Porcelain vs. Granite Tiles in the Philippines: A Discussion on Practicality

October 29, 2018

When it comes to designing your home, tiles will almost always be a necessity. Not just for the flooring, but also for your walls, your kitchen countertops, and maybe even for some outdoor applications. With that being said, there are a handful of popular tile options to choose from.

In the Philippines, granite tiles and porcelain tiles are among the top choices that household and establishment owners choose from, particularly for their bathroom tiles. After all, the Filipino people have a knack for mixing up practicality and design.

With that being said, the two aforementioned tiles have their unique selling points which will be discussed one by one in this article. In the end, we shall decide which one is the better option for you.

Simple and Earthy Designs

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Simple and Earthy Designs

When it comes to practicality, design is probably the last thing on your mind. However, it is important to note that it is still a factor when choosing between porcelain or granite tiles. Just imagine installing a tile on your property and then realizing it doesn’t go with your interior. It would be a complete waste of time and money to change them because you will end up doing the entire process all over again—which isn’t very practical at all!

The best way to go about this is to choose a design that will fit most interiors. Warm brown tiles are sure to solve your problems, allowing you to spend more time considering other factors.

But if you have some time and thoughts to spare, designs utilizing earthy tones would also work in most rooms. When it comes to this, you’ll be happy to know that both granite and porcelain tiles can achieve the same earthy-toned quality.If you want to see some reference, you can refer to this [60×60] SM-06 & SH-05 from FC Floor Center for reference:

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Overall Durability and Physical Resistances

If you plan on installing tiles in your home, one of the many reasons for you to do so is to keep the place relatively sturdy—keep your floors, walls, and kitchen free from any signs of wear and tear. Granite and porcelain tiles are known for their great durability. They both boast an incredibly high hardness index. Granite is one of the hardest natural substances found on earth, second only to diamonds, and porcelain tiles can also reach this hardness with all of the procedures that it undertakes.

Both of them are incredibly scratch and dent resistant but in this aspect, because of the many processes that porcelain tiles experience, they are slightly more resistant than those of natural stone tiles.

Maintenance and Moisture Resistance

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Maintenance and Moisture Resistance

Although these tiles are quite durable and are resistant to a lot of physical strains, moisture remains to be a huge problem. That being said, being moisture resistant is important for both kitchen tiles and bathroom tiles. In the Philippines, porcelain tiles are the recommended tiles for both areas, with granite tiles having a slightly lower recommendation rate below it.

Porcelain tiles are virtually maintenance free. They are also known for being impervious to water, making I perfect for bathrooms and kitchens. You won’t have to worry about stains sticking, water degrading the designs, or slippery surfaces. Porcelain tiles are designed to prevent every one of these from happening!

Granite tiles, on the other hand, can also last for a long time—as long as it’s properly maintained and cared for. These tiles require periodical sealing, especially if it’s placed in relatively moist areas. With that being said, as long as they are kept clean and dry, they can last for a lifetime.


Key Takeaway

In the Philippines, granite tiles are well-liked for their natural designs and incredibly durable structure. However, porcelain tiles prove to be the more versatile between the two. It beats out granite tiles in durability, longevity, resistances, and maintenance. But of course, when it comes to designs, the uniqueness of granite tiles reigns supreme.

In the end, it depends on your personal preferences. If you want to keep a tight budget, porcelain tiles are the way to go. But if you value design over anything else and if you don’t mind spending some spare cash, then granite tiles are your best option. Whatever it is you choose, know the FC Floor Center has all these tiles ready for you. You can visit this page to check out our product catalog.