Keep The Spares After Installing New Tiles

A couple of spare tiles will never go astrayIt’s rare for any tiling project to use every tile purchased. In most cases, you need to purchase your tiles by the box so there will be spare tiles. Whilst you may only have one or two tiles left (plus the remnants of any cut tiles), our advice is to keep them safe. Don’t throw them out.

Modern tiles, especially porcelain floor tiles, are very durable. With sensible cleaning and maintenance, they will last for years, most likely decades. However, you never know when an accident is going to damage a tile – no matter how durable they are, a heavy blow can create a crack or large chip to appear.

Tiles are like dressmaking materials, which come in dye lots. Man-made tiles like ceramic and porcelain also have a ‘dye lot’, so in six months or more you’ll never find an exact match to the tiles you have. Natural stone tiles are even harder to match.

Common sense suggests you keep any spare tiles for any such event. You can chip out the broken tile and glue in a new tile. Because it has come from the original batch, it will be a perfect match. It’s also a matter of convenience – you don’t have to go through the process of trying to find a tile to match the broken one. That process becomes even more of a bother if you have to buy a whole box of tiles, just to use one.

You don’t need to over order your tiles, however, if you are in a position where you may or may not need that extra box of tiles – go for the extra box, those tiles will never go astray. For assistance with your next tiling project, talk to a tile expert at Éco Dépôt Céramique – we’ll help to ensure you select the right tiles for your project and that you order enough to complete the job adequately.