Porcelain tiles and ceramic tiles are very similar in makeup so it can be difficult to differentiate between the two. As finished products, they are very different. However, porcelain is, in fact, a ceramic product, the main difference being the firing – porcelain is fired at much higher temperatures creating a very durable tile.
If you require a tile that is very hard, is scratch resistant, whilst being impervious to moisture and stains, then porcelain tiles are one of the best options. Porcelain tiles are better able to handle heat extremes making them very suitable for areas that require steam cleaning. Their moisture resistant properties make these tiles easier to clean using regular cleaning products.
One of the big advantages to using porcelain tiles is the range of finishes available. There is an incredible range that even includes imitation stone tiles, so if you want a natural stone look, but require the strength and durability of porcelain, then you can have both.
Where porcelain really shines is in areas where there is frequent traffic and/or furniture movement. Dining areas are a good example, both in the home and in commercial areas such as coffee shops and restaurants. Porcelain tiles are fairly scratch resistant – the frequent movement of chairs will cause little damage making for a long wearing flooring option.
If you think you need strong and durable floor tiles, then talk to one of the tile experts at Éco Dépôt. We pride ourselves on helping customers find the right tiles for their projects. We have a wide range of tiles including porcelain tiles, ceramic, glass mosaic and natural stone such as granite, marble, slate and travertine.