How to Find Discontinued Tile
This week I went to a jobsite to help a builder friend of mine who was repairing a shower for a client. His client had a shower with half walls, and glass enclosing the shower to the ceiling. They desired to completely enclose the shower, and went ahead with the construction problem without first considering that the additional tile may no longer be available. The tile that is currently installed in the shower was also a very difficult to find size– a 16×24 gold limestone, that is 3/4″ thick. After searching through our tile store bone yard, and finding no solution, we decided to take the following steps:
We were able to salvage a scrap of the tile that was removed in the construction process and send it off to several vendors. We were able to find a good color match, but the size was not the same. Our solution was to insert a decorative border, at the transition, all the way around the shower (some people refer to this as an accent band or decorative border) to camouflage the new size difference, and slightly different shade in color.
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