However, there are some specific differences between these two very similar tiles. Ceramic is made of a lower grade clay which is covered in a brightly colored glaze. This means that if ceramic tile is cracked or chipped, it is easily visible because of the differences in coloration.
Porcelain tile, on the other hand, is made with high-grade clay that is the same color through and through. Glazes on porcelain are often clear so that even a heavy chipping will not be very noticeable.
Porcelain is also fired at much higher temperatures than ceramic and is, therefore denser and harder. Because it is denser, it has a lower permeability, and is, therefore more resistant to spills, moisture, water, and humidity. Porcelain is a great choice for bathrooms, kitchens, and foyers because of this fact. If you have any tile questions, give us a call
Because ceramic tile and porcelain tile are so dense, installation is best accomplished by a seasoned professional. Many who try to make a DIY project of it often find themselves having to replace a great many tiles. If you chip or break them during installation, the only choice is to buy replacements.
Professionals have all the specialized tools and know-how to not only accomplish the installation properly, but they can carry it out quickly as well.