Drilling Holes in Tiles for Fittings & Fixtures

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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.

Step 1

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).

Step 2

Make sure your drill is not on hammer setting as this may crack the tile.

Step 3

Mark the tile with a pencil or non-permanent marker where you need to drill it.

Step 4

Place masking tape over the marker to stop the drill bit from slipping over the glazed top of the tile.

Step 5

Place the drill bit onto the tile and slowly start to drill on the marker, hold steady so that the drill doesn’t slip.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.