Ceramic vs Porcelain Floor Tiles

Ceramic and Porcelain tiles are two of the most popular floor and wall tiles for both residential and commercial construction.

Due to their similarities, a lot of people confuse the two and use them interchangeably without even ever noticing.

Ceramic vs Porcelain Floor Tiles

So what’s the difference in relation to composition, durability, and cost?

What’s the difference between Ceramic and Porcelain Floor Tiles

The major difference between Ceramic and Porcelain tiles is the mode of preparation. Both are made from clay and heated in a Kiln, but Porcelain tiles are made from more refined clay and heated at higher temperatures, which makes them more durable as compared to Ceramic tiles.

Ceramic Floor TilesPorcelain Floor Tiles
Made from a mixture of clay, minerals, and waterMade from a mixture of clay, Sand, and Feldspar
Heated to temperatures between 1800-2000 °FHeated to temperatures up to 2300 °F
Has a PEI Rating of 0-3. (PEI Rating-Hardness of the top glaze and traffic level that flooring can endure)Has a PEI Rating of 3-5
Should therefore be used in light traffic areasShould therefore be used in heavy traffic areas
Lighter and less denseHeavy and denser
Less DurableDurable
Easy to cutDifficult to cut
Has a water absorption rate between 2-2%Has a water absorption rate of 0.05% Almost impervious to water
Works better indoorsCan be used indoors and outdoors
Performs best in residential areas.Can be used in both commercial and residential areas.
CheaperA little bit costly.

With the rise in improved technology, however, it is becoming hard to tell the difference between the two. You might find some high-end ceramics that are even denser, more expensive than Porcelain and that can be used both outdoor and indoors.

However, no matter the pick, both tiles are Inert, non-toxic, and do not contain harmful chemicals. In case of accidents that make the tiles break, one should be very careful because both tiles are very sharp and can badly make deep cuts.

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