How is Porcelain tile different from other tiles?

ANSI A137.1 (the industry-recognized resource when it comes to tile) defines tile as: “A ceramic surfacing unit, usually relatively thin in relation to facial area, having either a glazed or unglazed face and fired above red heat in the course of manufacture to a temperature sufficiently high to produce specific properties and characteristics.” 

The specific “properties and characteristics” that sets porcelain tile apart from other types of tile (ceramic tile and wall tile) include:

1)     Very low water absorption rate of < 0.50% makes it frost resistant

2)     High firing temperatures (2200° F as opposed to 2050° F for ceramic tile) and higher psi during pressing makes it compact and dense

3)     Highly refined, purified clays make it durable and an ideal palette for broadly ranging surface designs

The combination of these elements make porcelain tile an outstanding choice for residential and commercial applications, walls and floors, interior and exterior – there’s a porcelain product suitable for every installation.