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porcelain vs ceramic: choosing bathroom tiles

The process of building a new home is exciting - especially when you get to put the finishing touches on important spaces, like your kitchen or bathroom. 

Because these are two of the most frequently used rooms in your home, you will want to pay careful attention to even the smallest details - cupboard handles, fittings and fixtures, and especially your bathroom tiles.

Two popular tile choices for homebuilders are porcelain or ceramic and each have their advantages. Read on for a quick guide about these two tile options to help you make a decision about what will suit your space.

Porcelain tiles

One of the main misconceptions people have about porcelain tiles is that they are made from a completely different material than ceramic tiles.

This is not the case - in fact, both are different types of ceramic tile made of clay and water - but there are some important distinctions between the two.

Porcelain tiles tend to contain more kaolinite - a light coloured mineral - and fewer impurities than other types of ceramic tile. These tiles tend to also be denser and less porous than other ceramic tiles. True porcelain tiles are only certified when they meet certain water absorption standards.

Because of their durability, porcelain tiles are a great choice for bathrooms in your single or double storey house plans - especially if many people are going to be sharing the space and it will be a heavy traffic area. 

Ceramic tiles

Ceramic tiles may be more porous than their porcelain counterparts and may absorb more water - but this does not mean that you should discount using them altogether.

Many people find that ceramic tiles are ideal for less frequently used spaces - such as your guest bathroom.

Because ceramic tiles are durable, easy to install and cost-effective, many people find that the overall benefits of ceramic outweigh the advantages of porcelain tiles, which can be more expensive.