Through body porcelain, color body porcelain – what’s the difference?

Both products are porcelain that must meet the ANSI A137.1 requirement of < 0.50% water absorption and possess the density and durability associated with porcelain products.

Through body porcelain (sometimes referred to as unglazed porcelain) tiles are produced using colored raw materials that permeate the entire tile, incorporating uninterrupted color and pattern features seen on the surface all the way through the tile body.  The surface design is evident in a cross-section of the tile body, providing outstanding abrasion resistance and durability.

Color body porcelain tiles are created with continuous colored stains from the glaze surface throughout the body of the tile.  Synchronizing the color of both the glaze and body lessens the visibility of any impact chips which may occur.  The color remains consistent throughout the tile, but any surface design does not continue through the tile body.