When homeowners are weighing which type of tile to use for design projects there are several popular options to choose from, including ceramic and porcelain – two materials that are quite similar to each other but have differing qualities that are important for designers to know.
For some home projects including flooring in heavily used rooms, porcelain tile might prove to be a better choice. But for renovations on a budget, ceramic tile can sometimes be the preferable option. There are several factors that should be considered which will help in making the right decision when it comes to which tile to use for a project that will look great for years to come.
They’re both factory produced materials, which means that they can be made in a huge range of colors, shapes, sizes, and styles. They are sometimes confused for each other because they’re both made from clay in a kiln. For ceramic tiles the surface pattern or color is usually just on the surface, in contrast to porcelain tiles where the design continues through the thicker material.
But the versatility of both ceramic and porcelain means that whatever the imagination can conjure up, the appropriate tiles will be available, be it something that resembles the grains of a hardwood floor, or a vibrant single color. So other factors like cost and labor time can help make the final decision on whether to opt for ceramic tile or porcelain tile in a specific room.
Ceramic tile tends to have a few more color choices for designers, and it’s also easier to cut for installation to fit whatever the project might be, from bathroom backsplash to kitchen countertops. This makes it preferable in rooms that require a lot of specially-cut pieces.
Another benefit of ceramic tile is that it’s usually lower cost than porcelain, and therefore it can help for those homeowners on a budget who still want something that’s going to look great.
That’s not to say that porcelain lacks any benefits, as it’s a great tile in rooms that could get pretty wet. Because it’s a much denser material than ceramic, it doesn’t take in anywhere near the same amount of moisture. This makes porcelain tile a wonderful option for floors, walls and other features in rooms where splashes are common, such as the bathroom or the kitchen.
The thickness of porcelain tile also makes it preferable over ceramic tile for flooring and other parts of rooms that see a lot of foot traffic and action. It’s a sturdy material that can withstand a lot of wear and tear, so if that’s the primary concern, then porcelain is usually the better option.
Cleaning both ceramic and porcelain is a similar process with soap and water, meaning maintenance is comparable – and both materials are much easier to work with than some types of natural stone.
It’s important to consider all of the above factors when trying to decide between ceramic and porcelain tile, but whichever is chosen, it’s bound to create a beautiful feature.