When choosing between a porcelain or ceramic tile there is two key elements that define them. Porcelain has the tendencies to be a stronger tile and more suited for higher traffic areas, whereas ceramic tiles are more affordable in material and installation, therefore it being a cost effective solution. They are both made from clay, but porcelain is a refined clay, therefore being more dense.
what is the difference between porcelain & ceramic
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PORCELAIN & CERAMIC
Porcelain tiles have a variety of benefits including it being scratch resistant, easy to maintain, a stronger body build as the colour on the surface resides throughout the body of the porcelain and has a lower water absorption rate that has been applied in the manufacturing process.
a porcelain tile?
WHAT IS A PORCELAIN TILE?
non rectified tiles
Rectified: A clean, seamless, and symmetrical look that can be used on a ceramic or porcelain tile that have been manufactured to near- perfect straight edges. It also allows a finer grout line between 1.5-3mm between tiles.
Non-Rectified: Also known as a cushioned edge are mostly common in ceramic tiles, where the edging is slightly rounded than a rectified tile, and require thicker grout lines.
RECTIFIED & NON RECTIFED TILES
Screed is a thin layer of concrete that is poured over a floor surface prior to laying tiles. It creates a smoother and levelled surfaced, that even outs the imperfections and prevents lipping, meaning that one tile won’t be higher than the other creating a flush finish.
WHAT IS SCREED?
Ceramic tiles are a natural clay that can be combined with sand and water to create different sized tiles. They are a combination of red or white bisque, that then gets baked into a kiln where it removes all the moisture. It has the application of using a glaze on the surface to produce a gloss look to the tile. They are easy to maintain and highly durable.
a ceramic tile?
WHAT IS A CERAMIC TILE?
Please be aware that when choosing a tile from your selection whether it be shade or patterns that it will be similar to what has been displayed. Depending on the batch process from manufacturing most tiles can come out lighter or darker, which isn’t a noticeable difference but will be reminded throughout the selection. With selecting tiles that have patterns on them, there is a mixture of tiles that are scattered throughout, meaning not every tile will be the same. We will always ensure our clients are aware of this during our tile selections.
SHADES AND PATTERNS
Glazed Porcelain: A hard coloured finish that is applied to the surface of the tile. It is non-porous, chemical resistant, strong & dense but is prone to scratch in high traffic areas. If chipping occurs, the base colour will be visible as colour does not run throughout the body.
Full Body Porcelain: A tile that consist of the colour running throughout the entire body, meaning if it was to chip the colour will be the same as the base. Full body porcelain can also be porous therefore sealing is recommended.
Double Loaded Porcelain: Formally known as a Half Body Porcelain, it consists of the same topcoat throughout half the tile followed by a white bisque of the remaining half.
different types of porcelain
DIFFERENT TYPES OF PORCELAIN