Both porcelain and ceramic tiles are known for their durability and versatility, and for creating a stunning feature in the home. But they were not created equal with porcelain in most cases being denser and tougher, while ceramic is a little more porous but generally more economical. So, space, where you want to place your tiles, will determine the best type to use. Porcelain Tile Cape Town

Where to use porcelain tile?

The beauty of porcelain is that it is naturally dense, and therefore very hard and tough. It is made of refined clay and other natural elements and therefore has greater durability than ceramic. Due to its toughness, porcelain tiles are longer-lasting and can resist scuffs and scratches and is perfect for high traffic areas such as living room and hallway floors. Porcelain comes in many shapes, sizes and designs too so you need to be limited by choice. Porcelain is also perfect for your patio because of its ability to withstand the wet weather.

On the downside, porcelain costs a little more than ceramic, and this is something to consider if you’re tiling a large area. And you may want to factor in the additional cost of installation, as, due to its density, porcelain tile is tough to cut and would ideally need a wet saw with a diamond blade to make the cleanest cut.

Where to use ceramic tile?

Although it’s not quite as tough and durable, ceramic tile is a versatile and affordable option. The clean-lined appearance of ceramic tiles makes them the perfect choice for most wall tiled spaces; a kitchen splashback or feature wall for instance, and for low impact floor spaces. As it’s not as durable as porcelain due to its relatively high absorption rate, ceramic is best avoided in areas often exposed to high moisture, such as the shower and patio.

Ceramic is a great choice if you’re on a budget. The clay in ceramic tiles is of a slightly inferior grade to that of porcelain, making it more affordable. Which is great if you have a large area to cover. This doesn’t mean you have a limited selection to choose from – ceramic tiles come in every possible style and design including the latest industry trends.

You’ll save money on the installation too if you DIY with ceramic because, in comparison to porcelain tiles, ceramic has a relatively soft surface, which makes it easier to install as it can be cut with a simple tile cutter.


So, there you have it. A simple run down of the best places to use ceramic and porcelain tiles. If you’re looking for super durability, in wet areas or areas of high traffic, then the porcelain tile is the way to go. For ease of installation and relatively less expense, then you’ll want to choose the ceramic option. Both types come in an abundance of styles and designs. So, your only problem will be to choose which of our beautiful tiles to use in your home.

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