The terms “ceramic” and “porcelain” often get thrown around interchangeably, but they’re not one and the same. Here are three important differences to keep in mind as you consider your options:

1. Porcelain is more water resistant
Porcelain tile is a much better choice for areas where moisture or freezing might be an issue, which is why it’s often referred to as being impervious. What this really means is that it has a low water absorption rate. Ceramic, on the other hand, absorbs much more water.

2. Porcelain is a lot more durable
Porcelain is much denser than ceramic, which is why it is considered more durable and better suited for heavy usage areas than ceramic tile. If you were to chip a ceramic tile you would find a different color underneath the top glaze. Chip a porcelain tile, and more often than not, the color keeps on going—making the chip nearly invisible! In the rarer cases when the porcelain top glaze doesn’t match the body color, porcelain remains the better choice since it denser and is therefore less likely to chip in the first place.

3. Porcelain is often more expensive
It’s true! Due to its superior durability and water resistance, porcelain tile is often the more expensive option. Ceramic prices tend to be about a third less than the cost of porcelain.

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