How to Cut Porcelain Cladding

Porcelain cladding is an excellent choice for exterior cladding given its versatility, durability, and weather resistance. If you’re planning on doing the work yourself you may be wondering what the best way to cut porcelain tile is.

Because porcelain tile is very hard you will need a diamond blade wet saw to get the job done. Especially if you have more than a few tiles to cut, as you would when cutting tile for cladding. Wet saws are very precise and will give you a smooth, straight edge every time.

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How to Cut Porcelain Cladding

Porcelain cladding is an excellent choice for exterior cladding given its versatility, durability, and weather resistance. If you’re planning on doing the work yourself you may be wondering what the best way to cut porcelain tile is.

Because porcelain tile is very hard you will need a diamond blade wet saw to get the job done. Especially if you have more than a few tiles to cut, as you would when cutting tile for cladding. Wet saws are very precise and will give you a smooth, straight edge every time.

Cutting Porcelain Cladding Without Chipping It

While there is no fail-safe way to cut tile without chipping it, a wet saw with adjustable diamond blades is going to be your best bet. You can use a wet saw with a fixed blade, but that will be more challenging.
The water keeps the blade cool as it cuts through the tough porcelain material. This is a must to prevent heat damage to your tiles. Be sure to wear goggles or safety glasses to prevent getting clay and water in your eyes.

Positioning the tiles for cutting

Make sure your cutting lines are clear and water-resistant. Keep in mind that porcelain tile will chip less if the top of the tile is facing the blade (i.e. face-up if your blade is coming from the top, face-down if your blade is coming from the bottom).

Align your tile on the cutting table and set the saw’s protecting rip fence. Make sure the widest part of the tile is between the blade and the fence. This will help keep your hands as far from the blade as possible.
If you are not sure how to position the tile try different positions. Choose the position that supports most of the tile on the table and keeps your hands away from the blade.

Start the saw

Turn the saw on and observe to make sure the water system is working correctly (if you are using a model with a pump make sure the stream of water is flowing steadily over the blade). Give the saw 15-20 seconds to get up to speed.

Feed the tile into the saw

Holding the tile with both hands slowly feed it along the fence and into the blade. Keeping the pace very slow will keep your lines straighter and help prevent chipping the edges of your tile as you cut.

Continue to push very slowly letting the saw do the work and keeping your fingers well away from the blade. When the tile completely clears the blade turn the saw off and let it power down before removing the tile.

How to Cut a Small or Curved Section of Porcelain Cladding

Cutting a small section of tile to fit around an obstacle can be done by creating notches with the wet saw, or it can be done with a set of tile nippers.
Nipping off bits of tile leaves a rough edge, but you can rub the edge smoother with a special tool.

Mark the line you wish to cut and use a glass-cutting tool to score the line you’ve marked. This will help you get a cleaner edge. Nip off only small bits of tile at once and work your way in toward your marked and scored line.

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Where Can I Buy Porcelain Cladding And How Much Does It Cost?

The best place to buy porcelain cladding is right here at Dalply. We offer the best possible prices and can tailor any order to your exact specifications.

Fill out the form below with your details and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible to give you a free, no obligation quote. Or you can phone us right now on: 0131 564 0402.

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Where Can I Buy Porcelain Cladding And How Much Does It Cost?

The best place to buy porcelain cladding is right here at Dalply. We offer the best possible prices and can tailor any order to your exact specifications.

Fill out the form below with your details and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible to give you a free, no obligation quote. Or you can phone us right now on: 0131 564 0402.

Dalply 5 stars review
award winning cladding suppliers