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Old 03-16-2007, 07:18 AM   #1
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Ceramic vs. Porcelain

I tried to find my previous thread to ask this queston but was unsuccessful. I have installed a Kerdi shower and are at the stage of laying the floor tile. I seem to get so many conflicting reports from local tile Dist. as to what is best to use. I have already purchased the wall tile which is porcelain, but the floor tile (2"x2" mosaic) that I like is ceramic. The so called experts from my area say not to use any thing but porcelain in a shower because the ceramic over time will turn to mush. this seems a little odd to me, the tile in question is American Olean (in 12" sheets) not sure if it is unglazed or Glazed. anyone have any suggestions?

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Old 03-16-2007, 07:31 AM   #2
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Your ceramic, as long as it is rated for floors will be fine. It won't turn to mush anymore than your windows do on your outside walls.

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Old 03-16-2007, 07:43 AM   #3
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Porcelain is "ceramic".... just fired hotter, longer so it's harder.
"Glazed" is a surface coating, color and/or design.
I would suspect one could throw snowballs in hell before that American Olean ceramic turns to mush.

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Old 03-16-2007, 07:53 AM   #4
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Thanks guys for the quick reply. Headed to lowes now to pick it up and get started.
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