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How to cut 20 mm porcelain stoneware tiles?

For your terrace on pedestals, you have chosen a pretty, practical and low-maintenance coating, namely porcelain stoneware. Excellent choice ! Indeed, porcelain stoneware is an ideal outdoor tile for covering a terrace on pedestals. Robust, self-supporting and non-slip, porcelain stoneware pavings also offer a wide choice in terms of decorative effect. Of course, like any other outdoor tile, porcelain stoneware can be cut to best fit your project. How to cut a porcelain stoneware paving? Are there any precautions to take? Is it simple? So many questions and we'll answer these.

Why cut porcelain stoneware pavings?

When it comes to terraces, cutouts are mandatory and terraces on pedestals are no exception to the rule. The reasons for cutting can be many and varied:

  • The dimensions of your terrace and your pavings force you to do so
  • To carry out the side dressing of your terrace on pedestals
  • To realize the location of your waterproof floor socket for example.

Do not panic, however, you will be able to cut your porcelain stoneware tiles easily, provided you follow a few recommendations.

Cutting porcelain stoneware pavings: the right tools

To cut your porcelain stoneware tile, get a grinder and use professional diamond blades suitable for cutting porcelain stoneware tiles. Above all, do not forget to revive the diamond blade with the appropriate stone, increasing the frequency according to the hardness of the material to be cut. This solution is ideal for linear cuts. Note, always take care to make your cuts on a rigid and stable workbench, to absorb the vibrations induced by the cutting tools.

However, for better precision and quality of the cut edge, we recommend the use of professional tile cutters with water-cooled diamond discs.

homme coupant une dalle grès cérame avec disque diamanté

Cutting porcelain stoneware pavings: the art and the way

Correctly cutting a 20 mm porcelain stoneware tile requires some precautions.

  • Place the tile on a solid, rigid and stable surface
  • Then draw your cutting line(s)
  • Make a gradual and even incision without exerting excessive pressure If necessary, repeat the cut a second time to ensure continuity and uniformity of the cut along the cutting line.

Note, be sure to apply partial pressure along the cut line and then complete with strong pressure on the edge of the tile. Finally, we recommend that you control the progress speed of the diamond blade according to the hardness of the material. Indeed, excessive speed can damage the machine, deform the diamond blade and break the paving.

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