Ceramic and Porcelain tile can add a sense of elegance to a room or outdoor space that is unmatched by few other home accent touches.  As a result, it is no wonder more and more homeowners are becoming do it yourself tile installers. Tile countertops are some of the most unique surfaces.  There are many different ceramic tile options that allow an individual to create their own custom top, work area or accent any room in their home.  Tile can assist in creating patterns to create a customized countertop that fits with the décor of their home.
Tile comes in a wide range of colors, styles, sizes and images to provide a multitude of ceramic tile options. Creating unique ceramic tile countertop ideas has become so popular that many manufacturers are now producing colored adhesives and sealants so that the color of the space between the tiles does not take away from the overall effect of the custom countertop. Ceramic tile countertop ideas are only limited by the homeowner’s imagination and, with the right instructions and the ability to adapt them to the design, there is no pattern that cannot be created by using ceramic tiles.

Porcelain Tile versus Ceramic Tile - What are the Differences?

The question is frequently asked by these pre do-it-yourself tile installers is: “What is the difference between porcelain tile and ceramic tile?” Well the answer is pretty simple. Porcelain tile is effectively Ceramic tile. It is just made of a more refined material.
All ceramic tiles are made up of clay and quartz ferrous sand materials, along with water. Once the tiles are formed they are fired to high temperatures and in some cases their surfaces are glazed. The only difference between Porcelain tile and regular ceramic tile is that the clay used in porcelain tile is more highly refined and purified. Consequently, porcelain tiles are denser than a standard ceramic tile. As a result, porcelain tiles are more rugged making them ideal for harsher applications such as flooring. Also, because of their higher density, porcelain tiles are less likely to absorb moisture (0.5%) which makes them more durable and more resistant to staining. Porcelain tiles are frequently found in floor applications, outdoor areas, and in cold weather climates where freezing can occur. With their low absorption capability they are less likely to crack in cold weather climates.

All glazed tiles, whether porcelain or ceramic, have a PEI rating which will tell you how resistant the glazed surface is to scratching and chipping. If you drop an iron skillet on equally rated ceramic and porcelain tiles, you will probably chip both. If you drop a glass, you will probably not break either one. Because of the difference in density, there may be some things that may chip one or the other, but the difference is negligible.

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