Professionally drill porcelain stoneware tiles successfully


Drilling conventional ceramic tiles is difficult. But drilling porcelain stoneware tiles is so difficult that special tools should be used. Below you will find a guide with lots of useful information, tips and tricks for drilling porcelain stoneware tiles.

With a conventional stone drill you can not drill porcelain stoneware

Porcelain stoneware tiles are widely used. This high popularity is mainly due to the excellent properties of these special ceramic tiles. They barely absorb water (less than 0.5 percent), are exceptionally hard and therefore break-proof. The tiles are pressed under extreme pressure and then fired so hot that they are completely sintered through and just as hard.

Conventional stone drills are therefore not suitable for drilling holes in the porcelain stoneware tiles. Even specially sintered alloys, such as those known under the brand name "Widia" are useless. But the development of efficient tools is also progressing. So there is now drilling tool that you can also purchase as a home improvement on favorable terms.

Drilling porcelain stoneware tiles and tiles: dry or wet

In principle, you can use two different drilling methods when drilling tiles and slabs - wet and dry drilling. For wet drilling, you need to buy additional tools, for dry drilling you need a relatively new drill, which costs a bit more. Depending on the drill used, you can still drill up to 30 holes and more in porcelain stoneware.

Wet drilling of porcelain stoneware tiles

For the wet drilling of porcelain stoneware tiles you need additional tools. First, this would be a stand device with suction cups that you can use on walls. Use only high quality branded products. Many cheap tools of this type already have problems with the suction cups (they slip). In addition, you need a device for water cooling.

There are systems in which a pressure vessel is connected to the water pipe (faucet) and thus supplies the drill bit with cool water. However, if you seldom need the wet drilling aids, you can also use systems that draw their water from a sponge. Diamond drills are used as drills. Only by cooling do you achieve a long service life of the drills. Otherwise (without cooling), you may not even be able to drill the first hole.

Dry drilling of porcelain stoneware tiles

Dry drilling can be carried out with special and novel diamond milling machines. These routers are completely sintered and extremely hard, in addition they fit into any drill or cordless drill chuck. When used properly, high-quality diamond milling machines can drill more than 30 holes in porcelain stoneware tiles and slabs. For extremely high speeds (10,000 revolutions per minute) there are still electroplated vacuum drills or milling machines. However, they are rather limited in the frequency of use. Nevertheless, the downtime in relation to the acquisition costs quite enough, if you want to drill as your DIY porcelain stoneware tiles or tiles.

Tips & Tricks

To use porcelain stoneware laid on the floor without slipping, you can also use an old porcelain stoneware tile as a template. Drill the desired hole in the tile and then place it on the glued and drilled floor tile.

Remember in rental housing that you may drill holes in tiles, but they must remain quantitatively in the "normal" framework. "Normal" because there are several nationwide court judgments that have been defined as conventional and normal between a few and up to 50 drilled holes.

Drill porcelain stoneware at high speeds with diamond drills and routers. Never use the punch of the drill.

After laying porcelain stoneware tiles, wait until the tile adhesive has completely set. Only then does he have a good connection with the porcelain stoneware. Depending on the tile adhesive and individual circumstances on site, this can take several days to weeks. For information on the tile adhesive for porcelain stoneware, see [Laying porcelain stoneware tiles].


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