Porcelain Tile / September 9, 2018 / Brousseau
Porcelain tile and ceramic tile both start off the same being composed of more or less the same materials such as clay and quartz. After formation they are both fired to high temperatures. What spells out the difference between the ceramic white tile and porcelain tile is that the latter uses a more highly refined and purified clay making the porcelain tile denser than the other tile. This is an extremely important difference since being more dense means that porcelain tile absorbs far less moisture making it both durable and stain resistant.
Glazed porcelain can be found through many online retailers for varying costs. Here are a few different types of glazed porcelain that can be used in any area of the home. The Wood Grain Collection made by Takla offers your floors the hard wood appearance with the protection of glazed porcelain. These tiles have a water absorption rate of less than 0.05% and are first grade quality porcelain. The thickness of the average tile of this type is 3/8 inch and the finish is matter and slightly embossed to have the appearance of wood grain. The PEI rating for these tiles is 4 and they are considered a green building material.
There are some types of porcelain tiles that are quality made and do have characteristics that are vastly superior to ceramic tiles. You should always only shop for quality name brand tiles at quality tile shops to ensure that you are truly getting a quality product. Ask many questions at the tile store and ask to see as many samples as possible before you actually purchase them. Remember that many times you will be paying a premium for porcelain as opposed to just normal ceramic tiles. In many cases especially with indoor tile installations ceramic tiles will perform just as well at a much lower price.