Porcelain Versus Ceramic Tile

Sep 28th, 2018

by Tile Wholesalers of Rochester

Marquis by Florida Tile is a popular and affordable ceramic collection.

Customers often ask about the differences between porcelain and ceramic tile. We are here to lay it all out for you (literally)!

According to the Tile Council of North America, porcelain tiles absorb less than 0.5 percent of water, while ceramic and other non-porcelain tile absorb more than 0.5 percent of water.

Due to this key difference, there are certain use cases where porcelain is more appropriate.

  1. High moisture areas: Porcelain tile is harder to penetrate, and essentially waterproof. Ceramic tile can still be used in moisture rich areas, but porcelain's impermeability will ensure you have the best protection against wetness. Many opt for porcelain in areas such as showers, kitchens, and mudrooms.
  2. Spaces with high foot traffic: Both ceramic and porcelain tile excel in high traffic areas, but porcelain tile is naturally more dense than ceramic tile. This makes it extremely resistant to scratches and scuffs that may occur in high foot traffic areas including living rooms and hallways.
  3. Outdoor spaces: Porcelain tile is more equipped for outdoor spaces like patio flooring. It is possible that ceramic tile could freeze, absorb water, expand and then break. Living in Rochester, NY, ceramic tile is out of the question for an outdoor space.

On the other hand, there are many scenarios where ceramic tile is the better choice.

  1. DIY projects: Due to the higher density of porcelain tile, ceramic tile is easier to cut and install. If you plan to install the tile yourself, non-porcelain tiles may be a bit easier for you to work with.
  2. Projects on a budget: We have affordable options for both ceramic and porcelain tile. However, generally ceramic tile is slightly less expensive. So, if you are on a tight budget, ceramic tile may make more sense - and it is still highly durable, trendy, and easy to maintain.