What kind of cake, frosting and tile do you like?

Ceramic Tiles and Porcelain Tiles are available in an abundant amount of options, just like cakes.  These options can  vary with regards to sizes, colors, texture, composition, surface contour as well as pattern design.  Each type of tile is made from a unique composition and a particular manufacturing process which greatly effects where it can be installed  and how much it can affect your budget.   First, let’s discuss the difference in composition  between the two materials.

Ceramic tile is generally made of a clay mixture with other minerals, products and water.  This batter-like mixture is then heated or baked to solidify the tile product.  Just like a cake, the top layer of the tile may have small holes from the baking process.  The top surface of the newly formed tile is then glazed to give it a finish, just like frosting on a cake . This glaze or “frosting” will determine the tile’s finish color, design, and texture.  When the ceramic tile is coated with a Grade III or higher glaze, the ceramic tile will be highly resistant to moisture and scratches.  Other important features of the ceramic tile is that it will not burn or scorch, emit toxic fumes nor absorb odors and will not support allergens or bacteria.

Let’s look at porcelain tiles now.  A true porcelain tile, not a knock-off, is composed of finely grounded sand, natural ingredients and water.  The baking process is much different than the ceramic tile baking process.  The mixture is baked at extremely high temperatures under controlled pressure.  The result is a very dense, glass like material, which is much more dense tile than a ceramic tile.  Some porcelain tiles have the color all the way through thus not needing a glaze or frosting.  However, the demand for new designs have led to the addition of a design layer, a frosting.  The top surface of a newly baked porcelain tile is glazed to produce a specific color, texture, and design.  Should the top surface of these particular porcelain tiles be chipped, it would show the porcelain tile’s different body color, like when you cut into a cake you see what’s under the frosting.

When you compare the manufacturing process of these two tiles, there are few differences: porcelain is a more dense tile because of the material used and the higher baking temperature.   Porcelain tiles with its superior hardness, has a higher durability rating  than ceramic tile.

When you compare the durability, cost  and features between the two tile materials, there is little difference.  At ProSource of Pinellas County, we have all sizes, colors and textures to meet every budget.

When it comes down to your final decision, how big  of cake do you want and what kind of frosting do you like?

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read this article and hoped you enjoyed it.  If you’d like more information on ceramic tile, porcelain tile, laminates, hardwoods, carpet, natural stone, or any other types of  flooring, please contact ProSource of Pinellas County at 727-545-9935 or visit our website at www.prosourcefloors.com/pinellascounty.


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2 Responses to “What kind of cake, frosting and tile do you like?”

  1. Tile Flooring Says:

    At first I wasn’t sure where you were going with the cake metaphor but it turned out to be quite apt. Thanks for the post.

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