Tile & Stone FAQ

Tile & Stone

Q) What is the difference between porcelain and ceramic tile?

  1. Ceramic is usually made from white or red clay and fired in a kiln.  They are also, usually finished with a glaze.  This is the durable finish that carries the color and style of the tile.  Ceramic is an easier tile to cut than porcelain because of its lower PEI rating.  Porcelain is made from porcelain clays using the dust pressed method, making it a more dense and durable tile.  Porcelain also has a lower water absorption rate, making it ideal for exterior applications. Another thing to know about porcelain, is that the color is all the way through the tile, unlike ceramic which typically is glazed.  Therefore, when chipped, porcelain is the same color underneath, while ceramic is the color of the clay, in most cases red.

Q) Can floor tile be used on the walls? And vice versa?

  1. Yes, floor tile can be used on the floor.  But wall tile cannot be used on the floor.  Wall tile usually has a lower hardness rating that floor tile, so it cannot withstand the traffic.

 

Q) Can tile be used outdoors?

  1. Yes, but the tile should be frost proof and unglazed with an absorption rate of 0.5% or less.