New Metro Tile Company owner, Eddie Bermudez explains a little bit about the shelf life of tile and why finding a tile that is discontinued is not so easy. He also advises how to prevent the need for a discontinued tile.
Finding Discontinued Tile
by Eddie Bermudez, Owner, New Metro Tile Company, Los Angeles, CA.
The life of tile is either 4 to 5 years. And if the tile is over 3 to 4 years the odds are 2:1 that it’s discontinued and they’re not making it [anymore].
The problem with discontinued tile or tile that’s been put in (i.e. installed), there might be maybe, we’ll say 100 manufacturers. Each manufacturer has 40 to 50 lines of tile. Now tile is basically like automobiles. They discontinue them after 3 to 4 years — especially if they don’t go over (i.e. sell very well).
So when a customer comes in [looking for discontinued tile] it’s hard for us to find exactly who the manufacturer is because in Southern California no one company carries all the manufacturers’ series.
When you are putting a new project together always keep at least 1 or 2 boxes in the garage of the same thing that you’re using. That’s our advice to you.
Note: In addition to new, current, classic, and trendy tile, we sell some very attractive odd lots of more recently discontinued tile in our warehouse. Remember, when purchasing these (or any) tiles — buy enough overage for the project and keep some spare boxes of material in the garage or or in storage. It will save you alot of headache down the road, should you need more and can’t find it.