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Finding Matching Replacement Tile


What to do When You Canít Find an Exact Tile Replacement


By Mark J. Donovan


Question: Mark, I have a matching replacement tile problem. My bathroom has ceramic tile flooring and one of the tiles broke. I want to find a replacement tile that looks identical to the original one so that it matches the rest of the tiles on the floor. However, I have never seen this particular tileís likeness at any tile store in my area. I was wondering how I would go about finding an exact matching replacement tile for it.

Answer: C.M. Finding a replacement tile that exactly matches your old tile may be impossible to do.

For just your situation I always buy a few extra tiles and store them away in a safe location after completing a tile project.

The first thing I would do is to take the broken tile to a store that focuses on tile and see if they can come up with a close matching replacement tile.


If they do not have a close enough matching replacement tile then I would check on-line for a tile company that makes tiles to order. Often they will be able to manufacture a replacement tile that nearly exactly matches the old one. However, having a tile made-to-order can be a bit pricy.

Another alternative is to find a replacement tile that contrasts well with the existing bathroom floor tile. With this approach you would effectively replace the old tile with an accent tile.

If you want to go one step further, you could consider removing a few more of the bathroom floor tiles, and then replace them all with accent tiles to develop a custom floor tile pattern.

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