Porcelain Tiles Vs Ceramic Tiles – Pros and Cons

Porcelain Tiles Vs Ceramic Tiles

Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain tiles are made of dry clay that is compressed and fired in extreme temperature for longer periods to make it dense and strong. Porcelain tiles are a form of ceramic tiles but made from much finer clay. Porcelain can suit the requirement of flooring for commercial and residential areas that face high traffic. It is very hard flooring which means it is very less likely to brittle or chip. Porcelain tiles are attractive having immense collection of designs available in market which comes in white and grey shades.

Pros of Porcelain Tile

  • Porcelain tiles are manufactured in larger sizes with great thickness, a visibly attractive feature that comes in both glazed and unglazed varieties.
  • Porcelain tiles are resistant to moisture and slips or slicks. Being baked in extremely high temperatures porcelain become highly impervious to water or any other liquid materials.
  • This tile if installed properly gives a wonderful performance lasting for years together with very less repairs.
  • Porcelain tiles are easy to upkeep and clean.
  • The color basis of porcelain tile runs throughout its thickness making it pleasing even if it is chipped or brittle.

Cons of Porcelain Tile

  • The dense porcelain material is difficult to cut, the tile tools require for cutting these tiles may not prove to be useful every time.
  • Porcelain tiles are extremely hot and cold and are not comfortable or foot friendly as they may cause health issues like stress, fatigue, joint pains etc.
  • Due to narrow grouts the cleaning of porcelain tile grouts is difficult.

Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tiles are made up of natural clay, sand and water baked together to remove excess moisture. Ceramic tiles come with flexible designs and amazing surface finishes. Ceramic tile is famous for its red terra coat surface finish. They are offered in both glossy and matte finishes. A ceramic tile flooring is mostly less priced and is easily available for the customers with budget constraints.

Pros of Ceramic Tile

  • Ceramic tiles are durable, sustainable and long lasting.
  • Ceramic tiles are offered in multiple color formats, different shapes and sizes.
  • Ceramic tiles are resistant to UV radiation, scratch and slip resistant and are easy to clean.
  • Ceramic tiles need very less upkeep and can be cleaned with a wet mop using white vinegar.
  • Unlike porcelain ceramic tiles are easy to cut and install.

Cons of Ceramic Tile

  • Ceramic tiles are very durable but not as hard and non porous as porcelain tiles. They are not preferable choice in the outdoor flooring installations. A ceramic tile tends to absorb water and gets damaged easily under changing weather conditions.
  • A ceramic tile once gets chipped or scratched the inner dull layer of the tile gets exposed making the visual allure unimpressive.
  • Ceramic tiles with bright reflective surfaces are not resistant to abrasiveness and can cause slips.
  • Ceramic tiles are very slippery if they are wet.
Porcelain Tiles Vs Ceramic Tiles – Pros and Cons was last modified: August 19th, 2013 by Jason Valasek