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Showroom update July 16, 2015 10:44

Please note that our Stoke Newington showroom will be closed this weekend 17-18 July, 2015. We will be back open on Monday, 20 July as usual.

Cutting Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles | Robel Tips May 07, 2015 13:30

If you’re about to lay your ceramic or porcelain tiles down the chances are you’re going to need to cut a few of them. Here are a few options and some tips you can use during this process.

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Tile Cutter:

The tile cutter is custom made for this. It has a circular blade, which scores the tile for you to then snap with the handle. This is generally the best thing to use for straight cuts. There are a few blade types you can use, generally the thinner or less robust the tile the thinner/sharper blade you want. This means for Ceramic tile you would want a sharp blade and for Porcelain a flatter blade.

Advantages:

Very quick cuts

No mess

Minimal chips

Disadvantages:

Can only do straight cuts

Tips:

When scoring the tile let the blade do the work, don’t press too hard as this may lead to chipping the tile. Remember you’re just creating a guide for the snap.

Keep Safe! Wear gloves and goggles when operating the tile cutter; it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Angle Grinder:

The angle grinder is a great tool to use for more elaborate cuts but requires some skill and steady hands. You can switch up the blade on the angle grinder to suit the tile you’re cutting making it more versatile.

Advantages:

Not constrained to straight cuts

Can cut out middle of tiles

Disadvantages:

Creates a lot of dust

Can create chips on the cut edge

Tips:

Again let the blade do the work, the slower you go the less chance of chips occurring on the edge.

Wear gloves, goggles and a facemask. The angle grinder creates a lot of dust as it’s grinding the tile not cutting. You don’t want to be breathing this in.

 

Wet Saw:

This is generally used for bigger projects, which require a lot of cutting. Quite similar to the angle grinder with less mess due to the water sprayed onto the blade omitting the dust created. Wet saws vary; some have blades which can move up and down allowing to do plunge cuts i.e. for wall sockets etc.

Advantages:

Quick cuts

No Dust

Minimal chips on cut edge

Disadvantages:

Can break tiles if not careful

Some water splashing

Tips:

As the blade is circular the top cuts further in than the bottom. Make sure you mark both the front side and backside for guidelines and cut to the line on both sides. This will ensure the corners of your L cuts will be perfect.

Keep hands as far away from the blade as possible, it’s not sharp but it will still be a bad idea! Also, don’t forget to wear those gloves and goggles.


Origin 030 | Patterned Tile Variations April 24, 2015 15:19

Today we have picked out the cube patterned Origin 030. The pattern on the tile is meant for a cube like pattern laid conventionally. However, as the lines on some of the patterns in this range are geometrical there is more than one way that works in regards to laying them. You can experiment with the way the tiles are laid and create a whole new design. 


Robel Online Shop Launch January 07, 2015 16:08

Its finally here! We are proud to announce the launch of our online tile shop. You will be able to find our latest products here from tiles to grout.

As a launch promotion we are giving our first 10 customers 10% off from their purchase, no matter how big or small. 

Just enter "LAUNCH10" in checkout.