Porcelain Verses Ceramic Tile

When picking the perfect tile for your home, it is important to know traits of each type of tile in order to make the right choice. Porcelain and ceramic tiles although look almost identical, have very distinct characteristics that can make all the difference. Though both options are clay based, the variances are within the durability, moisture absorption, and cost.  The characteristics of each are defined by the manufacturing process, fineness of the clay, the pressure the clay is packed at and the baking temperature of the kiln. Here int the Northeast, New England weather can be unpredictable and harsh during the winter months. So if you want to improve your homes energy efficiencies, installing a radiant heat map under your ceramic and porcelain floor is a great option especially in bathrooms.

Porcelain tile starts with a finer, more refined clay mixed with other natural materials and is baked at a much higher temperature than ceramic tile. Due to the nature of construction, porcelain tiles are much more durable and less porous. Resulting in a forgiving floor that can handle spills and scratches. Other mishaps like chipping are less common due to the durability.  If chipping were to occur to an unglazed or full-bodied tile, the color would still be shown throughout the entire thickness of the product, unlike a ceramic tile. Because of the more durable, tough, less porous features, rooms such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, or even outdoor patios would be an ideal area to put porcelain tiles.  These tiles can withhold heavy traffic for a long period of time, making it idyllic floors or countertops.  Due to porcelains extreme durability and versatility, the price is much higher than ceramic, and the material is more difficult to cut. If porcelain is the right choice for your home, making sure to keep the tile clean and long lasting is an important step. Depending if the material is glazed or unglazed, using a mop or soft bristle brush twice a week, and a tile-friendly cleaner once a month will ensure clean and beautiful tile.  Porcelain tile will maintain its aesthetic for a lifetime.

Ceramic tile is made with a less refined clay and baked at a lower temperature than porcelain. This manufacturing method produces a softer, less dense material that is porous, allowing for more moisture absorption.  Ceramic tile tends to feel cooler, making it ideal for warmer climates; but can be problematic in cold environments. If being used in a colder environment one should consider installing a heat map under the floor combat cold feet. Due to the use of less refined clay, ceramic can be much more affordable and easier to install. Unlike porcelain, ceramic is very easy to cut, even more so when a tile cutter is available. Although the price and ease that comes with ceramic are wonderful features, the durability is less significant. The softer material makes cracking, chipping more common, and the ceramic tile color and glazed pattern will not be shown all the way through if these accidents occur. Another con relates to the higher absorption rate, so spills on ceramic must be cleaned quickly, and places like a shower or patio are not great areas to put this tile. Placing ceramic tiles in a lower traffic area is a safer and smarter option. With the correct upkeep and care, ceramic tiles can last in your home for years. Making sure to sweep and mop once a week, followed by a mild soap such as a dish detergent and hot water and wiped dry is a perfect routine to follow.  No matter what material is best fit for your living space, Paramount Rug Company offers the perfect tile whether it be porcelain, ceramic, glass or stone for any home renovation need!