Porcelain Tile vs. Ceramic Tile: What’s the Difference?

Porcelain Tile vs Ceramic Tile: Whats The Difference?

If you are in the market for tile for your remodeling or new construction project, you have most likely encountered both ceramic and porcelain tile. You may have heard the two terms use interchangeably, but the fact of the matter is there is a difference between porcelain tile and ceramic tile. The thought may or may not have occurred to you that there is a difference between the two, but what is that difference, really? The sales and service team here at Tile Factory Outlet has provided for you the following guide to help you decide which is better for your needs: porcelain or ceramic tile.

Porcelain vs Ceramic

The Similarities

Porcelain and ceramic tile are elegant surfaces commonly found in bathrooms, kitchens, backsplashes, and walls requiring a durable surface. Each comes in endless varieties and textures and can be used as mosaics. Consequently, both ceramic and porcelain tiles are also installed the same way. Thus, the real differences between the two have to do with the materials used to make them.

The Differences – Process

Both ceramic and porcelain tile are clay-based products. Each is created undergoing a process where the raw materials are heated in a kiln. Porcelain, however, is a type of ceramic. The clay that is used in porcelain is more dense and it undergoes the firing process in kiln for a much longer
period of time. As a result, the porcelain is more durable. However, the interesting thing is that the two can be virtually indistinguishable in appearance. It does take a trained eye to discern between the two. So if they look the same, which one is better? Which one should you choose?

The most important difference to note between porcelain and ceramic is that porcelain is frost-proof. Let me explain. As previously noted, porcelain tile is more dense. This increased density lowers the water absorption rate, hence preventing the porcelain tile from absorbing water. So, if you are looking for tile that can be installed outdoors then porcelain tile is the best choice. Preventing water from absorbing also prevents the tile from cracking in freezing cold weather. Because of the density, porcelain is extremely durable, making it a brilliant choice for outdoor use.

“As a result, the porcelain is more durable”

Cost and Installation

Although porcelain tile and ceramic tile are very similar in appearance, there is a major difference in the cost. Thus, porcelain costs more than ceramic tile. Ceramic tile costs approximately $.50 per square foot to $40 per square foot, while you can get into porcelain tile for around $1 per square foot to over $40 per square foot. It is noteworthy the higher end ceramics and porcelain tiles both cost about the same. This is because they are generally categorized as designer tile. Though porcelain tile is more dense than ceramic, general installation costs are equal.

Both ceramic and porcelain tile are installed using a mortar-based adhesive. Once the mortar is set, grout is then applied between the joints. The tile must be measured and cut before the installation process begins. This can be difficult for a beginner so it’s always recommended to have installation performed by a professional. Don’t know anyone? Give us a
call and we can refer you to a professional.

Durable

Lifespan

Both ceramic tile and porcelain tile can last for 50 years or more. You can expect your tile to last as long as its cared for. This being said, it is the grout that you have to worry about. As a result, the sales and service team at Tile Factory Outlet recommends that you have ceramic and porcelain tile installed by a professional. Proper installation means properly sealed grout. In order to maintain your porcelain or ceramic tile, you will have to reseal the grouts from time to time, so keep that in mind.

Intarsi Glam Pattern Wall Tile
Intarsi Glam Pattern Tile

Intarsi Glam is one of many pattern tiles that we stock at our adairsville location. Intarsi Glam is an 8″ x 8″ porcelain tile that beautifully blends with white marble and all different types of wood tones. Come visit our full selection showroom in Adirsville, GA.

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New Unique Tile Just In

New Unique Tile Just In!      

We have five new 8×8 porcelain design pattern tiles just in from Italy. They are definitely unique and would be great in so many projects. You could use it as a back- splash, a laundry room remodel, a feature wall, a kitchen floor. The possibilities are in endless!  
Make sure to come out and see our showroom/warehouse in Suwanee or Adairsville and mention our website, Tile Factory Outlet to receive 5% off of your next purchased order. 

8x8 Elite #5
New Unique Porcelain Tile Just In!

We have five new 8×8 porcelain design pattern tiles just in from Italy called. They are definitely unique and would be great in so many projects. You could use it as a back- splash, a laundry room remodel, a feature wall, a kitchen floor. The possibilities are in endless!  
Make sure to come out and see our showroom/warehouse in Suwanee or Adairsville and mention our website, Tile Factory Outlet to receive 5% off of your next purchased order. 

