What are the differences between ceramic and porcelain tiles?

When it comes to new tiles, choosing between ceramic or porcelain is a real dilemma that homeowners and property developers often face. But what is the difference between the two, and where can each type of tile be used? Well, here at Tiles 2 Go, we are Preston’s leading tiling experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to help you decide between ceramic and porcelain tiles.

So, what are the differences between ceramic and porcelain tiles?

So, should you choose ceramic or porcelain? Well, these tiles differ in a number of areas, including:

  • tile density
  • tile price
  • tile durability

Difference in tile density

The density of the tiles makes a big difference to the ease of cutting and installation. Porcelain tiles are much heavier, and more dense than ceramic. This means that ceramic is much easier to cut to size and shape, and install in any space. This makes decorating quicker and easier. But it does mean that porcelain tiles are more hard wearing.

Difference in tile price

One of the things you will notice when shopping for new tiles, is that ceramic tiles are cheaper than porcelain tiles. This means that if you are on a budget, they could be a great choice. Especially for wall tiles.

However, ceramic tiles are less durable than porcelain tiles. This means that if you use ceramic tiles as floor tiles, in an area of frequent footfall, they will get damaged. Cracks, chips, and scuffs appear more easily and more often on ceramic tiles. As a result, ceramic floor tiles used in these kinds of areas will need replacing much faster than porcelain floor tiles. This means that although you saved money initially, you will have to spend more on replacements.

Difference in tile durability

One of the main differences between ceramic and porcelain tiles is the durability. Because porcelain tiles are denser than ceramic, this means it is also more hard-wearing. This means that porcelain tiles can be used effectively as floor tiles, and withstand a lot of use. And they can also withstand the damper places, like the kitchen and the bathroom, more effectively than ceramic tiles. However, you should still apply a waterproof sealant to any tiles use in the shower enclosure or splash back areas.

At Tiles 2 Go we have an extensive range of tiles, suitable for every home. Take a look today.