Porcelain Tile vs Ceramic Tile:
Porcelain tile is a type of ceramic tile that has many uses: It can be used on floors or walls. It’s even durable enough to use outdoors for hardscaping. It comes in just about any color or pattern. Porcelain tile is mostly used in commercial use and tends to be a bit expensive and unnecessary to residential use. However, it you don’t mind the extra expense, it won’t be a disappointment.
Porcelain tile doesn’t scratch as easy as ceramic, is tougher than ceramic and more stain resistant, however, the average homeowner does not usually put their tile through the rigors that commercial uses do, so you have to weight whether porcelain is really a smart choice for your budget when you can get the same thing with ceramic tile for residential use and it will be fine.
Wood-look porcelain tiles are becoming very popular for obvious reasons. The look beautiful but never need to be re-sanded or refinished. Tile also won’t warp or get water damage like hardwood flooring will if exposed to water, such as in a kitchen when an ice-maker or dishwasher leaks, or in a bathroom around a tub or shower.
Cleaning Porcelain Tile:
There is very little work involved in cleaning porcelain tile; it can usually just be damp-mopped with a mild detergent. Make sure to not leave too much soap residue however, or it may make the tile slippery. Since the surface of porcelain is not as absorbent as other tile materials, it is very stain resistant making it easy to clean up spills with just a damp cloth.
Since the clay porcelain is made from is so dense and the firing process so hot, porcelain tile ends up being harder than even granite. Another pro to porcelain is the color of porcelain tile is not just on the surface but runs down through the tile. This means that the color will stay the same as it wears down – which will take a very long time anyway.
Porcelain tile is considered a quality building material and is, therefore, a selling point that will increase the value of the your home as well.
Make sure whoever installs your porcelain tile knows what they are doing. It cannot be installed the same as ceramic tile – and this is where many do-it-yourselfers make a mistake.