Porcelain Tile / August 31, 2018 / Brousseau
In choosing your tiles do not get confused with the terms non-porcelain and ceramic tiles because although technically porcelain is a kind of ceramic ware the term ceramic tile is usually referred to as non-porcelain. These tiles are hard and non-porous and absorb very minimal water as compared to ceramic tiles which are softer and have high water absorption. Porcelain tiles are highly durable because they can resist abrasions unlike ceramic tiles that are prone to chipping and scratches.
To get more acquainted with the product porcelain is defined in the Meriam-Webster Dictionary as a fine grained translucent ceramic ware. There are different kinds of ceramic materials but porcelain comes from the more common type of material called whiteware. Porcelain was first discovered in China and it is believed to have been brought to Europe by the great merchant and explorer Marco Polo. The term porcelain was derived from the translucent shell porcellana because of its similarity to the cowrie shell.
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.