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Porcelain tiles are denser and usually have harder surfaces than ceramic tile.  Most tiles available today are porcelain.  If you are selecting tile for a heavy traffic residential area or commercial area, porcelain is the way to go.   On wall applications, it is irrelevant if the tile is porcelain or ceramic. 


Note that both ceramic and porcelain are made from a mixture of clays and other materials, then kiln-fired to approximately 1400 degrees. In general, porcelain and ceramic tile are ceramic tiles (just to be extra confusing). 


These tiles are divided into two groups: Non-porcelain tiles (i.e., ceramic) and porcelain tiles.


  • Non-porcelain tiles are generally made from red or white clay mixtures. They are finished with a durable glaze, which carries the color and pattern of the finished tile; although an assortment of tile dyes are used for coloring. They are used in both wall tile and floor tile applications and are softer and easier to cut than porcelain. These non-porcelain ceramic tiles are usually suitable for light-to-moderate traffic.
  • Porcelain tiles are generally made by the dust pressed method from porcelain clays, which result in a tile that is denser and more durable than ceramic tile. The finish is finer grained and smoother tile with sharply formed faces. Glazed porcelain tiles are much harder and are more wear and damage resistant than non-porcelain ceramic tiles. They are excellent for light traffic and heavy traffic. Full body porcelain tiles carry the color and pattern through the entire thickness of the tile making them virtually impervious to wear and are suitable for any application. Porcelain tiles are available in matte, unglazed or a high polished finish. Porcelain tile usually cost approximately 10% more than the regular group one ceramic tile.

 

For bathrooms, shower enclosures or laundry rooms, use a porcelain tile. Not only is porcelain tile more durable because of their hardness, they are more resistant to moisture. It is the best choice for tiling bathroom floors, bathroom walls, shower stalls, and when tiling around bathtubs.


the big question: ceramic or porcelain?

Bella Tile always has a vast range of floor and wall tiles in stock and available for your large and small-scale projects.  We can offer beautifully complex designs, sophisticated subtlety and fabulous functionality.


There is a wide variety of color, quality and finishing options to suit your every need. Tiles are a popular choice for the interiors of both your home and office, or even more industrial spaces. They are a resilient and durable option for walls, floors and even ceilings, and require minimal maintenance.


Our professional and knowledgeable staff will walk you through the choices and help you select the ideal material and provide samples for you to take to your space to help you envision the final look. 


If you wish to know more about the different tiles, simply click the tile below, explore our website, contact us, or come to our showroom.



stylistic ceramic

Ceramic is one of the most durable and versatile surfacing materials and perhaps the most stylistically diverse. Ceramic tiles from Bella Tiles come in all shapes, sizes and colors from tiny mosaics to large ‘planks’, in different glazes and many textures to fit with any look or use. Ceramic tile can give you a classical appearance, a retro vibe, or a clean, refreshing, modern look.


versatile porcelain

Porcelain tile is available in a wide range of colors, patterns and mosaics with many examples found in the Bella Tile showroom.  Take a look at our many options, which range from classic faux stones to fashion-inspired prints.


gliTtering glass

Glass tiles are an exciting product from Bella Tile that can add a splash of color to your space, as an accent, or for an entire wall to create an interesting and unique display. Luminous, light-catching glass is one of the most versatile materials for interior design, bringing an impression of depth to any surface although typically used for walls.


natural stone

Bella Tile's broad range of natural stone will meet the needs of any creative and functional idea.  Natural stone is a versatile and alluring surfacing material.  Its look varies depending upon the chosen type and finish.

Bella Tile offers a variety of classic looks in luxurious stones such as marble, travertine, and onyx as well as ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, pebbles, and glass. Often, mosaics are provided on mesh to make installation easier.

brilliant counter tops

Countertops (also known as a counter top, counter, benchtop, worktop, or kitchen bench depending upon where you come from) typically refers to a horizontal work surface in kitchens or other food preparation areas, bathrooms or lavatories, and workrooms. 


Bella Tile has been selling and installing tiles for more than 30 years.  Over that time, we have stocked and collected tiles from many sources. We have many thousands of discontinued, hard-to-find, and not currently manufactured tiles.  We carry tiles manufactured by American Olean, Daltile, Soho Studio, Cancos, AKDO, Wayne Tile, Terra Tile & Marble, and many, many others.







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