3 Best Methods for Cutting Ceramic Tile
Ceramic tiles including the earthenware, stoneware or porcelain tiles are hardwearing materials which are why they are used for dado walls, rooftops, table tops and various other purposes. In cases where they are being used as construction materials, most of us will confront the need of cutting them at some point in time. To make the procedure of cutting ceramic tile easy, three different tools and techniques are recommended the most. However, one should keep in mind that cement, stone, terracotta and a certain type of porcelain tiles should only be processed using a wet saw.
- Manual Snap Cutter
- Tile Nipper
- Wet Tile Saw
How to Cut a ceramic tile with Manual Snap Cutter
If you want to make a perfectly straight cut, the manual snap cutter is what you’re looking for. Handy as it is, it is a worthy investment as it only ranges around $200 (decent quality) and is available on any home improvement online portal or shop.
- To use the snap cutter, initially, you have to prepare the tile and mark the line. After marking the line, place the tile firmly against the front guide, lift it and depress to score a straight line.
- After scoring, depress the handle in order to snap the tile in two pieces. If you’re cutting ceramic tile (more than one), clamp the fence into the same position as the first cut and place the tiles succeedingly.
- However, you should brush the debris away after you’re done with the cutting procedure.
Cutting Ceramic tile with Tile Nipper
But most of the times we want to make irregular cuts across the edges rather than the straight cuts. In such cases, using an efficient tile nipper is beneficial as the snap cutters can’t make the irregular cuts. Also, know as the nibbling tool, it can be used to make a half inch or an entire inch distant cuts from the edge by making the scoring lines. This tool is also used to make notches or tiny cutout. The best part about the nippers is that they are relatively chip ranging from $10-$25 based on their quality. However, the drawback of a tile nipper is that the cuts that are made using it are not clean, unlike the rest two tools.
- To make a cut using the tile nipper, initially use a snap cutter for scoring the lines.
- After scoring, nibble the tile chips one by one slowly from the tile area that is to be removed.
- Removing larger bits will shatter the entire tile and therefore, patience is what you require while nibbling the tile away.
How to Cut a ceramic tile using a Wet Saw:
The precision of tile cuts are made using the wet saw, but one has to be experienced to use the wet saw. Wet saws are largely available in different models, different sizes both for renting and owning. Therefore, find a prominent home improvement center or portal to purchase a budget priced wet saw which can be available for around $60. In case if you are looking for a wet saw that can handle the bulk job, get a professional one which costs around $500.
The tile saws come with pumps which squirt water on constant basis onto a sharp diamond blade. Inexpensive saws do not have any pumps but have the ability to keep the made submerged. It’s a mandatory to have a splash guard for the wet saw if you want to use it in the indoor environment with the help of scattered spray. However, using it outdoors is recommended because of the dust and splatter it delivers. In case if you want to make curvaceous cuts, employ a radial arm wet saw.
- To cut a tile with a wet saw, initially set it on a smooth surface. If the saw comes with a pump, put the pump in a pan and fill the pan with water.
- Test it and make sure it’s functional before proceeding to cut in a way that it supplies water stream to the diamond blade.
- If your saw doesn’t have a pump, fill the pan to a certain level such that the blade stays submerged in water and keep filling the water after every 20 cuts.
- Now, take a marker and mark the tile on the surface in the shape you want to make a cut.
- To make straight lines, place the tile on the tray pulled away from the diamond blade. Turn on the saw, hold the tile rigidly against the tray, slide it and let the blade cut the tile.
- To make angle cuts, switch to the protractor like mode and cut notches by making small and parallel cuts that are around 1/4 inch distant. Take a tile nipper and finish the work by nibbling the chips away.
Using any of the above three methods, you can succeed in cutting ceramic tile without any obstacles. Based on your requirements, budget and also the type of cut you want to make, use a suitable tool and make a ceramic tile cut. If you have any doubts regarding the usage of any tool, approach in the comment section for further guidance.