Ceramic Tile Versus Porcelain Tile:

Which is Right for You?

The two most popular kinds of tile — ceramic tile and porcelain tile — are closely related, but they have some key differences. Ceramic tile is made from a mixture of clays and other natural materials, which are then fired in kilns. While porcelain tile is also made from clay, it is fired at a much higher temperature, which makes it denser and less porous than its ceramic counterpart.

How can you tell which kind of tile is right for you? By examining each type’s unique benefits, and making a choice that suits your lifestyle, your project, and your budget, of course! As usual, Crystal Carpet & Flooring Company is here to help. In fact, we’ve already outlined some of the benefits of ceramic and porcelain tile to get things started.

The Benefits of Ceramic Tile

  • Ceramic tile is less expensive than porcelain tile. If your budget is a concern, ceramic is more economical choice.
  • If you want to go the DIY route, ceramic tile is easier to cut. Porcelain tile, on the other hand, requires the expertise of a professional to cut and install.
  • Are you redoing your kitchen back splash, tiling a section of the house that doesn’t see a lot of traffic, or remodeling a protected area? If so, ceramic tile is a contender, as it’s less durable than porcelain.
  • Will the tile be used in a bathroom or other humid environment? In that case, you may want to choose ceramic—it’s easy to clean with the added bonus of being waterproof.

The Benefits of Porcelain Tile

  • Porcelain tile is less absorbent than ceramic, and thus more stain-resistant. If you’re worried about messes or accidents, porcelain is the way to go.
  • Porcelain tile is stronger than ceramic, and can be used indoors, outdoors, and in high-trafficked areas without fear that it will chip or break. It’s a great choice for businesses and commercial buildings.
  • The design on a porcelain tile goes through the whole tile, so it will last longer. If you want beauty as well as function, then porcelain is for you.
  • While cold weather might not seem like an issue in Wilmington, NC, the ice storms from our past two winters beg to differ. Porcelain tile is better for cold-weather climates. Because it’s less porous, it’s unlikely to absorb moisture and crack during freezing weather.

Still confused?

That’s okay! We can write all day about the differences between ceramic tile and porcelain tile, but the best way to decide which is right for you is by talking to a professional. Visit Crystal Carpet & Flooring Company today and we’ll settle the debate the best way we know how—by taking your unique situation into account.