A Fool’s Guide To The Difference Between Porcelain and Ceramic

We always hear Porcelain and Ceramic being used interchangeably; but are they really the same thing? For starters, these high quality yet affordable materials come from the same family of baking clay. However, they are more like cousins than twins. Here are some key differences between these two materials that could affect which material is best suited to meet your needs.

1. The rate of water they absorb

The main difference between porcelain and ceramic is the rate of water they absorb. Porcelain absorbs less than 0.5% of water whilst ceramic and other non-porcelain materials will absorb more. In essence, Porcelain is more water-resistant than ceramic.

This is down to the stuff used to make porcelain. The clay is denser and so less porous. It affects how the material behaves, and what they’re best used for.

2. Appearance

Another factor that sets these two materials apart are their appearances. With today’s technology and ever-changing trends, both materials can be any colour or pattern imaginable.

Porcelain’s colour or design is carried through its entire body. So if they happen to get chipped, it’s not as obvious. Ceramic, on the other hand, has designs and colours printed on the surface and protected with a type of glaze. So if these get chipped, it’ll be more noticeable since the body of the tile is a different colour than the surface.

3. Durability

Porcelain is known to be more durable and has a high-scratch resistance than ceramic. The clay used to make porcelain is refined and is hardened at higher temperatures, allowing it to be more durable than ceramic.

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