Porcelain Tile / September 10, 2018 / Brousseau.
With porcelain being one of the most popular choices of tile material available and with the trend for porcelain tile set to continue tilers have had to adapt their working methods and tools to be able to cater for the demands of their clients. Until recently a large number of tile fixers have shied away from the installation and drilling of porcelain tiles due its perceived difficulty. However drilling holes in porcelain tile is not difficult! Using the correct methods and the best tools for the job it is possible to achieve perfect cuts in a matter of seconds.
Cheap porcelain tiles can be difficult to properly install. Cheap tiles may look nice on the surface but they may not be able to be cut cleanly with a tile saw and may chip on the edges. Also if the tiles are porous then it will be difficult to clean up the excess grout. Grout haze can become embedded in the tiles and make them look vastly different after they are installed compared to what they looked like before they were installed. Cheap tiles can have quality control issues. Many times people choose their sample tile and then order them.
Glazed porcelain can be found through many online retailers for varying costs. Here are a few different types of glazed porcelain that can be used in any area of the home. The Wood Grain Collection made by Takla offers your floors the hard wood appearance with the protection of glazed porcelain. These tiles have a water absorption rate of less than 0.05% and are first grade quality porcelain. The thickness of the average tile of this type is 3/8 inch and the finish is matter and slightly embossed to have the appearance of wood grain. The PEI rating for these tiles is 4 and they are considered a green building material.
It is not advisable to try and cool the drill bit by using an aspirator or drilling through a wet sponge these methods will not keep the drill bit cool enough and the drill bit will burn out. Set the electric drill to between 700 and 900 rpm. Make sure that the drill is in normal mode. Push the carbide drill bit gently into where you have marked the tile until you hear a cracking sound. Start drilling from a vertical position with sufficient pressure and dont stop until you hear a change in the tone of the drill. As soon as you hear the change in the tone begin to ease off.