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Porcelain Versus Ceramic Tiles

Mike's Flooring and Design Center Porcelain Versus Ceramic

Porcelain and ceramic both have their own preferred applications. Ask an expert which is best for your project.

In the debate between porcelain versus ceramic tiles, it can be difficult to know if there’s a clear winner. The fact is, both have their own benefits and quirks that make them applicable to different areas and situations. Take the pros and cons of both into account and consult a professional to decide which is best for your project.


Porcelain is more durable than ceramic, making it a better option for high-traffic areas. It also has consistent color throughout the tile, so chips and wear won’t be as obvious. Porcelain has a lower absorbency rate than ceramic, making it ideal for areas that are frequently exposed to water such as the bathroom floor or shower.

Something to consider about porcelain is that it costs more than ceramic. Although the up-front cost is higher, porcelain will last longer and ultimately pay for itself. Another consideration is that porcelain requires special tools in order to cut it, so it’s best to have it professionally installed as it can be difficult to DIY.


The customization options for ceramic tiles are much more abundant. They can be glazed in many colors and patterns, and they can come textured which brings depth to the area where you apply them. This makes them an excellent choice for applications such as kitchen backsplashes. Ceramic tiles are also easier to cut than porcelain, making them a better DIY option, and they’re less expensive so the up-front cost is more manageable.

Things to consider about ceramic are its lower durability and higher water absorption as compared to porcelain.


In the debate between porcelain versus ceramic, one doesn’t really stand above the other. Both come with their own sets of pros and cons, making them ideal for different projects and spaces. Porcelain’s durability and water resilience make it ideal for bathroom applications and kitchen countertops, while ceramic’s versatility and customization options make it ideal for the perfect kitchen backsplash. Consult with a professional about your project idea to get expert advice on which of these options will work best for your needs.

Contact Mike’s Flooring and Design Center

Since Mike purchased the business in 1996, he and his team have helped families like yours throughout Delmarva, Sussex County, DE, and Ocean City, MD. Mike continues to be involved in the day-to-day operations, ensuring the vision you share is the one we help deliver.

Over the years, we have established relationships with local manufacturers, such as Adura, COREtec, and Bruce, who we trust to deliver superior work. Our team will continue to be your point of contact through the entire process to be sure you are completely satisfied.

We also provide “SHOP AT HOME” service.  We will bring samples directly to your home, or should you already know what products you want, we can safely provide you with a “FREE ESTIMATE.”   This allows you the flexibility of not having to be at home for us to do an estimate, nor the installation.  All we will need to know is what areas in your home we would be doing and how we can gain access (hidden key, lock box, coded entry, realtor, neighbor, etc.).  This is tailored around the homeowner who needs to get their unit ready for the season or simply enhancing their home but does not want to leave their home or can’t make it to town (Ocean City, Berlin, Salisbury, Worcester / Wicomico County Maryland & Sussex County Delaware).

This service is not new to us.  We have already been providing this service for our customers for the past 26 years.  With the current situation at hand, we can continue to provide you with your Floor Covering and/or Window Treatment & Design needs along with the “AWESOME SERVICE YOU DESERVE, ALONG WITH PROFESSIONAL, QUALITY INSTALLATIONS.”

Please feel free to contact us at 800-298-9470, or email us at and we will be more than happy to assist you with your project.  Have a wonderful day and STAY HEALTHY!

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