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What is the difference between ceramic and porcelain tile?

The difference between ceramic and porcelain is in the raw materials, production process and technical characteristics. Porcelain is made with slightly different raw materials, which allows for the tile to be pressed at a higher pressure than normal ceramic tiles. This added pressure allows porcelain tile to be slightly denser and more durable. Ceramic tiles are not pressed at as high of pressure but are still very durable and can be used anywhere throughout your home. Once it has been pressed, it is cooked at temperatures over 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit in the kiln (oven) which gives tile its hard packed and durable body. Due to these characteristics’ porcelain is waterproof and can be installed anywhere in your home or business, even outdoors! Ceramics are water resistant, but not recommended for outdoor or heavy commercial applications.

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