I need to replace several broken tiles in my bathroom floor. The tile is
ceramic and was installed about twelve years ago. Several tiles have
cracked from children jumping up and down on the floor. I do not expect
anyone to jump up and down on the floor again.
Can anyone point me to a good source (internet or otherwise) for older
tile styles? I removed one tile and brought it to six stores in the
central Jersey area and no one had it. It is 4.25" by 4.25" and about
1/4 inch thick and almond-white in color. One seller thought the pattern
was called "Crystalline" and that it was out of production.
EJ in NJ
No? Did you eliminate the children somehow?
In all seriousness, the reason your tile cracked is because the
underlayment wasn't solid enough. A heavy adult could do the same
damage, so be sure to fix the underlying flooring so that it no longer
flexes before you replace the tiles.
Try googling for "tile matching service" or similar. Also, with any
tile work in the future, make sure you buy an extra box or two of
tile. Very cheap insurance against big problems later. Minimum is a
few for this kind of repair. I prefer to have even more, so you have
This is quite a normal problem. Manufacturers change their colors
constantly. You will probably not find an exact match. Your
choices are limited:
Remove and replace the floor.
Cut or take out a pattern to replace with a contrasting color, a
bit like a diamond in the center of the floor or similar that
includes the damaged tiles.
Remove random tiles abut the room. Replace with a pattern of
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
They stopped tiling before installing cabinets more than 20 years
ago. Most people who might notice are now dead.
He might get lucky though....
The problem with matching tile is differences among batches. It took
me a couple times to learn to check batch numbers.
Break open a new box and set a few... then, whoops, that don't look
right. Pretty disappointing when it's the last box, lemme tell you.
Maybe not so common these days, I don't know.
If there are some tile contractors - not stores - in the area, try
calling a few to see if they might have leftovers stashed. Not likely
you will find a match, but you might get lucky. Stores aren't likely to
be interested unless they can sell you a box.
If the broken ones are close to each other, you might be able to replace
them and some ajoining tiles to form some sort of pattern. Even
replacing broken ones with 1x1 might work as a random pattern. Seeing
pix and size of room would help.
If the floor is mushy enough that children jumping on it break tiles,
you're probably ahead to just replace the tile and underlayment. But
you've already thought of that :o)
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