Choosing the right type of tile can be tricky business. When shopping for tiles, one of the most common questions we hear from customers at Wholesale Domestic Bathrooms is: do I need ceramic or porcelain tiles?
If you could use some help, you’re in luck; we’re here to explain it all!
Featured tile: Piatto Gris Porcelain Tile
How They’re Made
The main difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles is down to how they are made.
Ceramic tiles are made from natural red, brown or white clay, which is pressed and cut into the tile shape. The tile is heated to reduce the water content and then a patterned glaze is applied. Lastly, the tile is kiln-fired to harden the clay and seal in the glaze.
Porcelain tiles are made with white clay, sand and feldspar. This mixture is denser than the ceramic equivalent, and therefore less porous. The process of making the tile is fairly similar otherwise; the tile is heated, glazed and kiln-fired. However, porcelain is fired at a higher temperature for a longer period of time, which makes the tile extremely hard-wearing.
Ceramic tiles are an incredibly popular choice for bathrooms. Both accessible and affordable, ceramic tiles are a cost-effective option for covering large surface areas, like bathroom walls. Certain varieties can also be used on floors.
A key draw with ceramic tiles is the wide range of options there is to choose from. Available in an assortment of shapes, colours and designs, ceramic tiles offer greater choice and more flexibility, making it easier to design the perfect bathroom.
Porcelain tiles tend to be more expensive than ceramic tiles because they are more durable. Robust in composition, porcelain tiles are highly resistant to cracking or breaking, and will stand the test of time.
Highly versatile, porcelain tiles can be used on both walls and floors. Their strength and durability makes them an especially popular option for bathroom floors.
Featured tile: Metro Bevelled White Ceramic Tile
Which tile do I need?
Well, that can depend on where you want to use the tiles. Many choose to tile their home with a combination of ceramic and porcelain tiles in different areas. The decision is up to you.
Need some inspiration? Why not take a look at some of our best-sellers? Browse our range of ceramic and porcelain tiles today!