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How to drill tiles: step-by-step guide

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Drilling tiles is tricky, but sometimes you have to do it. For example, if a mirror is to be installed in the bathroom, then it is necessary to drill into the tiles. We explain exactly how to drill tiles in our step-by-step guide.

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1. Preparation is everything

If you want to drill holes in tiles, it’s not that easy. It can happen quickly that the drill slips on the wall or the tile jumps. So that this does not happen to you, the right preparation is the be-all and end-all.

  • Check in advance with a meter whether there are water or power lines behind the site to be drilled.
  • Mark the area to be drilled with transparent tape.

It is best to always position items so that you can drill in the joints between the tiles. Here the holes are not so noticeable later and can be closed again if necessary.

2. Use the right drill for tiles

To prevent the tiles from jumping, the choice of the right drill is also crucial. To do this, you need to know the hardness of your tiles. This indicates the degree to which the ceramic glaze can withstand different stresses of a tile. It is divided into a hardness between 1 (very soft) and 10 (very hard).

When drilling products with hardness of 1-5, use a tile drill or glass drill. For harder tiles, natural stone tiles (hardness 8), choose a diamond drill. You can get a diamond drill for porcelain stoneware for a small amount of money in the DIY store or on the net.

3. Drill carefully and slowly through the tiles

So now reach for your drill for the tiles and choose a slow speed. Always hold the drill perenniqued to the tile. This is the only way to prevent nothing from bursting at the top layer of the tile.

If you are through the tile, change the drill. These special drills for tiles are only intended for drilling through the tile. Once you are through the tile, you should switch to a normal stone drill for the wall. However, be sure to turn off the stroke function in advance. Otherwise, you could damage the tile.

4. Special case of rental apartment: Is drilling allowed in tiles?

If you live in a rental apartment, you should clarify in advance with the landlord whether drilling in tiles is allowed at all. Some landlords ban it completely, others insist on drilling only in the joints, as the holes can be closed more easily afterwards.

If you drill into the tiles contrary to your landlord’s instructions, you will have to reckon with the fact that you will have to repair the damage yourself or that it will be deducted from the deposit. The same applies if drilling is allowed, but you damage a tile. Therefore, be sure to stick to our tips for drilling in tiles to avoid accidents.

Alternatively, there are now also a variety of reliable adhesive solutions for the bathroom and kitchen that replace drilling.

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