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Porcelain Tiles or Ceramic Tiles?

Both porcelain tiles and ceramic tiles are common choices for indoor and outdoor renovation projects. These two materials have a lot of similarities; they’re both clay-based and kiln-fired tiles, but there are actually a lot of differences between the two.

Porcelain tiles are forged from clay like ceramic tiles, but the clay used for porcelain is much more highly refined and fired at much higher temperatures. These enhanced techniques leave porcelain with an incredible strength and low porosity, meaning it absorbs less water and is more stain-resistant.

Ceramic tiles, on the other hand, are made using a significantly less refined clay and a less advanced firing technique, leaving the tiles more porous and fragile. They have a glazed top surface, making ceramic tiles less stain-resistant and less durable.

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Porcelain VS Ceramic Paving

Tougher than Ceramic Tiles

The clay used to create porcelain tiles and paving slabs is highly refined and purified before being fired. Consequently, porcelain paving slabs tend to outperform ceramic tiles in most environments.

Porcelain is an incredibly durable material because it is baked in a kiln at 1200°C. At this temperature, 100% of the material vitrifies – meaning it’s converted into a very dense and hard-wearing material. The finished porcelain product is far more durable than ceramic.

If you’re still unsure whether porcelain or ceramic is the best choice for your project, you should also bear in mind that porcelain tiles absorb less water than their ceramic counterparts. Water-resistant porcelain slabs hold up well even in outdoor spaces that see a lot of rain.

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In the battle of ceramic tiles vs porcelain tiles, there can only be one winner: porcelain! If you’re looking for low-maintenance tiles that will endure whatever life throws at them (and still look as good as new years later) then porcelain tiles are the far superior choice.

For further information about our hard-wearing porcelain tiles and how they fare in comparison with ceramic tiles, please do not hesitate to contact the PrimaPorcelain team. Don't forget to order your FREE tile samples!