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Ceramic vs. Porcelain Tile: What’s the Difference?


Ceramic and porcelain tile have been around for decades and while these two tiles might look similar to the untrained eye, they do have distinct differences. If you haven’t read this blog post, let’s revisit the difference between ceramic and porcelain tile.


Ceramic (non-porcelain) tiles are generally made from red or white clay fired in a kiln. They are usually coated with a durable glaze in which the color and pattern re infused. Clay-based ceramic tiles are an ideal choice for kitchens, bathrooms, basements, laundry rooms and other moisture-prone areas. Ceramic floor tiles work well in these spaces because they are incredibly water and stain resistant and also very durable. Ceramic tile is incredibly cost effective. It has the best “dollar per mile” of any flooring surface! The limited upkeep and maintenance of ceramic tile also adds to the value of installing it in your home. Ceramic tiles offer a natural, organic look because tiles do not have the precise, perfected, cookie-cutter edges like some porcelain styles. Some ceramic products require wider grout lines; ceramic makes for a fantastic treatment for many rooms.

While ceramic styles will vary between manufacturers, there is a color and texture to fit your every need. Ceramic comes in a wide variety of sizes; from tiny mosaic tiles to large format such as 18” x 18” or 18” x 24”. You can also purchase ceramic tile in just about any shape imaginable. Create your own unique installation pattern, and don’t be afraid to incorporate trim pieces, borders and inlays to highlight decorative elements. Go for gorgeous neutral tones, or choose bright, bold colors to accent your space. Your options are endless!


Porcelain tile is an excellent choice for homeowners because of its versatility and durability. It is less absorbent that ceramic and certain porcelain styles are rated as frostproof for outdoor applications. The hardness of the tile allows for many porcelain styles to be manufactured with defined, rectified edges. Rectified edges means the tiles are engineered with precision; the corners and sides can be placed very closely together for thinner grout joints.

There are many different shapes and sizes of porcelain tile available. Thin, large format porcelain tiles are a trend that has become quite popular in the last year and shows no sign of slowing down. The tiles are more versatile in terms of installation. Today, the color and texture spectrum of porcelain products is truly incredible. It is more authentic and affordable than ever!

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