TILES ARE US!

Home Options, Inc.’s very first items that were introduced to the general public were TILES. Porcelain and Ceramic, to be exact.

These two terms (Ceramic and Porcelain) are often used interchangeably causing much confusion among buyers who are not very well acquainted with the unique characteristics of the two.

So, before you make that huge investment on your floorings, let’s dig a little deeper on the notable differences between these two tiles. To avoid the hassle of having to remove already installed tiles, you need to have a clear idea on what you are adorning your floors (or walls) with.

The term Ceramic is a very broad term that includes potteries, earthenwares, bone wares and porcelain. Yes, PORCELAIN. Ceramic per se means ‘pottery’ which involves any by-product that is made from a mixture of clays and hardened by heat. Since Porcelain is made from clay and heat, then it automatically qualifies as ‘Ceramic’. While all Porcelain tiles can be considered as Ceramic, not all Ceramic tiles can be considered as Porcelain. Well it does get more confusing, doesn’t it ?

Okay, let’s scratch the surface a little bit more.

PORCELAIN TILE

  • Since it is made from a clay that has a paste-like quality, it is thinner with a more delicate appearance. The pasty clay also allows for intricate fine details to be visibly seen in the tile.
  • It may appear delicate, but porcelain is actually more durable and denser than ceramic tile. Porcelain tiles are impervious to wear and are suitable for any flooring or walling needs.
  • It is generally gray, white or cream colored.
  • The surface is generally smooth and it is watertight even without glaze.

CERAMIC TILE

  • Is often thicker with a tougher appearance if you are to compare it with porcelain.
  • Looks can actually be very deceiving. A ceramic tile may appear sturdy, but it is actually more prone to wear and chipping than a porcelain tile.
  • The color is usually greatly dependent on the type of clay used.
  • The surface often has a grainy or chalky texture especially when unglazed.
  • It is too porous to be watertight.
  • Usually cheaper than a porcelain tile.

Now whatever your preference may be, always bear in mind that adorning your floors and walls with the RIGHT kind of tile should be given utmost importance. As they say, you only get to do things once (well ideally, that is) so, you might as well do it right.

Come and Shop at Savers Depot! We have a wide variety of both Ceramic and Porcelain tiles for you to choose from.