Why am I having such a hard time buying Daltile?

barb7901April 25, 2013

I have put Daltile Rittenhouse subway tile 3/4 of the way up our tub surround walls. We then decided that it is too plain and that we wanted an accent piece. We picked out a marble mosaic that comes in 12x12 sheets that we can cut apart to make 4 inch strip. Simple and inexpensive. But it needs a transition piece from the subway tile as it's thicker than the tile. No problem, I thought, I'll just go to a tile store that sells Daltile and pick something out. Turns out it's not that simple.

Two stores I called won't sell to me unless they were designing and installing the tile. The Daltile dealer I originally got the Rittenhouse from only sells to contractors and asking the original contractor who ordered it for me to also order this is not an option.

I did find one store who would sell to me. My original choice was from the Tribute Collection by Precision H2O (comes in Daltile colors). Even though the brochure I have says 3-5 day lead time, the tile store said it was a custom order, would take 3 weeks, and cost close to $300 for the 50 pieces I need (half round, 1/2 x 6 inches). This is too much.

Next I found the Simple Elegance line from Daltile. The store who would sell to me said it was the same situation: 3 weeks, $300. I'm surprised at this as it seems like it would be a stock piece.

What am I missing here? Has anyone ordered Daltile from an online place or from a store in the DC area? Is $300 actually the price for 50 Simple Elegance (stock?) trim pieces? Again, all I want is a plain half round that is 1/2x6 inches. It also surprises me that in today's economy stores would turn down business

Any source sugesstions would be appreciated. Thanks!

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That's only $6 per liner. Not a bad price at all, actually. Decos and liners are the most expensive type of tile to purchase. You might consider doing something with a Schluter strip to surround your center feature tile.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 2:36PM
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I was going to say that it still seems high to me as I've seen Daltile liners at Home Depot for about $2 per piece but now that you mention it, that's $4 per liner foot and of course HD doesn't have the color that I want. I'll have to give it more thought!

Still, if anyone has a source that won't hold the fact that I'm a DIYer against me, please let em know.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 4:16PM
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Yes, they are expensive when it adds up. My tile store was charging $8.79 per pencil liner. I was planning to just have a simple accent line around the shower but it wasnt cost effective. My tile guy recommended a glass mosaic border instead at $18 sq ft saving me about $200. I mentioned using the Home Depot liners at 99â piece but he cautioned they may be varying widths.

Good luck with your search.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 7:05PM
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Have you verified with HD that they can't special order your color you want? I found HD online has many more choices than in store. And, I found my tiles at a "contractor place" for 1.5x what I finally realized HD was selling (special/online order)...

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 1:29AM
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