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Old 02-17-2011, 09:55 PM   #1
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Is there much of a difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles?
Their final resting spot will be on a shower wall.
They wont have any foot traffic of course, but was wondering if one was perfered over the other for durability and crack resistance...

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Old 02-17-2011, 10:40 PM   #2
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Porcelain is a type of ceramic that is made from clay fired at a high temperature for a relatively long time. Ceramic is a more general term that refers to a variety of products, including some metal/glass composites. Most tiles sold in the store are porcelain, however you can get tiles fired at lower temperature (Mexican clay tiles come to mind). For a shower wall, you want tile that is rated for high moisture exposure conditions.

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I can't imagine how you would break either type of tile on a wall -- unless the wall was flexing a lot. I have ceramic tile on my garage floor. I jack my car up on it without any issues.



Porcelain is even harder.
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You will be fine with either ceramic or porcelain in that situation---Ceramic is less brittle tan porcelain and easier for the installer to cut or drill.
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I tiled my shower last year and finally chose a porcelain tile. It came down to two issues for me. First, the one I chose had a (relatively) smooth surface so it would be easier to clean. Second, the body of the tile was the same color as the surface. I knew I was going to be doing a lot of cuts and didn't want to risk a different color showing.
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Blondsense--You chose a very high quality tile there----I love working with the solid porcelain.

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