What is the difference between ceramic and porcelain tile?
We have been asked recently, "What is the difference between ceramic and porcelain tile? I've been told they're the same, but I can't buy that. How are they different, and is one better than the other?"
Our answer for this customer, "In general, porcelain tile is harder than ceramic and offers greater design flexibility. Although both are made from clay and other naturally occurring materials fired in a kiln, the clay used to make porcelain tile is more refined and purified. Porcelain tile is an ideal product for cold-weather climates where freeze/thaw conditions are concerned. Some tiles may have only a ceramic glaze fired over the body; if chipped, the white-tan, or red-clay base is exposed."