Wondering about the differences between porcelain and ceramic tile? We’ve got the best comparison resource. People often have questions in regards to pricing, durability, lifespan and use in certain spaces. In short: which is better, porcelain or ceramic tile? Though there are a few differences that can determine which space is the best to use these tiles, there is not one that is inherently better than the other. Read on for answers to specific questions that we get asked a lot, and always remember to find your product online or check with your local sales rep for more information.
IS ONE BETTER FOR BATHROOMS AND SHOWERS?
No, neither porcelain nor ceramic is inherently better than the other for bathrooms and showers. Simply check the tile’s recommended applications to see if it will work for your intended use. If you prefer your toes toasty warm, either ceramic or porcelain are great options because both are rated for in-floor heating. For more information on your specific product, please check with a sales associate.
DIFFERENCES IN HOW THEY'RE MADE
Porcelain tile is made of finer clays and dust, meaning it is denser than ceramic. This makes porcelain tile suitable for outdoor use in all climates. See “What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Tile” below for more information on outdoor uses. Both porcelain and ceramic are kiln fired and then transformed into any desired style from wood look to stone and more.
CLEANING & MAINTENANCE
There is a myth that porcelain is less likely to absorb stains or scratches. We are here to inform you that this is not true. In fact, it all depends on the glaze. The water absorption rate of porcelain is lower, but this is not the only factor at play. Ultimately, the porousness of the glaze will determine the rate of stain absorption, not the underlying material. For more information on specific cleaning instructions, ask a sales associate.
There is a misconception that porcelain and ceramic tile vary in durability, but durability and overall lifespan actually depend on the glaze and installation of the tile. It does not necessarily matter if the tile is a porcelain or ceramic body. Unless you are considering tile for a commercial space, porcelain or ceramic tile should be fine. As always, be sure to check tile specifications before installing in your space. Tile is only as strong as its underlayment, and its true strength comes with installation. Neither type is inherently more durable than the other. Browse our large selection of tile tile to fit your flooring needs and personal style.