Modern porcelain tiles are the most popular flooring materials across the world replacing all other traditional flooring products such as marble, travertine, hardwood, laminate, engineered wood, and even industrial cement look floors. They look just like the real thing at a lower cost. They are easy to maintain and durable. Besides, large format porcelain tiles have been bringing a more spacious feel to our living spaces.
But what this magical product is made of? We were all familiar with ceramic tiles as a cheap alternative to marble floors. But What’s this new product called Porcelain Floor Tile. What is the difference between ceramic and porcelain?
Porcelain Tile is a Ceramic Product
According to science textbooks and dictionaries: ceramics are nonmetallic and inorganic solids that aren’t metal or based on carbon compounds.
In the flooring industry, ceramic is a tile that is made with clay hardened by heat. By nature, ceramic tile is water absorbent.
What makes the difference is the clay and the heat.
When the clay is hardened with some other elements and fired at a higher temperature, ceramic becomes a denser and stronger material that we call porcelain floor tile.
in another word, Ceramic tile with water absorption 0.5 % and below is called Porcelain Tile.
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Which one to choose ? Porcelain or Ceramic ?
Porcelain is a denser and heavier product than Ceramic. It’s stronger and more durable. It’s ideal for flooring and it can also be used for wall applications.
Ceramic is a lighter product. it sticks better to the walls, making it ideal for wall applications.
What makes a tile water proof, scratch and stain resistant is the glaze top.
The surface of the Ceramic wall tile or Porcelain floor tile is covered with a thin coat of liquified glass that we call Glaze.
Generally speaking, the glaze is not water absorbent. It doesn’t scratch nor It stains.