Bottom Line: when it comes to selecting tiles think budget and location.
While there is a lot of information out the differences between porcelain and ceramic tiles, there is nothing more important than the budget you have to spend and where your tiles are going to be placed. Porcelain is still the most popular tile material and is more durable than ceramic, but it’s more expensive as well. Ceramic tiles are durable, beautiful and affordable, and may be perfect for your project. Ceramic tiles can be used on interior walls, rooms that won’t be exposed to the elements, and low-traffic areas of the home. Porcelain, more dense and less porous, can be used outside, as bathroom floors and shower walls, and interior floors. Out of habit, many of us refer to any white tile as porcelain; but that simply isn’t the case. What may appear to be white porcelain tiles can easily be made of ceramic.
What’s the real difference?
The difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles is all in density and absorption. In the U.S., porcelain is considered to be any tile that meets the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) water absorption rate of .05% or less. It’s important to note that some manufacturers will label a box of tiles as “porcelain” even if they don’t meet ANSI standards. To comply with regulations, they simply cannot claim to meet “ANSI Standards.” Pacific Floor Co. is a trusted distributor of porcelain and ceramic tiles and you can trust that you’re getting what you want and what you pay for.