Ceramic or Porcelain Tile? How to Determine Which to Use

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There are many great reasons to choose tile floors, from beauty to durability and more. However, you’ll have to make another decision before your floors can be installed: ceramic or porcelain tile? To help you make the right call for your Tri-State Area home or next big project, Aroma’z Home & Flooring Design breaks down the advantages and disadvantages of ceramic and porcelain tile.

Benefits of Ceramic and Porcelain Tile

As you learn more about tile floors, you’ll soon realize that ceramic and porcelain tile share many of the same beneficial attributes. Just a few of these include:

  • Diverse: You’ll find tiles in both materials with a variety of colors, patterns, and textures, including options that recreate the look of hardwood, cork, stone, and more.
  • Affordable: Porcelain and ceramic tile offer an excellent alternative to more costly stone.
  • Durable: Both porcelain and ceramic tile provide a rugged design that stands up to moisture and high levels of foot traffic and retains its shape in extreme temperatures.
  • Great for allergies: An impenetrable design keeps out pet dander, dust, and other irritants.
  • Low maintenance: Tile floors are easy to keep clean with a soft broom and damp mop.

No matter which type of tile you choose, you can rest assured your floors will remain attractive and strong for years to come.

The Pros and Cons of Ceramic Tile

If you’re looking for the same flooring in every room of your house, ceramic tile is a wise choice. It’s versatile and holds up well in the kitchen, bathroom, and other high-use areas.

Ceramic Tile Benefits

  • Less expensive than porcelain tile
  • Easier to cut, making it ideal for rooms and areas with unusual shapes
  • Water- and stain-resistant when glazed

Ceramic Tile Disadvantages

  • Can chip after drops and other impacts
  • A higher moisture content prevents outdoor use
  • May be too heavy for second-story applications
  • Not appropriate for commercial use

The Pros and Cons of Porcelain Tile

A type of ceramic, porcelain is made from finer, yet denser, clay for an extremely hard surface. It’s suitable for the entire home but is especially appropriate for bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, and other high-moisture areas.

Porcelain Tile Benefits

  • Lasts even longer than ceramic tile
  • Less porous for greater stain and water resistance
  • Supports indoor/outdoor and light commercial use

Porcelain Tile Disadvantages

  • Harder to cut than ceramic tile
  • Slipperiness is difficult to handle and may be challenging for those with young children, seniors, and anyone with mobility issues
  • More expensive than ceramic tile

A Word about Installation

You may have heard that both ceramic and porcelain tile are difficult to install. This is due to their heaviness and the level of skill needed to properly cut and place tiles. For this reason, only licensed, insured flooring professionals should install ceramic and porcelain tile floors.

Working with a trusted team offers added peace of mind thanks to their extensive knowledge and lengthy experience. This allows you to feel more confident that your floors will look good and resist damage for a home you feel proud of.  

Learn More about Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Floors

In the end, both ceramic and porcelain tile floors offer a great option for most homes. If you have more questions about flooring for your New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or New York home, contact Aroma’z Flooring today. We’ll provide all the details you need and a free quote. For more information, call our Mercerville location at 609-587-2656 or reach us in Cinnaminson by calling 856-314-8397.