How to Cut Terracotta Tiles

Terracotta tiles, although among the most uncommon and unusual of the floor tiles, are also among the most brittle and difficult to cut. To complicate things, they are made from of the most irregular of shapes. Because of this, they probably require more cutting than almost any other type of floor tile. If you plan to cut and install these tiles, and if this will be your first terracotta tile installation experience, it is most important that you have the right tools and the right instructions such as those below.

Things you'll need

  • Water cooled tile cutter
  • Hacksaw
  • Water

Tip 1 – Keep the Tile Cool

This tile cracks and chips more easily when heated, so keep it as cool as possible by cutting the tile slowly. The slower, the better. Check the water reservoir on your tile cutter to be sure it has plenty of cool water in it. Avoid forcing the tile through the saw blade. Instead, gently guide the tile as the blade passes through it.

Tip 2 – Cutting with a Hacksaw

Use a hacksaw with a fine-tooth blade, 48-tooth preferred. Try to use small degree of pressure on the tile to keep it from breaking the tile. Cool the blade frequently in cool water.