Porcelain and ceramic tiles are very similar and can often be confused with one another. When shopping for tiles you will notice that porcelain tiles are more costly than ceramic and salespeople will explain a long list of differences and why porcelain is better. Many manufacturers such as Rak tiles have both options available in similar designs. Here are the main differences between porcelain and ceramic tiles so you can make the right decision when purchasing tiles:
- Water Absorption
Porcelain has fewer impurities than ceramic does, and this makes it have a lower water absorption rate. As clay, porcelain is much denser and ceramic clay is more porous. As tiles, porcelain is a harder material than ceramic and therefore more resistant to moisture.
Ceramic is a softer cut compared to porcelain and is much easier for homeowners to cut using a snap tile cutter or wet tile saw. Porcelain tiles are much more brittle and require more expertise when cutting to the right size.
- Exterior Use
Both ceramic and porcelain tiles are generally not recommended for outdoor use. There are however certain types of porcelain tiles that have been specifically designed for exterior use.
Porcelain tiles are much more durable than ceramic tiles and are therefore better suited to heavy usage. When chipped, a porcelain tile is the same colour underneath so it is almost unnoticeable, however when a ceramic tile gets a chip there will be a different colour showing up that makes it more noticeable.