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Cutting tiles in natural stone

02.2021

We’ve spoken often about the importance of attention to detail when it comes to tile laying, especially when working with marble or other natural stones. We’ve talked about why a dry lay is such a critical step to ensure a pleasing aesthetic and avoid unsightly colour, veining or pattern effects and we’ve looked at how to create an optimal laying surface that is clean, dry and perfectly smooth and flush.

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There is another key aspect to consider in the tiling process, and that is cutting.

When tiling walls, it’s common to have to cut some of the tiles because the maths simply don’t work out in nice easy whole numbers where the width or height of the surface divides perfectly by the dimensions of the tiles.

To create the cut, you should use either a dry angle grinder or wet circular saw, although we would recommend the latter because the water keeps the blade (which should, as we have previously explained, be of the diamond variety) cool, thus avoiding damage to either itself or the stone.

Make sure you choose a suitable surface to work on, and it goes without saying that this should be clean and dry.

Any cutting should be done before the tile is laid so as to avoid the risk of damaging other tiles. If the cut is not made correctly, the tile may crack, break or chip.