Does anyone know of any company that specializes in out dated or out
of manufacture floor tile? It never fails, one tile goes bad and the
whole floor has to be replaced because there are no longer replacement
tiles. There must be some companies that either store and sell older
tiles, or actually re-manufacture them. I did some looking on the web
and did not find anything.
Only source I know of are the restoration/renovation places and the
outfits that specialize in closeouts, discontinued merchandise, etc.
In general, if there were no extras saved and it's not something generic
enough to match, your choice is as close a match as you can find or a
deliberately contrasting replacement so it looks like accent.
I suppose if it were valuable enough, one could approach one of the
custom tile artisans, but would be unlikely they could/would want to do
that type of work rather than their normal.
i just couldn't see it. sorry :( could you imagine the setup cost? for one
tile? not really very realistic.
do you have experience with this approach? i worked at color tile and i have
never heard of such a thing.
Well, yes, I do...I happen to have a cousin who did custom tile for
quite a while as an artistic sideline (along w/ the stained glass,
etc.). The time is in color matching, etc., they've already got the
setup for making tiles, so it depends on what they're trying to match.
It certainly is order of magnitude over individual piecework tile, but
could still be less than the whole floor. Then, of course, there's the
convenience factor besides simply the cost. You're not likely to do it
for 29-cent/ea box-store tile; no.
ceramic or vinyl?
doesn't exist to my knowledge. tiles are made in batches and the batches
usually vary anyway. this is true with vinyl tile too but to a lesser extent
i worked at a tile store for a very short period and we were hit up with
this problem a lot. tiles are heavy and take up a lot of inventory space.
nobody is going to keep an outdated tile on hand for when one of your tile
breaks or tears unless you pick a very generic tile.
thats why you buy extra and leave them in the shed
If you can find a good local tile store (versus a big box store
that happens to sell a limited range of tiles) they will likely
help you find something that's a pretty decent match.
A small Ma and Pop operation with an emphasis on service is
what you need ;-)
They know where to look and have quick/easy access to all
of the wholesalers, distributors etc.
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