What’s the difference between ceramic and porcelain floor tiles?
Tile flooring is hard to beat. Be it your bathroom that feels like a spa or kitchen with its personality; floor tile delivers much to the homeowner. Your options are unlimited. No matter what your choices may be, ISSIS & SONS is here to answer any questions you may have about tile.
Ceramic clay is a unique natural clay heated in a kiln to a specific temperature to produce hardness and density. The majority of ceramic tiles are standard in size, with neutral colors. There are more unique designs available, though. Ceramic is a porous material until it is glazed over. Then it is waterproof. It is less dense and less hard than porcelain, which makes it easier to cut.
Porcelain comes from Kaolin clay. It is still a ceramic, but it is heated at a much higher temperature than ceramic. Porcelain can stand up to heavy foot traffic and is resistant to all scratches and stains. Since it is a higher quality product, it can be more expensive than ceramic. It has many colorful designs available. It can even be made to look like stone or wood.
The colors in porcelain are the same from the surface to the body. So the same pigments run through the body of the tile. There is not a need to glaze porcelain.
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