Posts Tagged ‘Central PA tile’

  • Linear Tile Inspiration

    Date: 2011.04.15 | Category: Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

    We’ve talked previously about the linear tile trend and how you can use it to create a unique, modern look for your home. Here are more tile examples from the Garretson showroom to use as inspiration if you are considering this style:

    This is another way to get the “look” of linear tile – use a linear patterned tile.

    Please stop by our showroom in Gettysburg, PA to view any of these in person and talk to a designer about what would work best in your home.

  • Tile Adds Personality to a Room

    Date: 2011.02.21 | Category: Ideas and Inspiration, Tips and Advice | Response: 2

    Adding tile to your home allows you to make any space your very own. The beauty of using tile in design is that there are virtually limitless options to truly get your desired, unique look. Whether it’s textures, patterns, glazes or styles, the options are endless and even the smallest details can make a big difference.

    Here are some tile designs to use as inspiration on this cold Monday!

    Image Courtesy of Interior Designs and Wallpapers

    These classic British brick style tiles give this bathroom an elegant yet relaxed feel.

    Image Courtesy of ArchiExpo

    The tile in this kitchen, paired with the decor, gives a more urban and modern look.

    Image Courtesy of Designs and Decors

    The tile flooring in the this kitchen and living room gives this living space a Italian & rustic inspired look.

    When choosing your custom tile, remember to pay attention to detail and how it will have an effect on the ambiance of your room.  If you have any questions, we are here to help!

  • Caring For the Tile in Your Home

    Date: 2011.02.04 | Category: Bathrooms, Kitchens, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    Whether you’ve just installed tile in your home or you’ve got your heart set on that new outdoor patio for the spring, you might want to keep some cleaning tips in mind in order to ensure that your tile looks great all the time! Here are some cleaning tips for all types of tile surfaces that you may have in your home!

    image courtesy of Floor Tiles Direct

    For walls & counter tops:

    - Wipe with a damp cloth or sponge

    -Use window cleaner (Windex or Glass Plus)

    -Wipe dry with cloth

    -All purpose cleaners or spray cleaners are also recommended

    For routine cleaning of floors:

    -Vacuum regularly to remove gritty particles

    -Use a damp mop with water and your favorite detergent

    Cleaning your shower tile:

    -Use all-purpose cleaner, allow to stand five minutes, then rinse and dry

    -Wash with equal parts white vinegar and water

    -Using commercial tile cleaners is also recommended

    For more tips on heavy duty cleaning for all surfaces in your home, visit our Garretson Tile Company website.

    No matter what type of tile surface you have in your home, keeping it clean and cared for will allow you to enjoy it for years to come.

  • The Perfect Floor for the Family

    Date: 2011.01.28 | Category: Tips and Advice | Response: 0

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    Perhaps when you consider the idea of a tile floor , you have a hard time picturing your family being “kind” to this asset of your home. Little do many people know that tile floors are highly resilient. With only minimum care, a tile floor which has been correctly installed, should last the lifetime of your home. In fact, unglazed floor tile will not show any wear at all. Unglazed tiles are naturally prepared to mask any potential scratches or other imperfections since they tend to have surface color that extends all throughout the tile. Also,  because these tiles are unglazed, they hold a natural texture which makes them more slip resistant.

    In order to assist you in picking out which type of tile would be most conducive for your  situation, manufacturers classify the durability of their ceramic tile on a scale from 0 to 5. Before heading in to a showroom to pick out your tile, take a look at these ratings so that you’ll have some idea of what you’re looking for:

    Rating – 0: Walls only

    Rating – 1: Light traffic (residential bathroom floors) and counter tops

    Rating – 2: Medium-Light Traffic (residential interior floors except kitchens, stairs, landings and entrance ways.)

    Rating – 3: Medium-Heavy Traffic (all residential areas and commercial areas with similar traffic)

    Rating – 4: Heavy Traffic (all residential and most commercial)

    Rating – 5: Heaviest Duty Traffic (all residential and commercial areas)

    So when deciding whether or not to utilize this decor in your own home, don’t be intimidated or concerned with how your family’s daily routine may affect your floor’s beauty and appearance!

  • Outdoor Tile

    Date: 2011.01.27 | Category: Ideas and Inspiration, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    Even though there is still snow on the ground, spring and summer are right around the corner. As you think about warm weather, it’s also time to think of ways to spruce up your outdoor patio and prepare yourself for time spent outside. Installing outdoor tile is something you may want to consider! Adding tile designs to your outdoor patio can add detail and character to the place you love to be the most during the warm weather months.

    One detail to keep in mind when considering outdoor tile is how to care for it during colder months. However, there is no need to worry! There are numerous ceramic tiles that are frost resistant and excellent for exterior use. Unglazed tiles are the most suitable for outdoor use because they are slip resistant. Start planning now for your beautiful outdoor space and hopefully the thought will get your through the rest of this Pennsylvania winter!

  • Welcome to All Tiled Up!

    Date: 2010.07.29 | Category: Custom Tile | Response: 0

    Thank you for visiting our blog! This is officially our first post and we are excited to start blogging about all topics regarding, you guessed it – Custom Tile in your home brought to you by the tile experts at Garretson Tile Company.

    A little about us: Garretson Tile Company has been meeting our clients ceramic tile needs since 1952, serving the residential and commercial markets in Central Pennsylvania, Northern Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. We furnish and install ceramic tile, quarry tile, marble, granite and slate. All of our craftsmen are certified by the only National Tile Contractor’s Association approved apprenticeship program, Career Craftsmanship. In fact, most of our installers have no less than 10 years experience, not only in ceramic tile, but with Garretson Tile Company exclusively.

    Check back as we will be posting design tips, installation advice, tile inspiration, DIY tile help and tile we love. Tile is our passion and we look forward to sharing that with you through our blog! If you have any questions or would like to see a post about a certain topic please never hesitate to get in touch. Time to get all tiled up! :)