Like any renovating choice, when you start to get down to the details everything can start to get a bit confronting – Timber or Laminate floorboards, Wool or Nylon carpets, Ceramic or Porcelain tiles. I think we generally all know at the beginning whether we want tiles, floorboards or carpet, but once that choice is made things can get very confusing . Today I’m tackling the minefield of tiles – porcelain and ceramic to be exact. Aside from natural stones, these are the two major contenders for flooring where tiling is concerned. Not only that but it also often very difficult to tell the difference between the two or why you should choose one over the other.
Porcelain: While still a type of ceramic, porcelain varies greatly from typical ceramic tiles due to it’s construction. Made by a “dust pressed” method from porcelain clays, the result is a tile that is dense, impervious, fine grained and smooth, with a sharply formed face. Full body porcelain tiles carry the colour and pattern through the entire thickness of the tile making them appear to be much more durable as chips are hardly noticeable. Porcelain tiles are available in matt, unglazed or a high polished finish. Glazed porcelain tiles are much harder and more damage resistant than standard ceramic tiles, making them extremely suitable for flooring and high traffic areas such as Kitchens.
Ceramic Tiles: Generally made from red or white clay and fired in a kiln, ceramic tiles are always finished with a durable glaze from which the tile gets it’s colour, pattern and texture. You can always pick a ceramic tile, as when you look at it side-on you will see the colour does not go the whole way through the tile. The benefit of these tiles is that they are softer and easier to cut down to shape or size – so are a great option for do-it-yourself enthusiasts. Ceramic tiles are suitable for both floor and wall application, however as they are softer than porcelain they are best suited to low traffic areas as they are not as chip resistant and chips will be more visible.