right price,
looks good, and has the durability needed for the area of installation.
The difference between ceramic and porcelain tile flooring
Red or white clay, mixed with minerals
and water are used in ceramic tile manufacturing. The tile is baked in a type
of kiln. A glaze to reduce the natural porosity of ceramic tile is nearly always
Fine grain, light-colored clays;
feldspar; quartz; and a minimal amount of water are used to make porcelain
tile. The combination is extruded or pressed before it is fired at temperatures
that are significantly higher than those employed in the manufacture of ceramic
tile. Porcelain tile is available in both glazed and unglazed versions.
Characteristics of porcelain tile to consider
Porcelain is beautiful and lasts a long time. It is stain and crack resistant. The durability of porcelain is ideal for applications from heavy traffic areas to decorative wall tile. It has a high PEI rating that indicates strength and hardness.
Porcelain absorbs very little water, and can be used for outdoor applications. It is frost resistant. Due to its superior strength, porcelain can be formed in a range of sizes. It can be precisely cut so that the tiles are uniform in size and the grout lines are minimal.
Wool carpet - Wool is the softest carpet fiber to be found. It is a long-lasting, luxurious, natural fiber. Low-grade wool tends to be susceptible to stains, and high-grade wool is very expensive. Manufacturers sometimes combine synthetic fibers with wool to create a carpet with the benefits of each.