The Difference Between Porcelain and Ceramic Tile

A photo of a beautiful kitchen with porcelain tile flooring. Another option is ceramic flooring which isn't shown here.
Kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms are popular rooms for tile flooring.

There are two types of floor tiles that are very popular: porcelain and ceramic. Both are beautiful and can give your home a high-end look, but there are some important differences between the two that you should know about before making a decision.

The Difference in Tile

Porcelain tile is made from a harder clay than ceramic tile, and it is fired at a higher temperature. This makes it more dense and less porous, which means it is less likely to absorb stains and moisture. Porcelain tile is also available in a wider range of colors and styles than ceramic tile, so you can find something to match any décor.

However, porcelain tile is more expensive than ceramic tile, and it is also more difficult to cut and install. If you are planning a do-it-yourself project, ceramic tile may be a better option.

Ceramic tile is made from a softer clay and fired at a lower temperature than porcelain tile. This makes it more porous and less dense, which means it is more likely to absorb stains and moisture. However, it is still water-resistant. Ceramic tile is also less expensive than porcelain tile, and it is easier to cut and install.

However, ceramic tile is not as durable as porcelain tile, so it may not last as long. And because it is more porous, it requires more maintenance, such as sealing and grout cleaning.

So, which type of tile is right for you? It depends on your budget, your project, and your personal preferences. If you want the most durable tile that is easy to maintain, porcelain tile is the way to go. If you want a tile that is less expensive and easier to install, ceramic tile may be a better option.

Our flooring experts can help answer all of your questions and help you make the right decision based on your personal needs and lifestyle. Contact us today for a FREE In-Home Showroom & Estimate!

Chad McComas