Porcelain vs. Ceramic Tile: How to Choose
Porcelain and ceramic tile are two of the most popular choices for homeowners. Not only do they make great flooring choices, but they can be used for countertops, bathroom shower stalls and more. Choosing the right material for your home has a lot to do with your needs and maintenance requirements, so if you’re deciding between porcelain and ceramic tile, here are some helpful tips to help you choose.
Porcelain Tile: Pros
Porcelain tile is made of clay and other natural materials, and it’s kiln-fired to give it its hardness. Porcelain tiles can be made to look like almost any other kind of flooring material: stone, wood, concrete and more. While porcelain and ceramic tiles are similar in their makeup, porcelain is more durable. In fact, it’s the most durable kind of tile on the market. It stands up well to water damage, so it’s the perfect choice for those high-moisture areas.
Porcelain Tile: Cons
Porcelain tile can be a little bit pricier than other flooring and countertop materials, even though the price tag may be worth it for its durability. It’s also harder to cut, making it essential that you hire a flooring professional to install it – this is not a DIY option. When purchasing porcelain tiles, always avoid the cheapest option and spend a bit more money to get longer-term satisfaction.
Porcelain Tile Maintenance
As we mentioned above, porcelain tile is highly durable, and on top of its ability to stand up to water, it’s also hard to damage with spills and scratches. Regular maintenance is fairly simple, and a schedule of vacuuming or sweeping once a week in addition to a pH neutral cleaner every month is about as much as you need to do to keep this material looking great.
Ceramic Tile: Pros
Above all, ceramic tile is an affordable option for homeowners, especially if you’re tiling a large area. It’s easier to cut than porcelain tile, making it easier to install. Ceramic tile also comes in a wide range of colours and finishes and has a durable glaze on top. In the summer, ceramic tile feels cool to the touch, so it’s a great option if you prefer a cooler tile during the warm months.
Ceramic Tile: Cons
Ceramic tile is durable, but it’s not quite as durable as porcelain. Ceramic tiles are more porous and are more susceptible to stains from spills. Because ceramic tiles have a layer of glaze on the top, it can sometimes chip and expose the tile underneath to more damage. As with porcelain and any other kind of tile, you should avoid the cheapest option. Cheap ceramic tiles can chip easily and result in you spending more money to fix it.
Ceramic Tile: Maintenance
Ceramic tile requires a bit more maintenance than porcelain tile, but still less than some other flooring materials. You should sweep or vacuum ceramic tiles once a week, and follow up with a mop and dish detergent. It may require further deep cleaning once every couple of months.
No matter what type of tile you have in your home, Strassburger Tile Perfection in Ontario has the ability to repair and replace damaged, cracked or stained tiles. Contact us today!