"You bite on granite ". This phrase is not for nothing, because granite is the hardest of all natural stones that are used in and around the house. This is accompanied by the problem that granite has to be made to measure again and again. This of course also applies to granite tiles. Here you can find out how you can optimally cut granite tiles.
Do not use a conventional tile cutter to cut granite tiles
Block granite that is to be built into a house is best cut to size in advance by the supplier or stone mason. But that doesn't work with granite tiles, as you usually don't even know which tiles have to be cut to suit the room dimensions. Under no circumstances should you try to cut granite tiles with a conventional tile cutter (63.99 € on Amazon *). The result is absolutely not professional and not usable.
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Angle grinder or wet cutting saw
It works best with an angle grinder (€ 49.99 at Amazon *) and a diamond cutting disc or a wet cutting device, also with a diamond saw blade. Even if the last-mentioned wet cutting saw looks very professional - you won't achieve really perfect edges like the Steinmetz here either. However, it is so good that you can lay the tiles with these edges visible. Provided, of course, that the quality of the wet cutter is right.
Cutting granite tiles with the angle grinder
The biggest problem with an angle grinder is perfect straight cutting. Even with a metal strip, it should still be quite difficult, and the granite can tear off the edge in small splinters. However, the quality is so far sufficient that you can set the cutting edge of granite tiles to the outside so that an end plinth covers it. For cuts that are later visible on the surface, you should rather use a wet cutter. In addition, do not cut the tiles completely - otherwise even a diamond disc will be worn out after a few granite tiles. Rather, you cut a piece and break this edge with a hammer.
Cutting granite tiles with the wet cutting saw
Although the wet cutting machine looks better around classes, but basically works according to the same principle, namely with a diamond saw blade. However, this is additionally cooled by water and you can often customize the speed. In addition there is an exact lead. In this quality, cut granite tiles can often be relocated visible on the cutting edge. But even here you do not expect the same quality as you can provide the tile maker or stonemason. The Steinmetz also uses a completely different technique. He cuts granite with the diamond bean band.Tips & Tricks Do you want to cut a granite worktop or a granite window board next to granite tiles, you can also use the angle grinder or wet cutting saw. However, then cut on both sides, so top and bottom,. Cut in about one centimeter for panels that are 5 to 8 cm thick.
If you want to lay granite tiles as a floor covering, make sure that the granite tiles are chamfered. This is a fold in the corners. Not only does it look better, it also reduces the risk of injury. You can also bevel with some wet cutting saws.
When renting a wet cutting saw, make sure that you can also bevel with it, if it is not beveled granite slabs or tiles and you want to lay a floor with it.
Regardless of whether you use a wet cutting saw or an angle grinder - never press too hard when cutting. When cutting granite, patience is noticeable in a significantly better cutting pattern.
Do not forget appropriate protective clothing including protective goggles when cutting granite.