Ceramic tiles are made of natural clays, sand and water, then they are hardened permanently by baking in a kiln. Porcelain tiles are made of refined clays, sand and water, hence Porcelain tiles are ceramic tiles that are heated and hardened at very high temperatures.
Ceramic tiles are slightly porous. Porcelain tiles are very dense and impervious, highly resistant to water and more stain resistant than ceramic tiles.
Ceramic tiles are not very strong; they are brittle and prone to cracking and getting chipped. Porcelain tiles have very strong material strength and do not easily break or get cracked.
Ceramic tiles are cheaper than Porcelain tiles.
Ceramic tiles are light weight while Porcelain tiles are heavier as they are composed of a very dense material.
Ceramic tiles are used mainly in the interiors. Porcelain tiles are used in both the interiors as well as the exteriors.
Ceramic tiles are soft and easier to cut than Porcelain tiles.
Ceramic Tiles are finished with a top glaze which incorporates the colour, pattern and texture of the tile. A Full body Porcelain tile carries the colour and pattern throughout the thickness of the tile.
Ceramic tiles are appropriate for residential use while Porcelain tiles are suitable for residential purpose and areas of light commercial traffic.