Drilling Holes in Tiles for Fittings & Fixtures
In many cases you might find you need to drill a hole into your tiles in order to install additional fittings within the room. To avoid cracking the tiles we recommend the following steps:
Drilling Small Holes
Smaller holes might be needed for fixings such as toilet roll holders and shower screens.
Ensure you have selected the correct drill bit, different tiles require different bits (e.g. for porcelain tiles you’ll need a diamond tipped bit).
Make sure your drill is not on hammer setting as this may crack the tile.
Mark the tile with a pencil or non-permanent marker where you need to drill it.
Place masking tape over the marker to stop the drill bit from slipping over the glazed top of the tile.
Place the drill bit onto the tile and slowly start to drill on the marker, hold steady so that the drill doesn’t slip.
Build up speed slowly, you should hear the drill break through the glaze, carry on all the way through the tile until you have your desired hole.
Remove masking tape.
Drilling Large Holes
A larger hole might be needed to fit radiators and other pipes. For this you’ll need to purchase a hole saw kit if you don’t already have one, the bits should fit your existing drill.
Place the correct sized bit onto your drill and start to slowly drill through. Keep the drill steady to avoid slipping on the tile’s surface.
Build up speed slowly, you should hear the drill break through the glaze of the tile, carry on until it’s all the way through.