What’s The Difference Between Ceramic And Porcelain?

by HGExpo.com on 01/15/2015 - 04:34 pm

Categories: Building & Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath

Even the pros would be hard-pressed to spot the difference between ceramic and porcelain tile from a top-down view, so why shouldn’t you put ceramic tile outside?

Before getting too deep in the weeds, it’s important to clarify that porcelain is a ceramic material, but not all ceramics are necessarily porcelain. In the world of tile flooring, they’re often discussed and sold as two mutually exclusive products, so we’ll refer to porcelain ceramic tiles as “porcelain” and the remaining ceramic tiles as “ceramic."

While the basic process behind ceramic and porcelain tile production is the same (clay fired in a kiln), porcelain tiles are composed of more pure, densely packed clay that’s fired at much higher temperatures. This extreme treatment results in a tile that’s harder, less porous, and more durable.

Because ceramic tiles are porous, they shouldn’t be installed outdoors or near a potential source of moisture. And because they’re soft, they’re typically not installed in commercial or industrial spaces where durability and long-term integrity are important.

Here are Shawn and Monica from Guhde Flooring with the expert analysis: