Porcelain or Ceramic Tiles – YOU Decide

Porcelain or Ceramic Tiles – YOU Decide

This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 and is filed under Top Tips

Porcelain VS Ceramic Tiles – Which Option Is Better For Me?

Often customers will come to our showroom and ask about the differences in the two types of well-known materials in the industry – ceramic tiles or porcelain tiles. At Klynstone over 95% of our tiles are porcelain. In this week’s blog we explain the advantages and disadvantages so you can make an informed decision about which material would suit you best for your project.

For those of you who want a quick answer the main difference between porcelain and ceramic is the density of the tile. Porcelain is manufactured so they are much denser and therefore tougher and more durable than ceramic tiles.

Manufacturing Differences:

Ceramic:

Ceramic tiles are made from a natural clay with a durable ‘glaze’ (the design) added to the face after the clay has been pressed/baked at high temperatures in a kiln to remove most of the water content.

Porcelain:

Porcelain tiles are also made from clay, but generally those of a denser nature. Finely ground sand is also added to the mix. The materials are then pressed and fired at higher temperatures (compared to ceramic tiles) and for much longer to remove practically all of the water content. This process is what makes porcelain tiles denser, less porous and more hard wearing than ceramic tiles.

Based on this information we hope you will agree with us and see the advantages of both and why we choose to supply porcelain over ceramic. If however you do still need any help or advice feel free to pop down to our showroom where one of knowledgeable sales team can guide you through the process.

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