Porcelain Tile / September 3, 2018 / Brousseau.
Porcelain tiles may be classified into natural glazed and polished tiles. The natural porcelain tile normally does not undergo any further finish after it is exposed to high temperature. This type of tile may be referred to as unglazed or through body tile where the colour goes all the way through. The glazed tile is coated with liquid glass that allows the manufacturer to put in a variety of designs and play around with colours. It comes out glossy and is one of the easiest to maintain. They are highly recommended as walls or accents in bathrooms and kitchen.
Identifying the Size of Hole to be Drilled. The first step is to correctly identify the size of hole to be drilled. This is very important as the diameter of the hole to be cut dictates the method that you will use to drill into the tile. The majority of holes that are 10mm and under in diameter will be drilled with the tile already fixed to the wall. Conversely the majority of holes over 10mm in diameter will be drilled into the tile before the tile has been fixed. When drilling holes that are 13mm or larger in diameter make sure that the tile to be drilled is placed in a tray that will collect the waste water that is produced.
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 carbide drill bit 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 Ensure that the drill bit is frequently withdrawn in order to stop a build up of dust.
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.