The Pros and Cons of Porcelain Tile

This all-purpose tile is durable, reasonably priced and comes in a wide array of colors and textures.
By: Karin Beuerlein
Similar Topics:
Pros & Cons of Porcelain Tile

Pros & Cons of Porcelain Tile

Actually a subtype of ceramic tile, porcelain is "the most popular tile going now," says Daniel Dixon, a California-based tile construction expert. But don't be too quick to jump on the bandwagon.

Porcelain bears a perception of high quality, but for residential applications, its particular toughness is unnecessary. "Porcelain is designed for, say, airports," says Dave Gobis, executive director of the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation. "Plain ceramic tile is all you need for residential uses. However, the manufacturing process of porcelain provides unlimited design potential, making it popular in the residential market."

The problem is that do-it-yourselfers typically install it with setting material designed for ordinary ceramic tiles, but porcelain's low porosity means it requires a special compound for setting. "Don't ask the salesperson how to install it," Gobis cautions. "Ask the manufacturer."

Install Yourself? Yes
Best Uses: All-purpose; also commercial installations
Pros: Toughness, variety of design
Cons: Requires modified setting material to anchor it to substrate
Price Range: $3–$6

Next Up

The Pros and Cons of Glass Tile

This popular tile can be picky about where it's installed, but in the right location it's a real show stopper.

The Pros and Cons of Granite Tile

Learn more about this perennial favorite for countertops and backsplashes.

The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Tile

Thanks to new embossing techniques, this affordable, durable flooring classic can masquerade as tile and hardwood.

The Pros and Cons of Marble Tile

Best for floors, this colorful stone gives rooms a luxe look.

The Pros and Cons of Slate Tile

Slate can be used for floors and roofs and gives your home an aura of prestige.

The Pros and Cons of Concrete Tile

This outdoor staple has become an indoor favorite, especially for floors and countertops.

The Pros and Cons of Ceramic Tile

Respected for its durability, ceramic tile comes in a variety of colors and is available at a reasonable price.

The Pros and Cons of Terrazzo Tile

Terrazzo tile is long-lasting and comes in fun colors—just don't slip.

Installing Tile, Vinyl vs. Aluminum Siding

Learn how to properly install ceramic tile and to choose between vinyl and aluminum siding.

Floor Tiles 101

Learn about seven popular varieties, and find the right fit for your flooring needs.

On TV

Renovation Raiders

6:30am | 5:30c

House Hunters

7:30am | 6:30c

House Hunters

8:30am | 7:30c

House Hunters

9:30am | 8:30c

House Hunters

10am | 9c

House Hunters

10:30am | 9:30c

House Hunters

11am | 10c

House Hunters

11:30am | 10:30c

House Hunters

12pm | 11c

Fixer Upper

1pm | 12c

Fixer Upper

2pm | 1c

Fixer Upper

3pm | 2c

Fixer Upper

4pm | 3c

Fixer Upper

5pm | 4c

Fixer Upper

6pm | 5c

Fixer Upper

7pm | 6c
Tonight
Tonight

Fixer Upper

8pm | 7c

Fixer Upper

9pm | 8c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

Fixer Upper

11pm | 10c

Fixer Upper

12am | 11c

House Hunters

1am | 12c

Fixer Upper

2am | 1c

Fixer Upper

3am | 2c

Stories We're Following

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.