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Whether ceramic or porcelain, manufactured tiles are a mixture of clays that are shaped and fired at high temperatures. Natural stone tiles, like slate, granite, or travertine, are quarried products—but many ceramic and porcelain tiles mimic the look of stone very realistically. They create beautiful floors for much less than the cost of stone. If you’re wondering which to choose, here’s a summary of ceramic and porcelain key points:

Glazed Ceramic Tile

Glazed Porcelain Tile

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Offers excellent value!—typically lower in cost compared to porcelain tile with similar texture/patterns

Costs less than solid-surface products and natural stones

Very durable—wears well over time on interior floors

Available in a variety of stylish designs and colors

Has long-lasting, durable surface glaze

Fine natural ingredients and well-controlled manufacturing processes are used

Has a low rate of water absorption, so it’s suitable for interior floors and walls

Offers wipe-clean maintenance

Requires a rigidly controlled manufacturing process using the most advanced procedures and technology

Is considerably denser and more impervious to liquids

Has a much lower rate of water absorption than ceramic tiles and is considered frost-proof—therefore, porcelain is suitable for exterior use in all climates

Has a higher breaking strength than most ceramic tiles

Is fired at extremely high temperatures, becoming 30% harder than natural stone (like granite and marble)

Costs less than solid-surface products and natural stones

Available in a variety of stylish designs and colors

Offers wipe-clean maintenance

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