Porcelain Tile / September 14, 2018 / Brousseau
When it comes to deciding which tile to use in your home most people waver between choosing porcelain tile or a ceramic white tile. Certainly both have great qualities bringing beauty and charm into the space you are living in. Good quality tile adds an elegant tastefulness to a room as well as providing flooring that can stand up to more use than wood or carpet. This is why its so important to make sure youre choosing the right kind of tile. Everyone loves the clean bright look of white tile so its little wonder that people wonder if they should use ceramic or porcelain tile. A lot of DIY tile installers ask the difference between the two and the answer is surprising. Despite a superficial similarity differences abound between the two types of tile.
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.
Cheap porcelain tiles can be difficult to properly install. Cheap tiles may look nice on the surface but they may not be able to be cut cleanly with a tile saw and may chip on the edges. Also if the tiles are porous then it will be difficult to clean up the excess grout. Grout haze can become embedded in the tiles and make them look vastly different after they are installed compared to what they looked like before they were installed. Cheap tiles can have quality control issues. Many times people choose their sample tile and then order them.