Tile Divots: Repair or Replace?
LESLIE: Tiling trouble; that’s what Art in Texas has got. What can we do for you?
ART: Yeah, I have a little divot in a ceramic tile. It’s about a quarter-inch around and maybe about a quarter-inch deep. I had a glass fall on the tile. It didn’t crack it but just like knocked out this little hole in there and I tried Googling, you know, to find out about how to repair tile – if you can just do a spot repair – and the only thing I’ve been able to find is how to replace the whole tile and I was just wondering if there’s any kind of like – you know, like a little concrete kind of thing you can pour in there or something to fill it in?
LESLIE: Is this in a spot where if you did some sort of patching repair job it would see a lot of action? Like is it in a big counter space that you use quite often?
ART: Yeah, it’s right there by a counter in the kitchen.
LESLIE: Because I feel like whatever you use to patch it, it’s not going to adhere as well as you hope that it will and with cleaning and everyday use, it’s just going to keep popping out.
ART: Oh, OK. So really the only thing you can do for that is either live with it or replace the tile.
TOM: Or replace it with a tile that’s complementary if you can’t find one that happens to be an exact match.
ART: Right, yeah, I’ve got tile left over from when they built the house.
TOM: (overlapping voices) Oh, good deal. You know that’s not that big of a deal to replace it then if you’ve got that tile. I would just do that if it bothers you that much.
ART: Great. Thank you very much.
TOM: Ah, you’re very welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.