What is the difference between porcelain and ceramic tiles?
Both porcelain and ceramic tiles are made from clay, but the difference lies in the temperature and type of clay used. Porcelain tiles are made from refined clay and are kiln-fired at a high temperature, making them highly durable and non-porous. Ceramic tiles are made of less fine clay at a lower temperature, and the outcome is less dense and more porous. Porcelain tiles are waterproof and suited for indoor and outdoor areas with high traffic and moisture levels such as walls, commercial spaces and bathrooms. Porcelain tiles are also more expensive than other types of tiles. We carry Black Porcelain Tile in various colors and finishes including Matte, Polished and Glossy. Check out our most reviewed product, the Atempo Palazzo Elba Encaustic 9-7/8 in. x 9-7/8 in. Porcelain Floor and Wall Tile (11.25 sq. ft./case).