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Find replacement ceramic tiles for house built 15 years ago

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May 23, 2006
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Find replacement ceramic tiles for house built 15 years ago

As per title, some tiles are broken.

Is it even possible to find and buy new matching replacement ceramic tiles to replace them?

If not, i guess patching it up or replacing the entire flooring would be the only option?
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May 12, 2021
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You can try calling your builder’s customer service line and see if they can help you with the vendor. I doubt the tile style will still be carried.

If your home is in a subdivision ask your neighbors if they have extra tiles. My home was built in 2008 and the builder gave me an extra box of all the tile, sitting in the cold cellar.
Fantastical wrote: As per title, some tiles are broken.

Is it even possible to find and buy new matching replacement ceramic tiles to replace them?

If not, i guess patching it up or replacing the entire flooring would be the only option?
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Post a photo and someone might have seen something similar. Unless it's a very specific design, you can probably find something that will be "close enough".

In Toronto, there's a big tile store called Centura Tile. They have a separate outlet building and I was surprised that the outlet sold the exact tile that's in my house and the tile job was over 20 years old at the time. Perhaps there's something like that in Vancouver.

But, more importantly, where are these broken tiles? In general, tiles shouldn't crack, even after 15 years, and definitely not several of them. If it was installed correctly, even dropping a heavy item on a tile shouldn't easily crack it. You may have to consider that you may have a bigger problem underneath the tiles and replacing them all and redoing the tile job would best. If they are in a wet area (e.g. shower), then it's a BIG issue.
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Try habitat restore - they sell used and old stock stuff.
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Thanks. Good point. I have a feeling it is poor installation. It's a townhouse with a small dining area that has those broken tiles...nothing has dropped on there. It sounds hollow when i knock on the tiles, and therefore, something is not right underneath the tiles.

I live in Richmond, BC which is close to sealevel, and someone said broken tile is more common in RIchmond BC as the ground shift more when it's close to sealevel.

I would say it is a combination of (a) ground close to sealevel and (b) poor installation.

~8% of the dining area tile is broken. Perhaps, like you suggest, it's best to re-do the flooring.
jm1 wrote: Post a photo and someone might have seen something similar. Unless it's a very specific design, you can probably find something that will be "close enough".

In Toronto, there's a big tile store called Centura Tile. They have a separate outlet building and I was surprised that the outlet sold the exact tile that's in my house and the tile job was over 20 years old at the time. Perhaps there's something like that in Vancouver.

But, more importantly, where are these broken tiles? In general, tiles shouldn't crack, even after 15 years, and definitely not several of them. If it was installed correctly, even dropping a heavy item on a tile shouldn't easily crack it. You may have to consider that you may have a bigger problem underneath the tiles and replacing them all and redoing the tile job would best. If they are in a wet area (e.g. shower), then it's a BIG issue.
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Fantastical wrote: Thanks. Good point. I have a feeling it is poor installation. It's a townhouse with a small dining area that has those broken tiles...nothing has dropped on there. It sounds hollow when i knock on the tiles, and therefore, something is not right underneath the tiles.
I'd say your feeling is right, if you get a hollow sound the tile isn't fully bonded - so an install issue.
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$100 says the tiles weren’t back buttered
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I found a box of tiles under the staircase in my basement, which happen to match the ones of my back splash, now just gotta find the ones which match the floor and shower wall and im set
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