Both products are made of fired clay, but porcelain tile is fired at a much higher temperature and contains more minerals creating a denser and less porous product. This makes it able to withstand moisture at a much greater rate than ceramic. It also makes it more durable and less prone to chipping and scratching. Another perk with porcelain tile is that its non-porous surface keeps bacteria from taking up residence. Because of its high density, porcelain tile is much heavier and usually comes at a higher price than ceramic, but you are also getting a tougher product. Porcelain tile is unsurpassed for withstanding water, and its durability is comparable to natural stone. These reasons alone make it versatile enough for any area of your home. The experts at Corlew and Perry look forward to helping you find the porcelain tile that is right for your design.
Does porcelain tile have the variety available with ceramic tile?
The news gets even better! Yes, it does. Porcelain tile is available in an array of colors, styles, shapes, and sizes. Keep in mind that tile boxes are labeled according to color variance within the tiles and texture variance. For example, if you want your floor to have more of a solid color, make sure your tiles are marked with low color variance. If you choose a higher variance, then you may need to pull tiles from several boxes and carefully select their layout to avoid undesired shading or patterns on the floor. When selecting your tiles, remember that your grout choice can be just as important. Grout colors and the thickness of the grout lines can enhance the overall appearance of the porcelain tile you choose. Grout is most commonly bought premixed by color. You will need to think about whether you want the color to be a close blend, or a contrasting color. This decision depends on your preference and style, as well as how thick you want the grout lines to be. Spacers will keep your grout lines uniform during installation, and they come in varying sizes.
Porcelain tile is an excellent choice for bathroom, mudrooms, kitchens, laundry, or any high traffic areas. Consider Corlew and Perry, a trusted name in the flooring industry, for all your flooring selections.