Porcelain Versus Ceramic Tiles


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What is the difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles? How should the porcelain versus ceramic tile debate influence your choice? Free pocelain and ceramic tile samples help...

Porcelain Versus Ceramic Tiles

  1. 1. PorcelainversusCeramic Tilesby Awnings-and-Blinds.com
  2. 2. Porcelain Tiles:Porcelain tiles mostly consist ofrefined white (or light tan) clay andsand.These tiles are pressure-treated andsubjected to high kiln temperatures.
  3. 3. Porcelain Tiles:Therefore porcelain tiles are veryhard and need specializedequipment for cutting.However these tiles can take a lot ofwear and tear in high-traffic areas.
  4. 4. Porcelain Tiles:Since they are so dense, porcelaintiles are less likely to absorbmoisture. Because of this they arevery frost resistant. For the samereason they are also highlystainproof.
  5. 5. Porcelain Tiles:People who prefer porcelain tilesbecause they want a tile thatdoesnt show chip marks easily, arereferring to full body porcelain tiles,which carry the color all the waythrough the body to the surface.
  6. 6. Porcelain Tiles:However, most porcelain tilesnowadays have a ceramic glaze"design layer" over a porcelainbody, therefore the surface colorcould differ to that of the bodyunderneath.
  7. 7. Ceramic Tiles:Ceramic tiles consist of red, brownor white clay. They are also kiln-fired, but not at such hightemperatures as with porcelain tiles.
  8. 8. Ceramic Tiles:Because ceramic tiles are porousmany ceramic tiles are glazed inorder to minimize water absorption.Glazed ceramic tiles are verydurable.
  9. 9. Ceramic Tiles:The type of glazing is important assome tiles are too slippery for floors,and should rather be used for walls.Grade III or higher glazing makesceramic tiles highly resistant toscratching and moisture.
  10. 10. Porcelain vs Ceramic TilesRead more and compare tilesamples here:http://www.awnings-and-blinds.com/compare-samples/