What’s the Difference: Outdoor Porcelain vs. Ceramic Tiles

Porcea Amalfi

When you’re planning to revamp your walls, floors, or countertop, porcelain and ceramic tiles are two of the popular options you have aside from natural stones. Both of these flooring materials are versatile, durable, and available in a wide range of styles and colours. 

At a glance, ceramic and porcelain tiles may look similar. Likewise, they have similar applications and installation processes. For these reasons, most homeowners usually use them interchangeably as if they are the same. But despite the visual similarities, there are many key technical differences that make Porcea Stone outdoor porcelain tiles far better than any ceramic tiles on the market. And that’s what we will discuss in this article.

Porcelain Tiles vs. Ceramic Tiles: A Head To Head Comparison

Outdoor Porcelain vs. Ceramic Tiles
Porcea Greige

Even though the appearance and feel of ceramic and porcelain tiles are very similar, there are many notable differences between these materials. At the top of that list is the fact that in comparison to ceramic tiles, Porcea Stone outdoor porcelain tiles are less porous, more denser, and much more durable. This means that outdoor porcelain tiles are the best option you have for outdoor applications. 

Ceramic tiles may be recommended to use on walls and interior flooring but porcelain tiles, such as Porcea Ash Timber and Porcea Pearl are far more superior. This is especially true in areas that receive the heavy traffic, including a walkway, pool deck, or even a commercial plaza. Additionally, our products are highly resistant to scratches, chipping, as well as stains from acids, salts, moss, mildew, and more.

Here is a quick comparison between porcelain and ceramic tiles:

Porcelain Tiles by Porcea StoneCeramic Tiles by Generic Manufacturer
Made with refined white clay, feldspar, and sand .
Fired at high temperature
Made with white, brown, or red clay
Denser and harderLess dense and softer
Less than 0.1% water absorption rateMore than 3% water absorption rate
Resistant to freeze-thaw cyclesCan be prone to cracking during the cold months
Extremely durable and hard-wearingFar less durable in comparison to porcelain
Can be used in numerous applications, including
indoors, outdoors, commercial properties, heavy
foot traffic areas, and areas with extremely
high moisture
Applicable to use indoors and in low traffic areas

Difference In Construction: Porcelain Tiles vs. Ceramic Tiles

Porcea Seashell - Outdoor Porcelain Tiles
Porcea Seashell

Porcelain and ceramic tiles are both made of clay that is molded into thin sheets that are dried in a kiln afterward. But the difference here lies in their composition and how they are manufactured. 

The clay used in making Porcea Stone outdoor porcelain tiles is finer and more refined. Once formed, the porcelain clay is then pressed harder into shape, making the material heavier and denser in comparison to the ceramic type. Moreover, outdoor porcelain tiles are fired under extreme temperatures which causes their stronger and harder characteristics. Likewise, this process makes the material more resistant to scratching. Porcea Stone’s Elite Collection is frequently complimented by high-end designers and landscape architects as being the best outdoor porcelain tiles available in Ontario, Quebec, and the rest of Canada.

Furthermore, porcelain tiles can be either glazed or unglazed. Full-bodied or unglazed porcelain pavers, such as Porcea Seashell and Porcea Ivory have higher impact, slip, and abrasion resistance. They are also long-lasting than glazed porcelain tiles. Hence, unglazed porcelain is an excellent choice for commercial projects and areas that receive heavy foot and vehicular traffic.

On the other hand, ceramic tiles are more porous and less dense. They are also available as glazed or unglazed. Glazed ceramic tiles increase their shine and serve as the material’s protection as well. Meanwhile, unglazed ceramic tiles have a more natural and rougher feel to them, making them less stain and water-resistant.

6 Reasons To Choose Outdoor Porcelain Tiles Over Ceramic Tiles or Natural Stone

Porcea Stone - Porcea Aura White -2
Porcea Aura White

Outdoor porcelain tiles present many benefits. Here are the top reasons why you should consider Porcea Stone porcelain pavers on your next project:

Low water absorption

The low water absorption rate of porcelain tiles provides tremendous structural strength. Also, this makes the landscape material suitable for both exterior and interior applications and all climates. On the other hand, ceramic tiles will not work well when used outdoors since the material often has a water absorption rate of more than 3%, while some natural stones absorb even more than that.


Our entire range of landscaping porcelain has been time and weather-tested. This makes them one of the toughest porcelain pavers you can find on the market today. These materials are not only solid but dense, tough, and can resist impact and force. On the MOHS hardness rating, Porcea Stone outdoor porcelain pavers perform equivalent to granite with a hardness range of 6 to 8 MOHS.

Highly stain-resistant

Another notable advantage of Porcea Stone outdoor porcelain tiles is that it is highly resilient to staining. It can repel liquid penetration and mildew, salts, moss, and other staining agents will not be able to seep through the tile. This means a light rainfall or gentle all-purpose cleaning solution can easily remove any markings from the surface.

Longer lifespan

When installed properly, the last thing you need to worry about is your porcelain tile pool deck or patio getting worn out. Even if you’ll install it in an area of your home with high traffic, they will last for decades. That means you also don’t have to worry about costly repairs or replacement.


As previously mentioned, outdoor porcelain pavers by Porcea Stone are extremely durable and resistant to cracking. Although accidents can happen and your tile can still get damaged, you can easily remove and replace it. Generally, it’s a good idea to keep a few extra boxes of your chosen Porcea Stone paver in the garage or the basement, to aid with repairs in the future. This will ensure a perfect colour match and avoid any batch variations or challenges in case the specific colour or size is discontinued.

Low Maintenance

Outdoor porcelain tiles require minimal maintenance since they are stain-resistant and have low water absorption. This means you can use a light colour such as Porcea Amalfi or Porcea Aura White, which are outdoor porcelain tiles that work really well with Indiana Limestone masonry or Algonquin Limestone copings. You can clean spills easily using a mop or damp rag. Meanwhile, regular sweeping, along with periodic pressure washing is all you need to keep debris and dust at bay. It is also advisable to periodically scrub your outdoor porcelain pavers using a broom to get rid of any scuffs or markings.