Porcelain Tile / August 25, 2018 / Brousseau.
Drilling Large Diameter Holes (13mm or Larger). In order to cut holes that are 13mm or larger in diameter it is necessary to first drill a pilot hole. The pilot hole will act as a locater for a large diamond core and will help you to drill a perfect hole in porcelain tile. Attach an 8mm carbide drill bit or 8mm diamond bit to your drill. Follow the instructions given above for either Drilling Small Diameter Holes (10mm or Smaller) with Diamond Cores or Drilling Small Diameter Holes (10mm or Smaller) with Carbide Bits depending on whether you are using diamond cores or carbide drill bits. Leave out the final step in either case as you wont be drilling a fixing hole behind the tile.
The Armeg PTC Carbide drill bit range comprises of excellent porcelain tile drill bits that are capable of cutting 15-25 holes in grade 5 porcelain or 50+ in lesser grades of porcelain. These carbide drill bits boast non-slip start-up thanks to diamond-ground tip geometry. The Armeg PTC Soft Tile drill bit range is ideal for drilling softer tiles such as ceramics and travertine. They feature point-ground tips to help reduce slippage and wander. Armeg Tile Drilling Accessories for use with Armeg PTC drill bits include: water feed pump kit water feed adapters water feed clamp & drive/piloting guides to ensure non-slip start-up with small diameter diamond cores.
The hardness of porcelain tiles is an advantage for more reasons than appearance. This quality makes these tiles far more scratch resistant than ceramic tiles. When tiles get scratched up you have to go to a lot of expense and trouble to get them polished out and sometimes even that isnt possible. Porcelain tiles are also more resistant to chipping. This hardy nature also makes them less slippery than ceramic tiles which makes them a better choice for safety reasons as well.
When the shipment arrives they can look vastly different from the ones that were originally ordered. Often the colors and textures can look different from the sample. Other times there may be surface scratches or other imperfections that make them look ugly. Once the shipment arrives at your door it can be extremely difficult to return them and ship them back. Other times the quality control issues are not noticed until the tiles are installed and then the manufacturer will never accept returns on already installed tiles no mater what types of problems they have.