What is the difference between ceramic and porcelain tile flooring?
Ceramic tile and porcelain tile have always been top flooring choices for kitchens and bathrooms. Today, more homeowners than ever are choosing tile for other rooms as well. You can pair a neutral color tile with a colorful area rug in a family room to create a functional space with an upscale look. Or choose tile for a patio, sunroom, dining room, or even a bedroom. With so many styles available, design possibilities are endless. About Floors n' More is a tile store in Jacksonville, Florida, that offers a wide variety of the latest floor tile styles.
Type of clay
Ceramic and porcelain are made of different types of clay; ceramic is composed of coarse clay, while porcelain is composed of fine kaolin clay. The clay is hardened in a kiln. Porcelain is hardened at a higher temperature than ceramic. Because of the difference in material and kiln temperature, porcelain is harder and denser. Therefore, it is more durable and less subject to daily wear and tear. Porcelain is the most durable type of tile on the market.
In addition to durability, density determines porousness. Since ceramic is porous, only glazed ceramic is waterproof. On the other hand, porcelain has a low water absorption rate, making it almost impervious to moisture. Unglazed porcelain has a through-body composition, which means the surface color continues through the tile. In contrast, color body porcelain features a design on the surface while the body is a solid color.
About Floors n' More is more than a tile retailer; we provide services like residential and commercial installation, backsplash and fireplace hearth installation, and rug binding. Our customer-friendly tile shop provides free flooring estimates and handy online tools like a chat service and product catalog. Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, and Neptune Beach are located in our service area. We invite you to stop by our showroom in Jacksonville, Florida.