Traditionally, Porcelain tile is made by blending clay with other natural materials and then firing it in a furnace. Due to its highly uniform construction and nonporous properties, it is popular for large spaces, or designs, where you want a more sleek, polished, or consistent look.
Ceramic tile is generally the same thickness as Porcelain tile, however, Porcelain tile is typically heavier. Porcelain tiles also have a more extensive selection of shapes and styles than Ceramic, which is another reason why more and more people opt for them over ceramic tiles.
The Advantage of Porcelain Floor Tile
Extremely Durable and Long-Lasting
Porcelain tiles are more durable than ceramic tiles but not as durable as stone tiles. It is this happy medium that provides a bit of longevity to people who want ceramic tiles. Depending on the rating, you can get a good 15 to 20 years out of your porcelain tile. If it has a high rating, it can last up to 50 years. This is not as good as stone, which can last a lifetime and more, but is far better than other types of ceramic tile. This gray stone tile is typical of some of the color choices you get in porcelain, but this one lasts far longer because it is throughout the stone.
Easy to Maintain
Porcelain tiles are stain resistant, unlike stone floors that need to be sealed to get the same benefit. Both, however, only need a light sweeping or mopping to look as good as new. It is this benefit that often drives people to pick porcelain or stone tiles for flooring instead of carpeting. Who wouldn't love a kitchen with this stone plank flooring in porcelain? It would be super easy to sweep clean!
Carpeting and laminates are popular flooring materials, but they are perceived as being less hygienic than porcelain or stone tiles. It is not just because tiles are easier to clean, but because they don't grab dirt in, like carpeting, or soak in moisture, like laminates. Porcelain tiles are also resistant to household chemicals, unlike laminates, and can be scrubbed clean with even harsh cleaners. This green and beige porcelain tile is perfect for a contemporary bathroom and looks super-hygienic.