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Porcelain Tiles or Ceramic Tiles for Bathrooms?

The Best Suited Tiles For Your Bathroom

Are you currently planning a bathroom makeover? This is a very exciting time in any home owner’s life, given the limitless possibilities available. Now is your time to finally create the bathroom of your dreams! However, there are many different aspects for you to take into consideration. Arguably, one of these aspects is the type of tiles to install for your bathroom floor. At Spenwell General Building, leading builders in East London and Essex, we have seen the same battle time again; ceramic tiles versus porcelain tiles? In this blog post, we’ll weigh up some pros and cons of both varieties in the hope that we can help you to gain a better understanding of each.

We have seen these two terms used interchangeably in our many years of experience, however, we will address some of the main differences of each. Let us help you to decide; porcelain tiles or ceramic tiles for bathrooms?

The Major Differences

At first glance, ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles seem very similar, however, there are some distinct differences between the two. As an example, porcelain tiles are known to be denser and less porous than ceramic tiles. Basically, this means that porcelain tiles are well suited for outdoor and indoor use, as well as hard wearing. Structurally, they also appear more dense at a closer look, due to the way they are manufactured. Ceramic tiles flourish in interior spaces that are less traffic heavy, for instance your bathroom walls or kitchen decal. On the other hand, porcelain tiles are highly resistant against chipping and scratching. 

To sum up, ceramics is a type of material which is semi-crystalline , amorphous and inorganic in nature. Unlike ceramic, porcelain is a type of ceramic which is made using the fusion of clays. As mentioned, due to the manufacturing process, porcelain tiles are more dense than ceramic tiles, making them heavier and more difficult to cut.

Which Tiles For Bathroom Renovation Should You Choose?

Even though the decision will ultimately lay with our clients, at Spenwell General Builders we like to give our clients all the facts and options.  This enables you to make an informed decision and one that will be beneficial to your space. So, porcelain tiles or ceramic tiles for bathrooms? Porcelain tiles are a great option when you are looking at hard wear areas such as flooring. Since they are highly liquid and stain-resistant, this means less maintenance in the long run. In order for porcelain to be deemed as “porcelain”, the international standard of a water absorption rate of less than one-tenth of 1%. This makes porcelain suitable for indoor and outdoor spaces in all climates. 

Despite the many benefits that porcelain tiles offer, there are some drawbacks to consider as well. These include the cost of installation of the tiles, as well as the considerable weight of the tiles. Additionally, the grout lines between the tiles will need extra attention as these areas are prone to water damage. 

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Certainly, ceramic tiles are known to be very versatile in nature and can be used in a wide range of environments without the worry of stains, water, and such. Ceramic is also a great heat-resistant option. Additionally, they are also able to withstand high levels of humidity. Ceramic tile designs can be manufactured to suit an incredibly diverse range of styles and are able to be cut easily into different shapes. However, of course, they have their cons and some of these include being slightly more difficult to clean compared to porcelain tiles. Furthermore, they can be too heavy for upper-floor apartments when looking at an entire floor. 
Luckily, with the help of Spenwell General Builders, retiling your bathroom floors with either porcelain or ceramic tiles is a breeze. Let us help you take the stress out of your bathroom redecorating. Contact Spenwell General Builders today if you would like an obligation-free quote for your bathroom refurbishment in East London or Essex.