Porcelain Tile / May 15, 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.
Simply start the drill in a vertical position and the sticky pad will ensure that the drill does not slip. Once you have finished drilling the tile simply peel off the sticky drive pad. Because the majority of small diameter holes will be cut into tiles already fixed to the wall it will be necessary to drill a fixing hole behind the tile. Replace the diamond core with the appropriately sized masonry drill bit and set the drill to hammer mode. Use a slow speed for drilling into hard materials to ensure that the tip doesnt overheat. Ensure that the drill bit is frequently withdrawn in order to stop a build up of dust.
These methods will not keep the drill bits cool enough and will drastically shorten the life of the drill bit. Ensure that the drill is in normal mode and set the drill to between 1000 and 1500 rpm. If you have marked the tile with a marker it is best to drill into the tile using a method called leaning in. Leaning in ensures that the drill will not slip and wander off center as you begin to drill into the tile.
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.