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Porcelain vs Ceramic

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

The answer is pretty straightforward: porcelain tiles are manufactured from extremely pure clays and minerals that are shaped by dry pressing and then fired at very high temperatures. The result is a very durable material with an extremely low level of water absorption. Ceramic materials, on the other hand, just have a glazed top surface and are therefore not as hard wearing or stain resistant as porcelain. The clay used in our porcelain tiles and paving slabs is more highly refined and purified. Consequently, porcelain paving is denser in composition than standard ceramic tiles.

Tougher than Ceramic Tiles

Porcelain is a much tougher material due to the fact it is baked at 1200 degrees Celcius so 100% of the material "vitrifies" - meaning all of the tile/paving material is converted into a very dense and hard wearing material. This produces a product that is hard wearing and tough - you could say an eternal material. Porcelain also lends itself to a huge variety of stylish designs.
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Our range of outdoor paving slabs allow you to combine the 10mm thick tile for indoors with a seamless transition to your outdoor living space, using either 10mm thick tile (with a suitable adhesive) or the thicker 20mm thick range, which can be dry installed using our support pedestals.

For further information about PrimaPorcelain products, please do not hesitate to contact us on 029 2080 3756.
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