Published at Saturday, May 18th, 2019 - 15:20:00 PM. Porcelain Tile. By Lyle Ferre.
First off porcelain is a much denser tile than ceramic and less likely to chip. Also it's absorption rate is less, which makes it frost resistant and suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations.* But if a glazed porcelain tile chips, you will see the porcelain. In many cases buying a porcelain tile for a residential product is overdoing it and a ceramic tile will do just fine for your project. Every tile, ceramic or porcelain, has a PEI rating. The PEI rating should be the determining factor in making your final decision, not whether the tile is ceramic or porcelain. The PEI rating will tell us how resistant a tile is to chipping or scratching. Below are the PEI ratings and the recommended use for each rating.
The main difference between these two popular types of tiles is the way in which they are made. Ceramic tiles are usually made using white or red clay. There are moulded into the desired shape and then places into a clay oven. Next they are coated with a glaze, which helps lock in any pattern or colour that has been placed on the tile. As ceramic tiles are made from a soft clay material, they are typically much easier to cut, so are perfect if you think you will need to alter the size of tiles due to uneven lines or tricky spots to be tiled.
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