Porcelain tile vs. Ceramic Tile

When designing a dream home, homeowners are often stuck at a crossroad in deciding which flooring material to use of their bathroom, sitting room, kitchen, and other parts of the house. The final choice usually comes down to porcelain tiles, and ceramic tiles as they are the two common types of tiles in the market.

Both sets of tiles come with their own unique characteristics most especially in terms of durability, and practicality. These articles look at each trait of both tiles and makes it easy for you to make a decision when purchasing a tile.

Differences between Porcelain tile and ceramic tile

Though both porcelain tile and ceramic tile have certain similarities in regards to appearance, they both have lots of distinct features. Porcelain tiles are durable and denser than ceramic tiles. Also, porcelain tiles are less porous than ceramic tiles. Porcelain tiles are ideal for indoor and outdoor functions, and they are also perfect for places that face heavy foot traffic like the kitchen, hallways, and bathrooms.

Advantages of porcelain floor tile

There are lots of advantages that porcelain tiles provide for homeowners. They include;

  • Porcelain tile is stain resistant which means it can repel staining agents like liquid from resting on the surface of the tile.
  • The density of porcelain allows it to be resistant to moisture of any kind.
  • Porcelain tiles have a high absorption rate which makes it ideal for interior and exterior use.
  • It is durable and can withstand heavy traffic. This gives it longevity with respect to other types of tiles.
  • The materials used in manufacturing porcelain tiles don't burn with ease under normal conditions.
  • It requires little repairs and maintenance.

Disadvantages of porcelain tiles

  • Even though porcelain has a number of impressive advantages, it still comes with its own disadvantages, such as;
  • Porcelain tiles are expensive to purchase, and also to install. Unlike other tiles that can be installed using DIY methods, Porcelain requires expert installation from professionals.
  • The installation takes too much time, and it can be a bit tasking.
  • The lines between Porcelain tiles are susceptible to grout.

Advantages of ceramic tiles

  • Ceramic tiles give you lots of options in regards to color and patterns
  • it is less expensive to buy and install when compared to porcelain tiles
  • Ceramic tiles are water and stain resistant due to the protective layer on it.
  • Ceramic tiles are easy to maintain, and repair. 

Disadvantages of ceramic tiles

  • Ceramic tiles can be a bit heavy, hence why they are not recommended for upper-level installations
  • It can be a bit difficult to clean
  • Ceramic tiles are less durable than porcelain tiles.


The key parameters to look out for when picking a tile for your home or office are quality, and fit. You want to ensure it looks good and fits your taste. Porcelain tiles are better for spaces that encounter heavy traffic, as it is more durable. However, for places without much traffic ceramic tiles would fit in perfectly.

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