Ceramic vs. Porcelain Tile Flooring – Making the Best Decision for Your Kitchen or Bath

“Should I choose ceramic tile or porcelain tile for my kitchen and bath remodel?”

When considering different types of flooring during a kitchen or bathroom remodel, porcelain and ceramic tiles are popular options. In fact many people see these popular flooring materials as one in the same. Yet there are some important differences to know when comparing the two.

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Savvy Home Supply kitchen and bath remodelers in Louisville and Brooks Kentucky offers customers a variety of premium flooring options including ceramic and tile.

Porcelain tile is a dense and durable tile that repels the absorption of water and other liquids. Porcelain tiles are generally used for high traffic areas including outdoor areas and for high traffic flooring.

Ceramic tiles, in comparison, tend to be slightly more absorbent and delicate, so they are often used indoors in lower traffic areas. Interested in learning more of the similarities and differences between ceramic and porcelain tile flooring? Follow along for more info.

9 Differences and Similarities between Ceramic and Porcelain Tiles

  1. Composition – Ceramic tiles are made of red, brown or white porous clay from Central and South America; they tend to be less refined and purified. Porcelain tiles are made solely of white clay found in Europe and the Middle East; they are more refined and purified.
  2. Firing-Time – Ceramic tiles are cooked one time at a specified temperature. Porcelain tiles are heated two-times longer at a higher temperature.
  3. Pricing – Ceramic tiles are often less expensive than porcelain tiles. They are a popular choice for DIY or crafting projects.
  4. Absorbency – Porcelain tiles are less absorbent and more stain resistant. Their strong, dense qualities require expert cutting which may make it more expensive to install.
  5. Durability – Both ceramic and porcelain tiles can be designed to match any look and color for your home. However, porcelain tiles are able to withstand greater damage since the design is fired through the entire tile. In contrast, ceramic tiles get “printed” on the surface, making them vulnerable to chipping.
  6. Usage – Ceramic tiles are often used for interior walls, mosaics, backsplashes and under glass overlays. Though porcelain tiles can be used for these designs, they are most typically used as flooring tiles and exterior walls.
  7. Strength – Ceramic tiles may become weak under pressure or in extreme temperatures.
  8. Installation – Ceramic and porcelain tile installation requires a specific skillset. It is recommended that both types of tiles are installed by experienced tile workers.
  9. Certification – All porcelain tiles are sold with some form of certification. High quality porcelain tiles have been certified by the Porcelain Tiles Certification Agency. This organization provides a list of certified sellers and brands on their website.

If you’re in the design stage of a kitchen or bath remodeling project, you may be comparing porcelain and ceramic tiles to make the best choices for your remodel. While these tiles often look very similar, there are some important differences to understand. If you want more information about ceramic and porcelain tile flooring and backsplashes, call 502-241-9969 to set up a free consult with a kitchen and bathroom design expert from Savvy Home Supply. We look forward to serving you!

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