What is the difference between standard “ceramic” tiles and porcelain tiles?
The concept of ceramic tile in a broader sense encompasses all types of tiles that are made of clay or a mixture of clay with other natural materials, and then kiln-fired. The two basic subgroups of ceramic tiles are porcelain and non-porcelain tiles, which differ in the material itself, manufacturing technology, technical properties and purpose of use. Non-porcelain tiles are usually called ceramic tiles in the narrow sense, and are thus separated from the porcelain.
The main difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles is in the water absorption. Porcelain tiles have extremely low water absorption (less than 0.5%), which is why they are classified as frost-resistant and are also intended for outdoor application. Ceramic tiles, on the other hand, have a higher water absorption, so they are used only indoors.
Gorenje Keramika produces wall ceramic tiles, which are made of red clay and glazed with a durable layer of glaze, which makes the tile surface durable and extremely easy to clean and maintain. These tiles are exclusively designed for indoor wall installation. They are softer and lighter than porcelain tiles, making installation easier and the walls less heavy.
Porcelain tiles are heavier, stronger and more durable than ceramic, so they are also suitable for installation on the busiest walking surfaces or outdoor. Gorenje Keramika offers glazed porcelain tiles that will ensure long-term carefree use.