Frequently Asked Questions About Porcelain and Ceramic Tile

Frequently Asked Questions About Porcelain and Ceramic Tile

What is the difference between porcelain and ceramic?

Porcelain is a much denser bisque and is also less porous than ceramic. Porcelain can be used outside where ceramic cannot. Porous ceramic can hold water which can turn into ice and crack in freezing temperatures. Porcelain is durable- it wears slower in a high traffic environment.

What is the best material for outdoors?

Properly selected porcelain tile is the best material for outdoors. Porcelain can be used outside where ceramic cannot. Porous ceramic can hold water which can turn into ice and crack in freezing temperatures. Porcelain is durable- it wears slower in a high traffic environment.

Do ceramic and porcelain tiles need to be sealed?

No.

Does tile need to be grouted?

Yes, always.

Is a smooth or textured surface easier to keep clean?

Smooth

Is variation inherent within man made tiles?

It can be depending on what tile you select. Some tiles are monochromatic whereas others have more variation. They are rated from low to high in variation.

Do I need to use backer board?

Yes. Backer board is recommended in most applications.

What is bullnose?

It is a trim piece used to finish raw edges in or on tile installations.