Deciding the right tile for your house can be quite a difficult task. There are several options available in the flooring market. The most common flooring tiles are porcelain tiles and ceramic tiles. While both might seem similar, they are quite different from each other. 

Here is a detailed list of pros and cons of both porcelain and ceramic tile with its key differences to fit the space perfectly. 

Constituents difference

Porcelain tile is made up of fine sand, clay, and feldspar at high temperatures under high pressure. Porcelain clay is fired at a higher temperature than ceramic tiles which ensures higher density. While ceramic tile is made up of different kinds of clay-like red, white or brown. They are fired at high temperatures to ensure complete water removal. Ceramic tiles are then glazed and patterned to produce beautiful tiles. 

Density difference

Since porcelain tiles are made at a higher temperature, they are denser than ceramic tiles. Density ensures that that tile is less porous and hardwearing. Porcelain tiles are much more durable than ceramic tiles. On the other hand, Ceramic tiles can be brittle and less dense but are lightweight and easy to install. 

Water-resistant difference

The durable porcelain tiles come with water resistance. Porcelain tiles can be an ideal choice for bathroom and kitchen space where it is likely to come in contact with water. Ceramic tiles on other hand have intricate designs and patterns but offer less water resistance and do absorb water because of their porous nature. 

The ideal place to be installed 

Porcelain tiles have a durable and non-porous nature and can be widely used in commercial areas like offices, hotels, shops, and banks which are most likely to face high foot traffic. Rooms with moisture or water contact can also have porcelain tiles installed. While ceramic tiles are known for their unmatchable designs and can be installed on walls of a home or commercial area. Floors with considerable low foot areas can also have ceramic tiles installed.

Durability difference

Porcelain tiles can weather different natural elements and can be installed outdoors. It provides resistance to scratches and indentation. While ceramic tiles often crack upon cold weather or placement of the heavy object. Porcelain is a denser tile, requires heavy machines for cutting and installing while ceramic tiles are lightweight and easier to install. 

Price difference

Customers looking for affordable and budget-friendly tiles can go for ceramic tiles. Ceramic tiles are cheaper than porcelain tiles. Ceramic tiles are not only kinder on the wallet, but also have a wide range of designs and patterns, which can be beneficial for customers who have a predetermined theme or style planned. While porcelain tiles are available only in basic and simple designs and colors. 


Both the tiles have their advantages and disadvantages. The users should know about the various services offered by each of the tile types and make a decision based on the need, theme, style, place of installation, and allowance of the bank balance.