Nothing is more annoying than a broken tile when drilling a tile - we will show you which methods you can use to effectively prevent this!
Our experience shows that the most common reason for broken tiles is the wrong choice of drill bit. Often people are impatient and want to install the new component immediately by drilling a hole in the tile . However, we would like to ask you to wait until the delivery or purchase of the appropriate tile drill.
1. Important basics when drilling tiles
1.1 Why tiles can break
Tile is a popular material for floors and walls in kitchens, bathrooms and other spaces.
However, they are often made of delicate materials and can easily break when drilled.
Our tip: In order to avoid breakage, it is important to use the right drilling technique and the right tool.
1.2 Tile materials and their properties
There are different types of tiles that have different characteristics:
- Ceramic tiles are usually easier to work with than stoneware or fine stoneware.
- Natural stone tiles such as marble or granite, on the other hand, are often harder and more difficult to drill.
1.3 Choosing the right tool
2. Step-by-step instructions for drilling tiles
2.1 Preparation of the tile
Before you start drilling you have to clean the tile well . Also, make sure the tile is firmly attached to the wall or floor and isn't wobbling or coming loose.
2.2 Marking of the drilling site
Mark the spot where you want to drill with a marker or pencil. If necessary, use a level or square to ensure the mark is positioned correctly.
2.3 Drilling with a tile drill
A tile drill is the best guarantee to avoid breaking the tile. Place the drill on the mark and slowly start drilling. Be careful to use little pressure to avoid damaging the tile.
2.4 Drilling with a diamond drill
A diamond drill bit is ideal for drilling holes in harder tile materials such as porcelain stoneware or natural stone . Diamond drill bits have a special coating that makes drilling easier and minimizes the risk of tile breakage. Again, be careful not to apply too much pressure with this drill .
2.5 Post-processing of the borehole
After the hole is drilled, use a tile abrasive pad to remove any burrs or sharp edges. Not only does this prevent injury, but it also keeps the drill hole looking clean and good for mounting brackets or other objects.
3. Helpful tips and tricks when drilling tiles
3.1 Use of Adhesive Tape
To prevent the drill bit from slipping, you can put a piece of masking tape on the tile before you mark the drilling location. The adhesive tape gives the drill extra hold and protects the tile from scratches during the drilling process.
Drilling tiles creates a lot of heat, which can cause the drill bit to overheat or damage the tile.
To prevent this from happening, it is advisable to regularly hold the drill while drilling:
- to cool with water or
- to take breaks from drilling.
3.3 Start slowly and increase speed
The right speed
When you start drilling, you should use a low speed first to avoid slipping the bit or breaking the tile. Once the drill has penetrated the tile, you can gradually increase the speed.
control of the pressure
Make sure to use minimal pressure throughout the drilling process. Too much pressure can cause the tile to crack or damage the drill bit.
4. Conclusion and summary - With the right tool, you are almost guaranteed to be able to drill tiles without breaking
Drilling tiles without breaking is possible if you use the right technique, the right tool and some helpful tips and tricks.
Be sure to prepare the tile well, mark the drilling location carefully, and use the correct speed and pressure while drilling.
With a little practice and patience, you can drill clean and precise holes in tiles in no time without damaging them.
FAQ when drilling tiles without breaking
1. Can I use a regular drill bit to drill tile?
A regular drill bit is not ideal for drilling tile , as it can easily slip or damage the tile. Use special tile drills or diamond drills instead. In an emergency, you can try drilling the tiles with a masonry drill. However, there is an increased risk of fracture.
2. How can I prevent the drill bit from slipping when drilling tiles?
A piece of tape on the tile can help prevent the drill bit from slipping. You should also start with a low speed and only increase it once the drill has penetrated the tile.
3. Do I always have to use water for cooling when drilling tiles
While it is not essential to use water for cooling, it can help reduce heat build-up during drilling and reduce the risk of tile breakage or drill damage.
4. Can I drill all types of tiles?
In principle, all types of tiles can be drilled if the right tools and the right technique are used. Note, however, that some tile materials, such as natural stone, are harder and may require a special drill such as a diamond tile drill.