Top Myths about Diamond Drilling

July 8, 2024

Whatever industry you work in, chances are, you’ve faced a few misconceptions about your job.

As core drilling specialists with over 50 years of experience, we’ve heard our fair share of myths about what we do. So, we decided it was time to unpack some of the top myths about the diamond drilling industry. 

#1 We're drilling for diamonds

One of the most common myths about diamond drilling is that we are drilling for actual diamonds. Given the name, it’s an easy mistake to make, but the truth is far more practical. Diamond drilling has nothing to do with mining for precious gems; instead it refers to the type of drill bits we use. These drill bits are tipped with diamonds, making them incredibly durable and effective when it comes to drilling through tough materials like concrete. 

As concrete drilling contractors, we rely on diamond drilling to complete a wide range of projects. Whether it's creating holes for plumbing or electrical installations, or removing sections of concrete for renovations, diamond drilling is our go-to method. Our specialist tools allow us to cut through concrete quickly and efficiently, without causing excessive damage to the surrounding area. This precision and control is essential when working on projects that require accuracy and minimal disruption.

#2 Diamond drilling is too expensive for small jobs

Another common misconception about diamond drilling is that it is only suitable for large-scale commercial projects, and is too expensive for smaller jobs. However, this is far from the truth. Diamond drilling is a highly cost-effective option, even for smaller tasks.

  

As concrete drilling specialists, our state-of-the-art diamond-tipped drill bits cut through various materials, including concrete, brick and asphalt. These drill bits are incredibly durable and efficient, allowing for quick and precise drilling.

The efficiency of diamond drilling is what sets it apart from other methods. The diamond-tipped drill bits can cut through materials with ease, reducing the amount of time and effort required to complete a job. This efficiency translates into cost savings, as less time spent on the project means lower labour costs. Additionally, the precision of diamond drilling ensures that the job is done accurately and with minimal damage to surrounding structures.

Are you looking for diamond drilling services for a small job? We offer our domestic services across the North West, East Midlands and North Wales, so please get in touch with us today about your project. 

#3 Diamond drilling is noisy

Think diamond drilling produces excessive noise? Think again!

When it comes to different drilling methods, you might assume that all techniques produce the same level of noise. However, this isn’t always the case. Unlike other drilling methods, diamond drilling is known for its remarkably quiet operation. The secret lies (once again!) in the tools used - the diamond-tipped drill bits. Designed to cut through hard surfaces with efficiency and precision, diamond drill bits also have the added benefit of reducing noise levels significantly. 

The unique construction of diamond drill bits allows them to smoothly slice through materials without causing excessive vibration or noise. Unlike traditional drilling methods that rely on brute force to penetrate surfaces, diamond drilling uses a combination of rotation and pressure to achieve its goal. This results in a much quieter drilling process that is less disruptive to both workers and nearby residents.

The use of water during diamond drilling also contributes to its quietness. Water is often used as a coolant during the drilling process, preventing overheating and improving the lifespan of the drill bit. Additionally, the water acts as a sound dampener, further reducing noise levels produced by the drill.

#4 Diamond drilling is messy

So, if diamond drilling isn’t as noisy as other methods, how messy is it in comparison? 

Whilst most construction techniques are associated with leaving behind a trail of dust and debris, diamond drilling is actually a clean and efficient way to create precise holes in concrete surfaces. 

One of the main reasons why diamond drilling is less messy than other methods is the usage of water throughout the drilling process, as this reduces the amount of dust and debris generated. 

Our team of concrete drilling specialists are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and tools that are specifically designed to minimise mess. They use specialised vacuum systems that capture and contain any dust or debris that may be produced during the drilling process. These vacuum systems are highly efficient in extracting the particles, leaving the surrounding area clean and free from any mess.

#5 Diamond drill bits wear out quickly

Wondering if our drill bits wear out quickly? The answer is no, not particularly! With the right care, our diamond drill bits are incredibly hard and durable, thanks to the industrial-grade diamonds used. Unlike traditional drill bits that rely on friction to cut through materials, diamond drill bits use the hardness of the diamonds to grind away at the surface, resulting in minimal wear and tear. This means that diamond drill bits can last for a long time, saving us time, money, and the hassle of constantly replacing worn-out bits.

#6 Diamond drilling can only be done vertically 

Diamond drilling is often associated with vertical drilling, but this is actually another myth. 

Contrary to popular belief, diamond drilling can be done in various angles and positions. We have the expertise and equipment to perform diamond drilling horizontally, diagonally, or even upside down if necessary. This flexibility in drilling angles allows for greater precision and adaptability in various construction projects. 

#7 Anyone can do diamond drilling"

For one final myth that we need to debunk - the idea that just anyone can do diamond drilling. 

Diamond drilling takes a unique set of skills and knowledge that only professionals possess. That’s why, if you’ve got a project that requires diamond drilling, it’s best to rely on concrete drilling contractors like us, as we have the expertise to handle the job safely and effectively.

We’ve spent over 50 years perfecting our craft, honing our skills and gaining valuable experience in diamond drilling. We understand the intricacies involved in drilling through concrete, and know how to navigate challenges that may arise. Trusting professionals like us ensures that the job will be done properly, and with precision and care. 

Don’t take risks when it comes to diamond drilling - get in touch with us today about your project.