If you're looking to replace a few discontinued ceramic floor tiles, finding them can be a daunting task, since you need an exact match. If you are beginning a new tiling project, using discontinued floor tiles can be a money-saving tactic, and you can be flexible in your search. In either case, several resources can help you.
Inspect the back of a tile for the manufacturer's markings. If you don't have a spare tile to examine, remove a broken tile from the floor. If you are looking for discontinued tiles for a new project, skip this step.
Contact the manufacturer directly through their company website. Ask if they have any of the discontinued ceramic tiles you are seeking, or a list of retailers that have carried that tile pattern. If you are looking for discontinued tiles for a new project, skip this step.
Use the list from the tile manufacturer to find local tile retailers. Contact the retailers, asking if they have any of the discontinued tiles you need. If you are looking for discontinued tiles for a new project, visit your local tile retailers and ask a sales associate about purchasing discontinued stock in the amount you need.
Check with an online tile liquidator, such as This Old Tile, for the discontinued ceramic tiles you need, if you can't find them locally. If you are looking for discontinued tiles for a new project, purchase the tiles from an online tile liquidator just as you would from any other tile supplier, keeping in mind the amount of tiles you need. Bear in mind, too, that you may pay more for tiles if you buy from an online seller, since you will have to pay for shipping.
Purchase more tiles than you need so that you can have them on hand for future repairs.