It’s well documented that porcelain tiles are heavier and harder wearing than ceramic tiles. This is, of course, advantageous in many commercial settings where a tougher, harder wearing tile is required, such as in heavy foot traffic areas. However, there are many situations and projects where specifying a ceramic tile can be beneficial.
Here are 3 of the top reasons it’s worth considering ceramic tiles:
#1 – Design & Choice
Ceramics hold the benefit of more intricate, clearer design options than porcelain. This is due mostly to the twice fired process that all of our ceramic tiles go through which rids the tile base of any volatiles before the glaze is added. This added flexibility in design means that there’s often more breadth of choice available when choosing ceramic tiles for a project.
Deen Flow Sand Field – Ceramic Wall Tile – Matt
#2 – Value
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach here, but as a general rule of thumb ceramic works out as a less expensive option. Using ceramic products where acceptable (mostly on walls and low traffic floor areas) can help to bring down the overall cost of a project. This isn’t a case of sacrificing quality for price, in many situations a ceramic tile is actually better suited for the intended use, so it’s a win-win situation.
Novel Mid Grey Field – Ceramic Wall Tile – Matt
#3 – Weight
As previously mentioned, the added weight of a porcelain tile can be an advantage in a commercial environment. However, it can also be a disadvantage. The lighter nature of a ceramic tile means that they’re easier to cut and shape and also put less unnecessary strain onto walls.
Note – Light Grey – Ceramic Wall Tile – Matt
Where would we not consider using ceramic tiles?
There are only two places that we would not recommend the use of ceramic tiles:
- As a flooring option in heavy foot traffic areas of commercial properties, such as hotel lobbies, airport waiting rooms or stores.
- For any outdoor use, the less porous nature of porcelain makes it the ideal option for any outdoor project.