The Difference between Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles
A tile is a tile… or is it?
So, you’ve made the decision to tile your home. Congratulations, you’ve chosen a product that with the proper installation and care will look great for years with minimal maintenance. The secret is choosing a tile that is suitable for the location and application, but the wrong choice means you may run into problems in the medium to long term.
The Ceramic Option
The ceramic or non-porcelain tile is generally made from red or white clay and fired in a kiln. They are usually finished with a durable glaze which carries the colour and pattern and are suitable for wall tile and floor tile applications. Because they’re softer and easier to cut than their porcelain cousins, they are less durable.
Ceramic tiles are most suited to very light to moderate traffic only and because of the base material used are more prone to wear and chipping than porcelain tiles.
The Porcelain Option
Porcelain tiles are a high quality tile also known as ‘vitrified’ tiles. They’re extremely strong with low porosity which makes them highly resistant to liquid. Porcelain tiles are available unglazed with either a polished, natural, or textured finish.
Porcelain tiles are glazed with either a gloss, matt, or textured finish, making them one the most popular choices for floors. Because they’re harder and more wear or damage resistant than ceramic tiles, they’re suitable for any application from light traffic to the heaviest residential and even light commercial traffic.
The more specialised full body porcelain tiles carry the colour and pattern through the entire thickness of the tile, making them virtually impervious to wear and are suitable for any application from residential to the highest traffic commercial or industrial applications.
Why Myaree Ceramics are right on trend
At Myaree Ceramics, we’re committed to offering nothing less than the finest (natural stone inspired) ceramic, porcelain tiles and features to our valued customers. With our experienced staff, exclusive brands and a commitment to exceptional design, we’re dedicated to helping you create the space of your dreams. For the best independent advice on your choice of tiles, contact us on 9330 3611 and bring your plans into our showroom at 91 Norma Road, Myaree.