What is the difference between porcelain and ceramic tile flooring?

What is the difference between porcelain and ceramic tile flooring?

We get that question a lot here at Esquire Interiors. Unfortunately, it is not an uncommon question. Know that floor tile can give you a lot of options when it comes to kitchens or bathrooms. You can find your preferences at our showroom and tile store in Ann Arbor, MI.


Ceramic tile is composed of coarse clay that goes through a very hot kiln to harden it and make it dense. Ceramic tiles are of standard size and color neutral. However, there are thousands of designs that are available for ceramic. To add to the visuals, you can have colored grout added to your tile. The tile isn?t waterproofed until it is glazed. As a result, ceramic is not as hard or dense as porcelain, making it easier to cut and affecting how long it takes to be installed, shortening the time.


Porcelain comes from Kaolin clay, a high-quality material. However, it is still considered a ceramic. Compared to ceramic, porcelain is fired at hotter temperatures in the kiln. This makes it extremely dense and hard. On the other hand, porcelain can stand up to heavy foot traffic. It can also resist stains and scratches. There are a plethora of options for porcelain's colorful designs. It is a more costly material than ceramic. You can find it to look like wood or even stone in some d?cor options.

At Esquire Interiors, we have your floor in mind. We want you to have the best floor possible for your home. That?s why we think you?ll find it in our tile shop. Our showroom has a great range of possibilities for you to look at. We serve Plymouth, Barton Hills, Wayne, Saline, Livonia, Whitmore Lake, Westland, Ypsilanti, and Northville. Visit our showroom and speak to one of our friendly and qualified staff about what your needs are. They will work hard to suit your needs and then some. Call us today!
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