Blendart Collection

Blendart Collection 6″ x 48″

Wood Plank Tile Look

The Blendart Collection by Sant’Agostino takes us back to the old world, a time when hardwood flooring was crafted by hand, then stained using techniques that have long since passed. This old world collection is a porcelain tile that creates visuals of handcrafted, time-worn hardwood, shaped by a 2-tone staining process nothing short of genius. This relic finishing process gives the white-washed European appeal, coupled with paint layering taken away by aggressive living. Its brand new, yet looks 100 years old. With 5 delicious colors to pick from, its a credible replacement to hardwood or LVT. The Blendart Collection is waterproof to the max, and dent and scratch resistant. Our warehouse is stocked full of wood plank tile. Go beyond the traditional flooring store, to a tile specialty outlet, Tile Factory Outlet.

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Wood Plank Tile

Wood Plank Tile

Test of Time

Wood plank tile is an obvious choice for flooring. Consumers who understand the challenges of everyday life. And who has time to care for flooring everyday.

Design-able

There are endless looks and designs that will mesh well with any interior. Various colors and patterns make it a suitable choice for redesign.

Water Proof

Made of porcelain tile, wood plank tile is virtually indestructible when it come to moisture, Use this in bathrooms, kitchens, and even outdoors, to modernize your look.

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Why wood tile is better than hardwood:

There are several reasons that you should consider when installing a new flooring system. What is my foot traffic like? Are there possible locations that are prone to moisture? What’s easy to clean? With a wood plank tile, these questions will lead you to a world of possibilities you thought weren’t possible before. Unlike hardwoods, wood plank tiles are resist to water, almost entirely. The only water damage you MAY incur, is under the tile in the sub-floor. Hardwoods are notorious for denting and severe scratch marks. Not with wood tile. With a ceramic and aluminum oxide finish, you can’t tear into the hard tile. Carpet is prone to stains, no matter what they say. Carpet is also known to house germs and tiny critters, so replacement is inevitable. Wood plank tile doesn’t provide a place for germs to hide, leaving your floor sturdy and clean. Which makes wood plank tile a better choice over Hardwoods and Carpet!

  • Hardwood floors tend to leave indentions on the face of the wood.  Making tile a scratch proof surface.
  • Wood look tiles are easier to maintain due to there durability. 
  • Hardwoods are three times more likely to get negative sun exposure after prolonged times.
  • Hardwoods do need to be refinished every few years with that being said: It is cheaper to reseal grout on tile every so often then to refinish hardwood floors.

Time needed: 3 days, 12 hours and 5 minutes.

How To Install Wood Plank Tiles

  1. Subfloor Prep

    Clean subfloor and make sure its clean and clear of debris.
    Install backer-board if installing over plywood. No backer board required if slab is level.

  2. Check Product

    Open a few boxes to check and see if color is correct, especially if ordering online. Make sure there are no cracks or defects that can jeopardize the integrity of the product.

  3. Mixing and Spreading Mortar

    Check the installation instructions on the back of the product cartons and use appropriate trowel size. The mortar should have a request type as well. Mix the mortar according to precise measurements on mortar bag. Use a power drill with mortar mix adaptor to speed up the process. Spread mortar using recommended trowel, scrapping bottom of trowel against the slab or backer-board, creating wavy ridges.

  4. Laying Floor

    Make sure mortar is consistently staying in the ridge position. If still ridged, lay the tile, end to end along your pre-marked chalk line, running parallel to the wall. Cut tile at the end of the run, and use cut-off piece to start next row. This will allow for staggering from row to row. Make sure not to line the ends (short side) up the ends on the previous row. Gap planks at least 4″ away previous rows butt-up. If no grout is used, you can continue to lay plank side by side.

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Adairsville, GA

We are a family owned business, started in 1998 in Adairsville, GA by Don Dewberry. Don opened for business with just himself, his father Joseph B. Dewberry, Sr., and one employee Anthony Gilreath. Don and his father had experience in the tile business going back to the early 1970’s. Don originally opened at the site of the old quarry tile manufacturing plant in Adairsville on Highway 140 West of I-75, selling only second quality and discontinued tile. The business grew and expanded to include first quality tile imported from all over the world and a wholesale division. Don’s son Alan came to work with the company in 2002 and in September 2003, we moved from the old manufacturing plant site to the present Adairsville location east of I-75 at Exit 306.

Phone – 770-773-7726