Precise tile cutting

Knowing what a proper tile cut looks like is essential for a sharp and clean finish. This is a relatively simple task to do yourself, but it is necessary to have the right tools and knowledge, which we present in this guide. Despite having fantastic ideas, it is necessary to choose the right technique and tools to get the job done, or to have the job done by professionals.

There are mainly two methods of cutting tiles for laying: hand cutting or powered tools. The basic and less expensive option is to cut with a hammer and chisel. However, it does not give as sharp, clean a finish as when using powered tools. Therefore, it is necessary to decide which option is the most suitable for undertaking the task. Whichever option you choose, it is essential to have the right protective equipment. You should at least wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from concrete or stone chips that might chip off the slab. A pair of protective gloves isn’t as essential, but it’s a useful addition, especially if you’re making a lot of cuts.

Manual cutting

For the hand technique you will need a hammer, chisel and rubber mallet. This method isn’t ideal if you need a sharp, clean edge, but it’ll work fine if you’re working on edging ideas.

Mechanical cutting

When it comes to cutting with powered tools, you need an electric saw with a diamond blade suitable for cutting masonry materials. It is an ideal choice if you have dense paving tiles or stones and works well with concrete paving slabs as well. It is also possible to use an angle grinder. It is a popular choice for cutting paving tiles as they are relatively cheap, versatile and simple to use.

Preparation and process

Remember that no matter which method you choose, security is always a priority. Therefore, always wear safety glasses and gloves and use the appropriate equipment to ensure the highest level of protection while working. In the case of the manual technique, the first step is to carefully measure and mark the place to be cut on the board. Then, using a hammer and chisel, make the cut, controlling the depth and sharpness of the edges. If you choose to cut with powered tools, the first step will be to mark the cut line on the board. Then, using an electric saw, make a cut along the marked line, controlling the depth and evenness of the cut.


We are convinced that with our guide, everyone will be able to carry out this work on their own, saving time and money on hiring professionals. But remember, always be safe and use the right tools to get the job done.

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