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Ceramic Versus Porcelain Floor Tiles: Which is better?

Factors to consider When trying to decide if ceramic will be a better choice than porcelain, there are a lot of factors to consider, such as:

• Your budget • The kind of room the floor is going into • The amount of humidity/moisture the floor will be exposed to • The variety of styles that are available • The amount of traffic the flooring will get

Advantages and disadvantages of ceramic Both ceramic and porcelain tiles are made from a mix of natural ingredients, such as refined clay and water. Then, the tiles are fired in a kiln to make them strong and durable. The process for each is slightly different, which is why ceramic and porcelain have different characteristics, as you’ll see below.

Ceramic Pros: • Easier to cut than porcelain • Affordable • Easy to install • Easy to customize

Cons: • Suitable for indoor use only • Chips and cracks are highly visible because of interior colour differences • More porous than porcelain • Less durable than porcelain

Ceramic floor tiles are best suited to rooms with low traffic and minimal moisture, such as a spare bathroom or a storage room. We recommend hiring flooring installation experts from a trusted Calgary company to ensure the ceramic tiles are perfectly placed and properly sealed to prevent moisture from seeping between them.

Advantages and disadvantages of porcelain Porcelain tiles are technically a sub-type of ceramic tiles. That being said, there are a few things that make porcelain unique:

Pros: • Translucent, easy to customize • Density makes it highly durable • Highly water and moisture resistant • Well suited for high traffic areas

Cons: • More expensive than ceramic • Indoor use only • Requires professional equipment/expertise to cut

Porcelain absorbs less than 0.5 percent of the moisture it is exposed to, making it a great choice for bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. It’s also well suited for use as a countertop because it’s resistant to both water and chipping.

-Nu-Way Floor Fashions SPECIAL OFFER: 15% discount on all retail priced product on an order. Customer must advise us at the beginning of their meeting with a salesperson that they have been referred via the CIR Best My Nest Program.


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