No, porcelain and ceramic tiles
are two very different things. They behave differently in different installations so you should know the difference.
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While porcelain is a type of ceramic, it also contains sand and, even sometimes, glass which makes it heavier. It is fired longer and at higher temperatures than ceramic, so it’s extremely strong and completely waterproof, whether or not it’s glazed.
It’s good for floors in high-traffic areas, such as the kitchen, bath, and entryway, and also for tile and tub surrounds. You’ll also see it on decks, patios, and pool-sides.
Porcelain is milky white, has a translucent quality, and has the cache of Italian porcellana or fine china, which does make it more expensive. While it is all-white, it comes with an assortment of patterns and various shapes, from the traditional square to diamonds and hexagons.
Some benefits of porcelain include: design flexibility, as it can resemble marble, granite, wood, steel, etc. It is also so durable and stain-resistant that it is commonly used in commercial installations.