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What are the main differences between porcelain and ceramic tiles?

There is often a fair bit of confusion regarding the differences between these two tiles as they look very similar from the eye. Though there are many differences between the two. The porcelain tile is harder, offers more design flexibility, absorbs less water, more stain resistant, longer lasting though they are more expensive as they are trickier to cut and shape and more brittle. Which leaves the advantages of ceramic tiles being they are cheaper and easier to cut.

Are ceramic tiles slip resistant?

In Australia slip resistant tests are categorised as either Footwear or Barefoot. These scales determine the degree of slippage. While assessing different ceramic tile surfaces, wet and dry conditions along with the speed of the subject are also monitored. The tiles are identified into 3 categories such as Slip Resistant – coefficient of friction is 0.60 or greater, Conditionally Slip Resistant – coefficient of friction is 0.50 to 0.59 and Questionable – coefficient of friction is less than 0.50. One more important thing to note is that the textured tiles are less slippery. However, the greater the anti-slip finish on the tile, the harder it is to keep it clean.

Do ceramic tiles chip easier than porcelain tiles?

As ceramic tiles are kiln fired at low temperature than porcelain tiles, these are less dense, softer and more porous. The ceramic tiles are also coated with glaze to decrease their water absorption rate, however, when placed in high traffic area or exposed to high moisture, ceramic tiles can crack and chip and the clay underneath the glaze will show through. So, it is less resistant than porcelain and should be used in areas with low or moderate foot traffic.