If tile is the answer to your flooring or counter-top problems and you desire a classic, clean look, then ceramic and porcelain are two styles that will invariably top your list of viable options. These two types of tiles are very similar. However there are some significant differences that may influence your decision based on your intended application.
Porcelain tile is the harder and tougher of the two, leading to its title as most durable type of tile. It is also less porous and features a low rate of absorption meaning it is resistant to water damage and the perfect for areas exposed to moisture, such as bathrooms, patios, and laundry rooms. The downside of porcelain is it is significantly more expensive then ceramic, and is a much more difficult DIY project, requiring specialized tools, Ultimately. professional installation may be the better option.
Ceramic tile is the cheaper alternative to porcelain. It is also easier to work with from an installation standpoint. But, it is softer and more readily absorbs liquids, making it susceptible to stains from spills that are not cleaned up quickly and making it a poor choice for moisture rich areas. Because of its softness, usage should be confined to areas with reduced
traffic. It can also feel cold under foot in colder climates. Ceramic tile also requires more frequent and involved cleaning.