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Choosing Ceramic or Porcelain Tile?

You may have heard that ceramic and porcelain tile can be used interchangeably, but there are actually some differences between the two. While they are not drastic differences, they might be enough to make you prefer one over the other.

At Bennett's Carpets, Inc., we want to make sure that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision about your flooring. So, we are going to disclose the most important details about each.
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Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is manufactured using either red or white clay. After being formed and glazed, if a glaze is used, it is then fired in a kiln to finish it off. With ceramic tile, you have lots more options as far as color and design are concerned. The glaze used to finish the tile is a glass than can be designed with any color or design scheme, so that your options are nearly endless.

Some of the drawbacks to ceramic tile include the fact that chips and cracks will show easily. Since the glaze is usually a different color from the interior clay, it’s easy to notice. It’s also not as dense and porcelain tile, and therefore not as resistant to water. This makes it a less than perfect choice for rooms where moisture and humidity are common.
 
 
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Porcelain Tile

Porcelain tiles are made in much the same way as ceramic tiles are. However, a higher grade of clay is often used, and they are fired at much higher temperatures. Those higher temperatures give the porcelain a much more dense composition, making it better able to resist water and moisture. It’s also much harder, and can withstand a much higher level of traffic.

Porcelain comes in both glazed and unglazed tiles, with the glazed tiles being as colorful and decorative as ceramic tiles can be. Full-body color tiles are often sought out over others, because chips and cracks are almost unnoticeable because the color is the same all the way through.

One of the biggest drawbacks to porcelain tile is that it can break very easily during installation. For this reason, we have to suggest using a professional installer to have these tiles put in place.
 

Let us help you choose between ceramic and porcelain

If you happen to be in the areas of Russell Springs, Somerset or Glasgow, KY, be sure to stop by our showrooms there. We’ll be happy to show you our latest lines of ceramic and porcelain tile and help you pick the perfect ones for your home.
 

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