Porcelain tile’s beauty and durability are equally amazing. How does our porcelain tile compare to our ceramic tile?

Porcelain Tile: 

  • Is considerably denser and more impervious, which means it is more resistant to fluid passing through
  • Has a much lower rate of water absorption, so it’s suitable for interiors and exteriors in all climates
  • Is considered frost resistant
  • Has a greater breaking strength
  • Is fired at extremely high temperatures, becoming 30% harder than natural stone (like granite and marble)
  • Costs less than natural stone
  • It’s important to note that all porcelain is ceramic but not all ceramic is porcelain. Specifically, porcelain is ceramic that has lower water absorption due to a denser body therefore it’s ideally suited for outdoor installations. 

Ceramic Tile:

  • Tends to be more cost effective than porcelain
  • Is easier for the installer to cut
  • Has more color options available

No matter which Shaw product you choose, rest assured that you are choosing a quality product you can enjoy for years to come.