The difference between floor and wall tiles.

Surfaces that are particularly prone to dirt and moisture are tiled by many. However, different types of this material are used for floors and walls. What is the difference between floor tiles and wall tiles and why can not they be used instead of one another? Let's try to find out.

General information

they make out an apron in the kitchen or the floor in the hallway for a reason. After all, such a coating is easy to clean, does not get wet and is pleasant to look at. In addition, tiles usually last a long time and can be quite affordable.

Such material looks like a set of plates of the same size, monochromatic or with a certain pattern. Sometimes whole ornaments are made from tiled elements. Of all the tile making techniques, pressing is the most common. Ceramic tiles, its kind of porcelain stoneware, as well as stone tiles are produced.


Tiles intended for flooring are subject to heavy loads. They walk on it, put furniture on it, something spills on the floor too. In this regard, the requirements for this type of product are increased. The difference between floor tiles and wall tiles is, for example, in the degree of strength and durability. According to these characteristics, the floor material meets a higher class.

Floor tiles should not be too smooth. This is especially true for the bathroom. Water reduces the coefficient of friction, so trying to walk on a glossy surface immediately after taking a bath can result in serious injury. To ensure safety, the top layer of floor tiles is made matte or embossed.

The floor can be finished with smooth tiles if the tiles are very small. Then the roughness of the surface will be given by the lines of the solidified solution. As far as wall tiles are concerned, the slip factor is absolutely irrelevant here, and the top can be either glossy or matte.

To prevent the appearance of chips on the floor tiles from contact with falling solid objects, its enamel coating is made thicker. In general, it is more massive and heavy and therefore not suitable for wall decoration. At the same time, a less thick and durable wall tile on the floor would crack under stress.

What is the difference between floor and wall tiles yet? The fact that wall tiles are less dense in structure. It cuts well and is relatively easy to fit when facing problem areas, while a high-quality floor covering often requires a special tile cutter.


Floor tiles Wall tiles
Stronger and more wear-resistantLess durable and wear-resistant
Rough or embossed; if smooth, then fineOften smooth at normal size
Very denseEasier to cut