What is the difference between porcelain and ceramic tile flooring?

What is the difference between porcelain and ceramic tile flooring?

Porcelain is a specialized type of ceramic. Tile made of the two clay-based materials is durable, and therefore, long-lasting. While tradition dictates placing tile in the kitchen and bathroom, it can bring a sophisticated look to any room. The flooring resists stains and scratches, and it doesn't chip easily. You can find tile flooring perfect for any room in your home at Two Stone Slab & Tile, a tile store in Minden, Nevada. We also offer a selection of other types of flooring and granite, quartz, and marble countertops and shower surrounds.


Porcelain is the most durable type of tile available. The tile is more robust, heavier, and less porous than ceramic tile for two reasons. First, it's composed of fine kaolin clay. Second, it's hardened in the kiln at a higher temperature than ceramic. Porcelain tile tends to be colorful, and it comes in many sizes and shapes. Some styles mimic hardwood and stone, which creates innovative design possibilities. A high-quality porcelain floor can last a lifetime.


Ceramic is made of coarse clay. Neutral colors and standard tile sizes, like 12-inch x 12-inch, are common for budget-friendly ceramic floor tile. While porcelain tile is ideal for business settings and high traffic areas in a home, ceramic tile is better suited for medium traffic areas. Porcelain is naturally waterproof, but ceramic is porous. Thus, ceramic tile must be glazed to repel water.

Locally-owned Two Stone Slab & Tile offers premium quality flooring from Dal-Tile, American Olean, and Marazzi manufacturers. Our tile shop works with some of the best contractors in the area; Genoa, Gardnerville, Johnson Lane, Carson City, Mammoth Lakes, and Lake Tahoe are a few Nevada communities in our service area. You can begin your tile flooring upgrade by using online tools like our product catalog and room visualizer. Then for more personalized service, including design consultation, stop by our showroom in Minden.