If you’re building a new home, or renovating an older one, selecting tile flooring can be fun but challenging. Porcelain and ceramic tile are both very popular choices, and the colors and designs for each are nearly endless. If you’re interested in classic, durable tile flooring, here are 3 things to consider when choosing between porcelain and ceramic tile:
1. Porcelain is a sub-category of ceramic tile, as both are clay-based products. “Porcelain is made from refined clay and other natural elements that make it the most durable type of tile available today,” explained Steve Meyer, owner of Steve’s Flooring in Morris. “It’s harder and less porous than ceramic tile, and has a very low absorption rate that helps it resist water damage. It’s an ideal choice for bathrooms, laundry rooms, and other moisture-prone and high traffic areas.” These benefits may be slightly outweighed by the cost, which can be up to 60% higher than ceramic tile. Its hardness also usually requires a wet saw with a diamond blade to cut the tiles during installation.
2. Ceramic tiles are kiln-fired at a lower temperature, so they’re softer and more porous than porcelain tiles. The clay is less refined, so while it’s more affordable, it may be less durable over time. Its absorption rate is higher, so spills must be cleaned quickly. Ceramic tiles are easier to install, in many cases requiring only a simple tile cutter; many DIYers choose ceramic for this reason.
3. Less expensive tiles have a greater variance in size and thickness, requiring a larger grout joint. “All our tile lines have been selected for their quality and design,” added Meyer. “For the popular larger tiles, it’s important to avoid lippage, which occurs when adjacent tiles are higher or lower than the tile next to it. We use a tile leveling system to reduce lippage in our installations.”
For more information about porcelain and ceramic tile flooring, please contact:
Steve’s Flooring & Design
717 Liberty St.
Morris, IL 60450