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If you’re designing a home for the first time or if you’re remodeling your home, you’re probably wondering what type of flooring material would be better for that area. Whether it be the kitchen, bathroom, or any other room, you want to pick the best flooring option. For many people, the decision between ceramic or porcelain tiles can be difficult. You’ll find yourself asking, “which is better?” The answer to that isn’t as simple as you may think, but there are various factors and benefits that both these materials can bring. In this blog post, we will be going over some of the differences to help make that decision easier for you. If you have any further questions regarding your choice in tile, contact us, Transworld Tile, or visit our showroom located in Northridge. 

 

Despite the fact that both ceramic and porcelain tiles look similar, there are still a multitude of differences between the two types. For example, porcelain tiles are known to be denser and less porous than ceramics. This means that they are better for both indoor and outdoor use, and they also appear to be denser due to how their manufactured. However, ceramic tiles are highly recommended for interior floors and walls. When looking at porcelain tiles, they are more preferable for places that endure heavy traffic. Whether that be hallways, kitchen floors, or commercial spaces, porcelain tiles are highly resistant against chipping and scratching. This also makes them great for homes with children. As you can see, there are a lot of varying factors, so let’s dive deeper and take a look at them.

 

Porcelain Tiles 

 

Liquid Resistance 

Porcelain is a very dense material, which makes it highly resistant to any kind of liquid absorption. This can be great if you’re in a room or an area that may be exposed to liquid frequently. If you add a melted glass glaze to your ceramic tile, this can make the surface almost impervious to any water or liquid damage. 

 

High Stain Resistant 

Porcelain tiles are also highly stain resistant. This is due to its liquid resistance like we just spoke about, but with its ability to repel liquid, those staining agents won’t be able to sink in and damage the tile. So for areas that children are in with things that can get easily spilled, porcelain tiles might be a great option. 

 

Absorption

Like we’ve mentioned, porcelain tiles are basically resistant to absorption. Fun fact: in order for a tile to even be qualified as “porcelain,” the tile must have a water absorption rate of less than one-tenth of 1%. This makes them great for indoor and outdoor use, but specifically popular in outdoor areas that may experience a high amount of precipitation or moisture. Porcelain, as compared to ceramic, may be less able to absorb liquids but the two of them are very good at rejecting liquid.

 

Durability

Porcelain tiles are considered to be one of the most durable flooring options that are available on the market. When using an applicable ASTM Test, regular ceramic tile has a breaking strength of 250. Aside from their solid appearance, porcelain tiles are perfect for commercial use since they’re so resistant to most heavy impact stresses. When you’re choosing a porcelain tile for commercial use, look for one that has at least a 5 PEI rating so that you know it can withstand heavy traffic. 

 

Fireproof 

Porcelain tiles are made out of a material that does not burn easily under normal circumstances. So when used on flooring that might experience high temperatures from commercial activities, they are ideal. They also can help restrict the movement of flames if there is a fire break out. 

 

Ceramic Tiles 

 

Water Resistance 

One of the great things about ceramic tiles is the fact that they contain a protective layer that covers the tile. This makes the ceramic tile extremely water-resistant. They can also withstand extreme levels of humidity, which can make them perfect for kitchens or bathrooms. 

 

Flooring Costs 

Most ceramic tiles costs between $5-10 per square foot. The price usually depends on the quality of the tiles, but for the most part you can expect to pay that price. Depending on the place where you install them, they can also increase the value of your property. You probably never thought ceramic tiles could do that! 

 

Maintenance 

Ceramic tiles are very easy to maintain and take care of, making them great for homeowners. Liquid, dirt, and stains stay only on the surface and can easily be wiped or mopped away. Regular maintenance is also usually comprised of vacuuming and sweeping with some type of broom. 

 

Durable 

These types of tiles are extremely tough and can be nearly impossible to crack. Usually, only something designed to crack ceramic materials will be able to break it. So, normal wear and usage stand up great against ceramic tiles. If your tiles are properly installed, they can last for decades, especially if they are properly maintained. 

 

Allergen Resistant

Ceramic tiles are best known for their solid hard surface, which is why they are extremely resistant against pollen, dust, and other types of allergens. When these particles land on a ceramic floor, they don’t get absorbed into the tiles, so they’re easily able to be wiped away by a broom or vacuum. Not only is this great for the floor, but it also keeps these particles out of the air. Due to this, ceramic tiles are incredible for homes! 

 

All in all, you have to be the one to decide what type of tile you want. Since there are so many variants when it comes to the two materials, you may also want to come into the showroom and look at them in person. This can also be influenced by what designs are available in each material. At Transworld Tile, we have all types of ceramic and porcelain tiles in multiple designs. If you have any questions regarding our tile or tile materials, contact us today to speak to one of our experienced representatives. When you think tile, think Transworld!