Exploring Ceramic and Porcelain tile

Tile Installation with Holten Impex Architecture Tile Toronto Ontario Canada

Welcome to TileTalk Podcast Episode 1 with Shamanna Kelamangalam. This podcast is for all those interested in knowing more about ceramic and porcelain tiles, their differences, applications, features, advantages, benefits, installations and maintenance. 

Broadly speaking the Tiles in construction would comprise of glass tile, quarry tile, mosaic tile, granite tile etc. But I will restrict this podcast to explore and understand ceramic and porcelain tiles their origin, their differences, applications and a brief production process. Though porcelain and ceramic are different, the word ceramic is used broadly to include both.


Options are plenty when it comes to choosing a floor or wall covering for a commercial or residential application depending on different demands that needs to be addressed. Options include: 

  • Polished concrete
  • Linoleum 
  • Vinyl tile
  • Luxury vinyl tile
  • Carpet
  • Hard wood
  • Natural stone
  • Ceramics 
  • Porcelain 
  • Paint.

The market today for floor finishing Globally is close to $ 362 billion. Which includes the soft flooring, i.e. carpet, rubber flooring, vinyl and hard surface flooring, which is Ceramic, natural stone and hardwood. Of this the market for Ceramics is around 130 billion and growing. One must wonder as to what makes ceramic a preferred choice by architects/ designers and end users. That’s exactly what this podcast is all about!

Table of contents:

  1. Why Ceramic Tile?
  2. What is a Ceramic Tile?
  3. Types of Ceramic Tile
  4. Porcelain Tile Functionality
  5. What’s the Difference Between Ceramic and Porcelain Tile?
  6. What are the Types of Porcelain Tile?

Listen to the podcast below or on PodBean.

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