Porcelain paving is becoming more and more popular as an alternative to natural stone and concrete slabs because of its increased strength, consistent shape and ability to withstand the British weather. In the last decade or so, the scope for paving yards and patios has expanded far beyond grey concrete.
Aside from the unseen qualities of strength and durability, porcelain paving is notable for its colour capabilities. For those who want a contemporary look, they can pretty much choose any conceivable colour.
Easily Cut Porcelain Tiles
Natural stone is a lot more porous than the smooth, glazed finish of porcelain, so the colour will also change during wet conditions.
Although we know porcelain to be fragile in many forms such as crockery and vases, the surface of a porcelain tile isn’t particularly easy to break. One method is to score the tile using a manual cutter. This is the cheapest way to cut porcelain and ceramic tiles, but it is open to error. It is easy to waste tiles if the accuracy isn’t spot on, also the cut line won’t be perfectly smooth.
The quickest, easiest and most professional results can be obtained using a tile saw, also known as a rail saw. The robust metal frame and cutting head guide ensures optimum conditions for a perfect cut. For professional pavers and tilers, a rail saw is the best option because it allows more time doing the job rather than doing just one aspect of tiling.
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are cut with continuous rim diamond blades. This is because any segments in the rim of the blade would cause an extra impact that risks cracking the tile. Norton Clipper’s Ceram range is ideally suited to cutting porcelain using a rail saw such as the TR201. The Classic, Pro and Extreme Ceram blades are suitable for wet and dry cutting, but we recommend wet cutting to preserve the life of the blade.