Porcelain Tile / September 14, 2018 / Brousseau
Recommended Equipment for Drilling Porcelain Tile. High quality diamond core drill bits. Carbide pilot drill bit - only required if youre drilling large diameter holes (13mm or larger) and dont have a suitable-sized (8mm) diamond drill bit. Masonry drill bits - included with quality tile drill bits. Water cooling equipment. Electric drill Clear safety glasses / goggles.
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 Ensure that the drill bit is frequently withdrawn in order to stop a build up of dust.
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.