Porcelain or Stoneware? What is the difference?

Choosing a floor has to go beyond its appearance or aesthetics. It is important to take into account the place where it will be installed and the characteristics it has. For example, a floor for a busy place outdoors is not the same as for the interior of a home. Or where an elderly person or with a disability who could suffer an accident is going to travel. Among the floors that are most used today, there are two, porcelain stoneware and non-porcelain stoneware. Is there a difference between them?

Before explaining it, it should be mentioned that there is a regulation that regulates the manufacture of ceramic tiles: ISO 130006 EN 14411. And classifies tiles according to their manufacturing method and water absorption, deriving from there the different groups. The percentages usually go from less than or equal to 0.5%, to greater than 10%. They are also manufactured by extrusion or by dry pressing.

Characteristics of the porcelain and non-porcelain stoneware floor

One of its main differences is its ability to absorb water. The stonewareporcelain, for its part, offers a less water absorption, which offers resistance to humidity. This type of soil is widely used in swimming pools and in places where water is present (for example, in a spa).

So, to classify a tile as porcelain stoneware,its water absorption must be equal to or less than 0.5%. In the case of non-porcelain stoneware, the water absorption can reach 6%, for example. Manufacturing has a lot to do with these characteristics. In the case of porcelain stoneware, it is made starting from a ceramic paste that is enriched in fluxes (feldspars). Thanks to the treatment it receives, the pores of the piece are sealed, helping not only to avoid water absorption, but also to avoid substances and stains.

In addition to the above, this type of flooring forms crystalline bases of high hardness that make them resistant to abrasion and breakage.. This is the reason why porcelain stoneware is much more resistant to static and dynamic loads compared to non-porcelain stoneware.

Where to buy porcelain stoneware

In Small Size We offer you high-performance porcelain stoneware according to your needs and for all types of spaces. If what you are looking for is a floor with high resistance, for exteriors, with high durability, resistance to impacts, we have it. And if you also need floors that offer high security to those who pass there, in addition to hygiene, count on it.

In Small Size we have porcelain stoneware that offers durability and easy maintenance, for high traffic surfaces and demanding environmental conditions. It is the ideal type of floor to install in parks, restaurants, terraces, hotels, gardens and roads, commercial areas. But also in airports, industrial areas, urban locations and more.

Our porcelain stoneware floors not only offer beauty and durability, but also have non-slip properties. They are characterized by resisting sudden changes in temperature and are easy to install.We offer you floors with natural textures, which stand out for their reliefs, nuances and beauty. We are located in 12110 L’Alcora - (Castellón), Spain. Contact one of our experts to offer you more information about our types of porcelain floors according to your needs.