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Ceramic vs Porcelain: Which Is Tougher?
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Porcelain Tiles or Ceramic Tiles?

Ceramic tiles are an extremely common choice for both indoor and outdoor renovation projects. But with porcelain becoming more popular, you may be wondering if this is a better choice for your project - so what exactly is the difference between porcelain and ceramic tiles?

Porcelain tiles are manufactured using extremely pure clays and minerals that are dry-pressed into shape and then fired at very high temperatures. The resulting tiles are very durable and will absorb minimal water.

Ceramic tiles, on the other hand, simply have a glazed top surface – so they aren’t as hard wearing or stain-resistant as porcelain tiles.
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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 tough material because it is baked 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 paving slabs, please do not hesitate to contact the PrimaPorcelain team. Don't forget to order your FREE tile samples!.
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