By Kevin Stevens, Networx

Discovering a broken tile in your home is always a bit of a bummer, even more so if you do not have any extra tiles left over from the original installation. When I complete a tile project for a client, I insist that he keep a few of the leftover tiles, just in case. If we do not have any left, I recommend ordering or buying a few right away, as they may not be available in 5 years or so, or you may not remember what style, part number or color was used down the line.

Some tiles get cracked due to poor installation combined with normal wear and tear. Other tile damage is due to some type of accident. A 10-pound cast iron skillet falling a few feet can do serious damage to your tile.