Ceramic Tile vs. Porcelain Tile

SAT Pic Ceramic Tile vs. Porcelain Tile

If you were taking the verbal section of the SAT, one of the questions might look similar to this:  A square is to a rectangle, as ___________ is to ceramic tile.


The answer of course would be porcelain tile.  Much like a square has stricter credentials, however still meets the qualifications of a rectangle, porcelain tile is just that.  While porcelain tile fits the description of ceramic tile, it takes it a step further in differentiating itself from its close relative.


So what’s the Difference?


What qualifies something as ceramic tile?  Ceramic tile is usually created by mixing a base of clay with different types of minerals and water.  A stoneware clay body will be fired at around 1,800-2,000°F and have water absorption between 0.5%-3.0%, with some even as high as 20%!


Porcelain on the other hand is made out of a mixture of clay, sand, and feldspar, which is a naturally occurring mineral in granite.  The sand strengthens the mixture, while the feldspar melts, fusing together all the materials making the tile denser than a standard ceramic tile, thus stronger (30% stronger than granite!) and more stain resistant.


Porcelain tile will fire at about 2,300°F.  The higher firing temperature will drive out more water, and with the feldspar melting to form a low-order glass, the tile will be far more water resistant.  Thus, the American standards for a porcelain product is that is must absorb less than or equal to 0.5% of water (Read more about our manufacturing process).


Why the Confusion?


The biggest debate over “what is porcelain tile?” is that there ceases to be one universally accepted definition.  This means that buying from overseas can be risky, as all they have to do is slap a Porcelain stamp on the side of the box before it ships and manufacturers can sell it as true porcelain.


To reiterate, the American tile industry traditionally has described porcelain tile as being a practically impervious form of ceramic tile, meaning that the tile will absorb equal to or less than 0.5% of water.


StonePeak takes our porcelain tile to another level as we fire each tile to absorb less than or equal to 0.1% of water, making a virtually non-permeable body.  This style is referred to as “technical porcelain” in the American tile industry.


What to Take From This Article?


1)      Porcelain tile should absorb ≤ 0.5% of moisture

2)      StonePeak manufactures technical porcelain, absorbing ≤ 0.1% of moisture

3)      Porcelain tile has exceptional durability, being 30% stronger than granite

4)      Because of their higher density, porcelain tile is more resistant to staining

5)      Be wary of foreign market products as there are no universal standard

6)      The Life-Cycle of Porcelain Ceramics


Take a look at just how beautiful true porcelain ceramics can be!


  • http://word9.vwz.pl nasze mazury to cud natury

    I just could not depart your web site prior to suggesting that I extremely enjoyed the standard info a person provide for your visitors? Is going to be back often in order to check up on new posts

    • http://www.stonepeakceramics.com admin

      Great to hear! Thank you for your feed back.

  • http://vkl.pl xn--orodki-3ib uzdrowiskowe

    Normally I don’t read article on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very forced me to try and do so! Your writing style has been amazed me. Thanks, very nice article.

  • http://www.stonepeakceramics.com admin

    I appreciate the complement and am glad that we could bring you back to the blogosphere!

  • http://rwa-kulszowa.waw.pl/ Rwa kulszowa

    Very interesting to read your articles. Only the parties can not view in google chrome. Fix it.

    • http://www.stonepeakceramics.com admin

      I am sorry you are having problems viewing our blog. The blog was actually designed using Google Chrome, and I am currently using it to respond to your comment. Please keep us updated if you figure out why you could not view our content so we can fix any bugs.

  • http://www.mysuperblogs48.com/ Caleb Bierstedt

    Would you be interested by exchanging hyperlinks?

    • http://www.stonepeakceramics.com admin

      Hello Caleb,

      If you would like to send me material I would love to publish it and give you a backlink in the article, if of course it is content that we want to put on our blog. And if you would like to link to our blog, please go ahead and do so.


  • http://www.mysuperblogs49.com/ Tomoko Hewson

    This is the fitting weblog for anyone who desires to search out out about this topic. You realize a lot its virtually arduous to argue with you (not that I really would want?HaHa). You definitely put a brand new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Nice stuff, just nice!

    • http://www.stonepeakceramics.com admin

      Thanks Tomoko. Our goal is to present industry information in a new light, and it appears to have resonated with you. Thanks for the comment!

  • Pingback: The Nashville Flood Rebuild | StonePeak Ceramics Blog

  • Pingback: Coverings: The Pre Show | StonePeak Ceramics Blog

  • Pingback: Helpful Remodeling & Construction Tips from Blue Marlin Construction » Blog Archive » 5 Things You Should Know About Cleaning Porcelain Tiles