Porcelain is a type of ceramic that has been placed in a kiln at a much higher temperature than traditional ceramic tile . It is primarily made of materials that are more refined and purified. Porcelain is much denser than ceramic and is a great option if you are looking for the highest quality tile flooring material.
Ceramic and porcelain tile flooring share similar qualities but porcelain is harder and costs a bit more. Our Denver Carpet & Flooring specialists are trained to know the difference and can help you choose which tile will best suit your needs. If you are deciding between traditional ceramic and porcelain tile, our flooring specialist can help you narrow down your selection based on your goals and design preferences.
Denver homeowners like porcelain tile flooring for its durability during the winter months when ice and salt are regularly tracked onto the floors from the outdoors. Porcelain has a lower water absorption rate and is less porous making it a popular choice for bathrooms, kitchens, and mudrooms. Porcelain is easy to maintain and is scratch resistant.
Most people think tile flooring is too cold for winter seasons but tiles actually have great thermal conducting properties. Both ceramic and porcelain tile flooring can withstand, absorb, and transfer heat but porcelain tile flooring is even less likely to crack. Leveraging modern technology in tile flooring materials and subflooring can balance out extreme temperature shifts.
Porcelain Flooring Types
Since porcelain is denser than ceramic, it tends to give homeowners more flexibility on size, design, cut, and custom effects. There are essentially two types of porcelain tile:
This type of porcelain does not have any glaze that can wear off. Instead, the color and texture run all the way through this type of tile, disguising chips or scratches.
Porcelain that is glazed has a hard finish that is typically colored and offers Denver homeowners the widest range of colors and designs.
Porcelain tile flooring is a heavier and harder material that requires professional flooring installation. It can be a time-consuming DIY project and a huge disappointment if you do not prepare your subfloors and materials properly. Most people prefer to have porcelain tile flooring professionally installed.
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