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7 Steps to Drill Through Ceramic Tile Without Breaking It

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The task of installing ceramic tiles continues beyond its successful completion. The design of your tiles may be exquisite, which is why you wouldn’t want to damage them. You need to figure out intelligent ways to drill the tile. Diamond drilling can potentially damage your hard work, but if you learn how to do it, you will end up with an excellent drilling job.

Before drilling the tile’s smooth surface, please read this blog to learn how to drill through ceramic tiles. It may sound like a pretty straightforward job, but the slightest mistake can ruin the tile.

CA Drillers, a leading provider of diamond drilling in Kent and London, has some tips for you to learn how to drill through the tile efficiently. However, these points will not guarantee that your tile will not break, but they will surely minimise the possibility of it.

Know Your Tile

Knowing the tiles is the first thing you must consider to drill through a tile. It is better to understand the characteristics of the tile you are trying to drill through as it will give you better clarity of the size of the task.

Generally, there are three types of tiles – ceramic, glass and porcelain. Compared to glass and porcelain, ceramic tile is the most common and easiest to drill through.

Use the Right Tools for Drilling

Please ensure that you have the right equipment you need for the drilling. I.e., a drill, a drill bit, a hammer, safety glasses and gloves. Selecting the correct drill bit is essential, as each drill bit is designed for a different purpose.

The T-handle attachment will allow you to press down all the weight, which will give you stability and ensure the drill bit does not break from being pushed above as you drill. You can also pour a drop of oil onto the tip of the drill bit when you start drilling, and it will help you prevent the bit from cracking through the other side of the tile.

Irrespective of the material you are drilling, never use a worn-out drill bit for ceramic tiles; it will damage the surface of your tile, and you will not achieve the desired result. Also, regular drill bits will not be helpful to drill through ceramic tiles as they are not strong enough to penetrate the tile’s surface. Choose diamond-tipped drill bits or carbide-tipped masonry drill bits for drilling through ceramic tiles, as they will not burn out as quickly as the masonry drill bits.

If you need the tools to drill into your ceramic tile, diamond drilling Kent can provide you with a complete drilling service to tackle this task smoothly.

Measure the Tile and Mark the Drilling Points

If you have drilled a tile earlier, you will probably know that the drill bits slip around on its surface, making it difficult to hold them in place. One wrong movement and the tile will crack.

Create tension and consider using masking tape over the area where you are planning to drill the hole; Measure that zone, mark it with an X and place the masking tape to ensure you did not misplace the spot. It will give you sufficient surface traction to grip the drill when the drilling starts.

If there is more than one hole to drill, then you can create a template with a plank of wood to avoid the repetition of the process. Cut a hole through wood, place it over a drill hole, and hold it firmly.

Start Drilling

Now that everything is in place turn on your drill bit at a low speed. Please keep it on top of the marked areas and start drilling. You must maintain consistency in speed throughout to keep the tile intact. Beginning at a fast pace will cause cracks and chips in the tile. Once the hole is drilled thoroughly, please turn off the drill and remove the masking tapes from around it before moving to the next step.

Keep the Drill Bit Cool

Keeping the drill bit cool during the drilling process; prevents overheating and damage. Use a small wet sponge or cloth to cool down the drill bit and stop it from overheating. Drill bits only work if you allow them to cool down periodically.

If you are alone and cannot hold the drill bit in one hand, you take a break from time to time and spray water on it. However, you must be careful not to expose the motorised section of the drill to water.

Swap the Drill Bit When You Hit the Wall

You have almost reached the final stage of drilling. Once you have drilled through the tile and got the wall surface, most of the work is done.

Suppose you’ve cut through the tile and hit the wall surface without creating any damage. You can relax now. You’re almost there; all you need to do now is to swap the drill bit with a multi-material drill bit before you begin to drill through a wall or brick. Changing the drill bit will ensure that you do not damage the tile drill bit, and not changing it will make the drilling of further holes more complex and affect the drill bit’s lifespan. Also, please remember not to drill the tile with a multi-material drill bit, as it will damage the tiles.

Continue to drill through the multi-material drill, and then clear the material behind the tile to insert the plug easily into the holes. It will also give you an aesthetically pleasing outcome.

Repeat this process for the other holes if you need to drill several holes. Drill a shallow hole in each drilling point and dig deeper into each hole.

Clean and Assemble Your Tools

Once you have finished the entire process, clean the tile surface, remove the masking tape and wipe away the dust on the tile using a wet cloth. You can then insert the plug into the hole or attach relevant accessories.

Conclusion

If you follow the above steps by CA Drillers, you are on your way to successfully finishing ceramic tile drilling. However, there are other things to remember: make sure you have diamond drilling Kent on board for your drilling requirements. Our professionals believe that patience is the greatest virtue while drilling the tile, and they perform the task with utmost precision. They always recommend the proper diamond drilling technique for your project.

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