Ceramic vs. porcelain tile countertops


There are many similarities between ceramic and porcelain tiles. Since antiquity, ceramics tile were used in a variety of models and in particular as architectural elements.


Ceramic tiles were made of a clay layer that was introduced into the furnace at high temperatures. The result was a clay jug, black earth colored as the material of which was made. The manufacturing process developed over time and they got the idea that one side to pass again through the combustion process, with the difference to be introduced at a higher temperature than the first stage. This time, has resulted a glossy front, called glaze. This tile was inserted once again in the oven that ultimately it resulted a tile that brigs with marble tiles or porcelain, hence the name of porcelain tiles.


Porcelain tile was used from the beginning as a material suitable for environments with severe conditions, such as industrial or public spaces (squares, airports, supermarkets) with dense traffic. It is interesting to note that until the late ‘70s, porcelain tiles were proposed in a very limited range of colors and sizes.

Ancient civilizations have left numerous traces where glazed tiles were used in the architecture of the building facades, especially in the decorative details. There are many examples today of using ceramics from the Arab domination or from the modernism period, as proof of the excellent qualities that led to a so long time resistance. Tiles from this period are definitely beautiful, but they don’t go very well with today’s modern and minimal appliances. A regular cooker, for example, will look slightly off against Arabic tile, so you should instead buy an Aga cooker with a traditional design. You can visit londoncooker.com to find both new and reconditioned Aga cookers that go well with Arab ceramics. Make sure you choose a model that goes with the color of the tile!

Ceramic tiles provide some of the most beautiful, durable and easy to maintain methods of decorating walls, respectively the floors of your home. In addition, ceramic tiles are almost impossible to be stained or scratched. You can install them in any part of the house you want, although the most common places for cladding with tile are the bath and kitchen area.

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are available in a variety of shapes and colors. In terms of colors, there are no limits practically and it can fit in any decor you can imagine. What you need to watch carefully, beside the design you want, is if the tiles are waterproof or not, depending on where you want to apply them.