WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CERAMIC AND PORCELAIN TILES?
CERAMIC TILES are clay bodied tiles with a glaze
baked on the surface. This glaze may contain a pattern, be a solid color, or
have a mottled or marbled appearance.
Because of this glaze, the color of the tile will not go all the way through
the clay body. Meaning, that if this tile were to be chipped or cracked, the
clay body underneath would show through.
Ceramic tiles can be further broken down into wall or floor tiles. Ceramic
floor tiles tend to be thicker than wall tiles, and have a more durable, slip
glaze. While ceramic floor tiles can used on walls, it is inadvisable to use
wall tiles on the floor.
PORCELAIN TILES are what’s known as
a through body material. This means that the color and patterning of the material
goes straight through the clay
body. This type of manufacturing makes a harder, more durable tile, and in
the event that something was to chip a tile, it would be more difficult to
the chip, as the color of the tile would not change.
|Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Advantages:
appearance -- tile holds an ancient mystique and
today's tile products perform better than ever
of maintenance -- stain-resistant and easily cleaned
with sweeping and occasional mopping
tile is one of the most long-lasting types of flooring
surfaces and great for high-traffic areas
tile offers nearly unlimited color choices, textures
and finishes to fit any decor from bright to subdued
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