When designing a home you have a ton of decisions that need to be made regarding finishes and materials that are to be used throughout your new home. One such important decision is in regard to the tile in your home, especially the tiling that is featured in your foyer, kitchen, and other areas.
The two most common tile types used in modern homes today are porcelain and ceramic. While these two materials are similar in that they are both manufactured from baked clay, there are a few key differences.
Durability – Especially in such a corrosive salt air environment as Florida.
When gauged by durability, ceramic tiles are best used in low traffic areas that don’t receive much wear and tear. They can become weaker over time. Ceramic tiles should never be used outside, as they are sensitive to temperature changes as well as natural elements, and are best used for walls, backsplashes, and countertops. Porcelain, on the other hand, is the more durable and stain resistant choice which can easily be used for flooring and in outdoor areas.
As far as appearance goes, ceramic tiles tend to be darker and more red-brown in color, while porcelain is much lighter. This is largely because porcelain is made almost exclusively from white clay that has been refined and purified. Due to the extra purification, porcelain tiles are much less susceptible to impurities than ceramic, which is produced from a much more porous type of clay. Although both types can be dyed to any desired color or pattern, with ceramic tiles, the design is merely printed on the very top layer and can be much more easily damaged than porcelain tile, in which the design runs through all layers.
Porcelain can be difficult to work with because of its density. It is best left to the professionals for installation. Ceramic is less expensive than porcelain, however, it’s important to note that neither material is actually very costly when compared to others in the market such as marble, quartz, granite or Corian. While porcelain is more expensive than ceramic, the higher price does not necessarily make it the better option in all instances. The right question to ask is perhaps not, “Which is better?” but instead, “Which is the best option for my particular needs and situation?”
Need To Consult a Southwest Florida Custom Home Building Expert?
If you are unsure which material might be better suited for your new custom home or remodel, then the experts at Harden Custom Homes would be happy to guide you, as well as share their knowledge of other materials that might be even more suitable for you. Designing and planning for a new home from the ground-up can be overwhelming, but Mark Harden and his experienced team are always here for you to ensure that the process not only goes smoothly but that you are nothing short of satisfied and happy with the final results.
Ready to start your journey to new home ownership? Call us at 239-205-5075 or visit us online at www.hardencustomhomes.com.