Though ceramic and porcelain are common terms that are often used when talking about or describing tile, there are definite differences between the two materials. If you are looking to tile an outdoor living area or a patio, it’s very important that you understand the significant differences between ceramic and porcelain so that you are sure to make the right choice.
The differences between these two materials are many beginning with the common fact that porcelain tile is a much denser type of tile. For this very reason when contemplating the use of tile for an outdoor area porcelain is the appropriate tile to consider. When you directly compare porcelain tile to ceramic tile you will find that the porcelain is more durable and indeed more water resistant as well, making it an ideal choice for outdoor areas such as patios.
When trying to decide on the perfect tile for your outdoor use, whether an outdoor home porch where there is so much foot traffic and miscellaneous other activities, or even a beautifully designed patio where both style and safety are your greatest concerns, porcelain will always stand up much better than ceramic each time, every time. Because of its denser state, porcelain is not only water resistant, but is more resistant to damage that can be caused by scratches or chips of any sort.
Here at Elite Stoneworks, we highly recommend to all our valued clients that when choosing their porcelain tiles for outdoor use that they consider a tile that has color fired completely throughout the tile rather than just on the top surface because if the porcelain tile becomes chipped or scratched the damage will be less noticeable since it blends in easily with the color throughout.
Ceramic tile is a mixture of clay and a variety of other natural materials while porcelain tiles are made up of fine porcelain clays that are fired at high temperatures, which ultimately make them denser, much harder, less porous and less prone to stain absorption and moisture. For these reasons, porcelain tile stands up a whole lot better than ceramic tile in outdoor livings spaces or patios.
When choosing porcelain tiles for your outdoor patio be certain to research the wide range of patterns and textures that are available. Many of these patterns greatly resemble natural stone, concrete, brick, rock or even wood if you so desire. Any and all of these patterns and textures are both hard and durable and ideal for use when building and designing an outdoor patio. There are certainly a variety of outdoor patio tiles that are available on the market today that will most assuredly work out nicely for your home patio. Offering endless design options as well as colors, textures and styles, porcelain tiles are a great option for your outdoor patio that will be constantly exposed to the many outdoor elements.
Here at Elite Stoneworks we are all about our clients. We take tremendous pride in all our products and services and strive to deliver our top of the line services in timelines that are accommodating to the schedules and needs of our clients. If you are in the market for an outdoor patio and are uncertain on the design, style or install process, and not sure whether you should choose ceramic or porcelain, then surely you have come to the right place. Take a peek through our website and acquaint yourself with our many products and services and on the abundant outdoor patio options we can deliver. Give a shout out today to our consultants and schedule your free consultation and let us help turn that once upon time dream of yours into a true backyard reality. Contact us today. We look forward to serving you with all your hardscape needs.