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Ceramic Versus Porcelain Tile Floors

Last week we talked about a great flooring option – heated bathroom floors.  Today we would like
to discuss another popular flooring material – tile.  One of our most frequently asked customer questions regarding tile flooring is, “What is the difference between ceramic and porcelain tile?”  We’ll look at both options and help you determine which is the best fit for you!

 
Ceramic Tile: Ceramic tile is composed of a mixture of clay and other natural materials.  The desired clays are mined before being shaped, colored, and fired in a kiln. Ceramic tile can be left naturally colored and unglazed (similar to what you would see with a terracotta pot), but is nearly always coated in a durable glaze which carries the color and pattern.  Ceramic tiles are typically more prone to chipping and other signs of wear and tear than porcelain.  In addition, ceramic tile is more prone to absorption.  As a result, we generally recommend ceramic tile for low to moderate indoor-only traffic areas.

 
Porcelain Tile: Porcelain tile is a newer material, quickly becoming popular among homeowners and remodeling professionals alike.  Contrary to common perception, porcelain tile is actually just a different variety of ceramic tile.  The difference is in the creation.  Porcelain tiles are created using fine porcelain clays and are fired at a higher temperature than ceramic tile.  As a result, porcelain tiles are harder and denser, less porous, and less prone to moisture and stain absorption than their ceramic counterparts.  However, they are also harder to cut due to their density and hardness.  In general, the more durable construction of porcelain tile makes it great for both indoor and outdoor projects.

 

Are you ready for new flooring?  Contact Homecare to get your project underway!

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