How to Cut Slate Roof Tiles

For the homeowner who wants a durable roof with little maintenance, a roof with slate roof tiles will be hard to beat. However, this system has one distinct disadvantage. But there are things you should know before attempting to install them. They are very brittle and will chip, crack, or break very easily. In using these tiles for replacement of existing tiles, you will very likely need to cut them to fit. Because they are so brittle, you will need special tools and special care to cut them without damaging them. Here are a few tips you can use to cut ceramic roof tiles without damaging them.

Tip 1 – Marking the Tile Edge

Your slate tile edges will need to be straight if they are to fit Use a straightedge and narrow piece of ou have your straightedge aligned correctly, use a slight pressure to draw a line on the tile.

Tip 2 – Cutting Your Tile

Use a bench saw or circular saw with a masonry blade to cut your tile. The fine teeth will help avoid chipping or breaking the tile.

Tip 3 – Use Experienced Cutters

If you lack the proper tools and experience to cut these tiles without breaking them, take them to a home improvement center.