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Porcelain vs. Ceramic Tile - Which is Better?

As a homeowner, you are moving toward creating your dream house; a place that you can admire and will last for decades. Whether you live in Indianapolis, Carmel, Westfield or Fishers, Indiana or any other city or state, this is an important decision you will have to make at some point in your life. And most times, whether you purchased a new home or an older one, there will be tile in one or more places. Either way, the time has come for you to choose the tile you want for your kitchen, bathroom, foyer or other areas of your home

There are so many choices and so many styles and designs. But the most important question is: which is better...porcelain or ceramic tile? Which one is more durable or more practical? Can you get both in the design style you prefer? Which one is easier, down the road, to do grout sealing and/or grout cleaning on?

There is a difference between ceramic tile and porcelain tile.

Despite that they look very similar, there are many difference between these two rivals. So let's compare them and hopefully this article will help you make a decision.

Porcelain Tile

Both indoor and outdoor use

Very durable.

Denser because of the manufacturing process

Preferable for heavily trafficked areas

Highly resistant against chipping

Highly resistant to penetrating of liquids

Stain resistant

Fireproof - inhibits movement of flames in a fire

Low maintenance

Heavier, so more difficult to cut

More expensive

Ceramic Tile

Less expensive

Higher absorption rate

Not as durable as porcelain

Less dense so much easier to cut

Very versatile for many types of installations

Glazed tiles are very water resistant

Many styles, types and shapes

Easy to maintain

Quality installation allows decades of use

Highly resistant to allergens

There you have it. Now you can make a knowledgeable decision. But remember, that's only have of what you need. Now you have to choose the grout and sealer. Remember that what you see the day of your installation, is not what you will see 6 months down the road. Without a correct grout cleaning and grout sealing of your tile and grout your white or light colored grout lines will look black very soon.

Grout Tek uses our own proprietary formula that will keep your grout lines looking fresh, clean and new for years to come. So after you choose the tile you want, give us a call and let us help you keep that investment looking new. After all, it's your home and possibly the most expensive investment in your life. Leave it in our hands. Read our reviews then you will understand why we are the best to help you with all your grout cleaning and grout sealing needs!

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