Choosing Ceramic vs. Porcelain Tile

There are two main types of floor tile, ceramic and porcelain. While both are durable and appropriate to use, there are noticeable differences between them.

Ceramic tile are composed of fired clay with a glaze coating. While usually less expensive than porcelain tile, ceramic are not as durable.

Porcelain tile are made of sand fired at high temperature and pressure. Porcelain tile are harder than ceramic and not porous, making them more water resistant. On the downside, porcelain tile are more difficult to cut than ceramic.

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  1. What is a good cleaner for ceramic tile. Hairspray residue on the bathroom floor is beginning to build up on the floor.

    Thanks

  2. Can you install ceramic tile over inlaid vinyl flooring without putting a membrane over it? I have been told you can if you rough up the surface of the vinyl to allow glue to adhere to it. I wasn’t sure, and wanted to know if it could be done and how well it would work.

  3. Beverly, a good cleaner for taking off hairspray residue is shampoo. it works for our hair and does a fine job on walls, floors, etc. happy cleaning!

  4. HI BOB, WHAT IS USED TO GROUT PORCELAIN TILES ON WOODEN FLOOR
    AND IS SANDED GROUT BETTER TO USE ON CONCRETE FLOORS USING PORCELAIN TILES

  5. Was wondering what product would work best under a porcelein tile floor in a bathroom, a cement backerboard or a flexible membrane? thank you, Lisa

  6. Was wondering which product would be best for backing behind tiled walls for a bathroom/laundry Certainteed’s GlasRoc or Hardiebacker. Or is it better to use regular wallboard and then use the Kerdi membrane for waterproofing. Thanks

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