In most contexts, there is little need to maintain a difference between Heyting algebras whose carriers are preorders vs. those whose carriers are strictly posets; indeed, in most contexts, there is no need to consider such a distinction to even be meaningful, the only relevant notion of equality being that derived from the preorder structure. See principle of equivalence.

However, in contexts where there is a separately provided relevant notion of equality on the carrier which is potentially finer-grained than that provided by the preorder structure alone (i.e., in situations where a Heyting algebra carries further structure $x = y$ not necessarily provided simply by $x \leq y \wedge y \leq x$), then it may be worthwhile to track such differences.

One can take the quotient under bi-entailment to get a poset and a Heyting algebra, or (as discussed above) one can say that bi-entailment is the only relevant notion of equality so that the preorder is really already a poset. But if one wants to simultaneously talk about the syntactic equality of terms, then there will be unequal terms that entail each other, and so one has only a Heyting prealgebra.