Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Work

A sample illustration of tile work by Henderson Home Improvement LLC located in Columbia, Missouri 6520

Henderson Home Improvement LLC is owned and operated solely by David Henderson.

 Ceramic or porcelain tile― which should a home owner choose?  While most home owners care more about tile aesthetics rather than composition, others will want to know the difference between ceramic and porcelain tile when making their decision.  

According to the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), porcelain tile is defined as a tile that has a water absorption of less than 0.5%.  Porcelain is a bit harder material and slightly more durable than ceramic, but both are appropriate for residential use. 

Usually porcelain tile is more expensive than ceramic tile.  However, my labor rate for tile installation is the same for both—it is not based on the price of the tile that my clients choose to install.  I price material costs and labor fees separately, and unlike some competitors, I do not add a surcharge to the tile price on top of the actual expenditure.

My labor rate for tile installation is based on a minimum job size and square footage (see estimates and labor rates).