How can I find about an old Ceramic Tile?

QUESTION

How to Find an old Ceramic Tile - I am looking for a certain type of ceramic tile, but all I have is a number on the back. Can you tell my what type of tile this is and where I can find it?

ANSWER

ANSWER - The numbers on the back of ceramic tile can not be used to locate tile. They are production run numbers that may have nothing to do with who manufacturers it or what its style or color may be.

Some times the body of the tile is made by one manufacturer and then the glaze on top of the tile, giving it its look, is done by another manufacturer. The same body of tile may be used for many different styles. If the manufacturer of the tile is a major manufacturer then normally their name is impressed on the back of the tile. Such as Marazzi or daltile or Laufen, etc. Then you could probably search for their web site on the internet.

Even then, unless the particular tile is only a couple of years old, it is likely discontinued and the only chance of finding it would be to find a distributor who still has some left in their inventory.

If there is no manufacturer name on the back then there is no way of determining who manufactured it. In that case you would have to try and search for the information through the home builder or owner who was involved in the original purchase.

Hope this helps you better understand what you need to do. Good Luck!

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