Posts Tagged ‘custom tile’

  • Do I Need To Use Sealer On Ceramic Tile?

    Date: 2012.09.04 | Category: Bathrooms, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    Sealing your tile is determined by the type of tile that you used -glazed or unglazed. If you’re unclear on the difference between the two, we wrote a previous blog post on glazed vs. unglazed tile.

    So what’s the difference when it comes to sealer?

    Sealer is unnecessary and should never be used on glazed tile. Sealer is often used on unglazed natural clay tile, pavers or unglazed porcelain tile. Some manufacturers of these products recommend a particular sealer. However, in most cases a good penetrating sealer is advisable. It is usually invisible or provides a soft luster. Heavy sealers such as urethane are not recommended because of potential scaling or uneven wearing.

  • Happy 4th of July from Garretson Tile Company

    Date: 2012.07.03 | Category: Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

    Wishing you and your family a happy 4th of July! Is your home decorated in patriotic colors? We’d love to see it!


    Source: via Lex on Pinterest

  • Tile Color Variation

    Date: 2012.06.13 | Category: Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    When pondering a custom tile installation, it’s important to know each tiles’ color or shade variation. Color consistency (shade variation) is typically listed on the back label of a ceramic tile sample. Ratings include low, moderate, high or random. Here’s how to decipher these ratings:

    Low means consistent shade and texture

    Moderate means average shade and texture variation, varied yet similar.

    High means extreme shade and texture variation, however all the colors will be present in a single piece of tile to some degree.

    Random means severe shade and texture variation for a random, unique installation that could be totally different colors.

    This online chart helps visualize all the tile color variations.


  • The Look And Feel Of Wood With The Durability Of Tile

    Date: 2012.05.06 | Category: Bathrooms, Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration, Kitchens, Living Rooms | Response: 0

    Love the look of hardwood, but want the durability of ceramic tile? There’s a solution for you!

    Wood tile is a ceramic or porcelain tile that is made to look like a genuine hardwood floor. The tiles can also be textured to resemble the feel of natural hardwood floors in addition to the look of hardwood. Modern style wood tiles are available as well as tiles that give a traditional hardwood look. They can also come in an aged or distressed look for an old-fashioned, antique style. As with all tile installations, the choices for a hardwood look are vast. The tiles are created to simulate virtually every type of wood grain- chestnut, maple, mahogany, oak, etc.

    Here are just a few of the benefits of a ceramic, wood tile over natural hardwood flooring:

    • Ceramic tile that looks like wood is easy to clean & sanitize (perfect for kitchen or bathroom installations.)
    • No fear of water damage.
    • Say goodbye to felt pads under your furniture! Ceramic tile is resistant to scratches.
    • Extremely durable in high traffic areas.
    • Also resistant to fire, pest damage, moisture.

    Do not hesitate to contact Garretson Tile Company in Gettysburg, PA with any questions about a custom, wood tile installation!

    Source: via Venta on Pinterest

  • Friday Tile Design Inspiration

    Date: 2012.04.20 | Category: Bathrooms, Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration, Kitchens, Living Rooms | Response: 0

    We wanted to share these magnificent tile creations for your Friday! These ideas are from Pinterest. Pinterest is a great resource for  planning your tile projects and organizing your ideas. Have a great weekend, everyone. Get inspired!


    Incredible ceramic tile wall.

    Source: via Tan on Pinterest


    Modern tile floor is made cozy with the fireplace and rug.

    Source: via Kitt on Pinterest


    Gorgeous tile mosaic wall.

    Source: via Casey on Pinterest


    This backsplash gives a nice pop of color!

  • All About Grout

    Date: 2012.04.10 | Category: Custom Tile, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    Grout, the colored mortar between the tiles, has been drastically improved in recent years. Grout helps hold your tiles in place as well as seals the space between them. It also acts as a frame around the tile and should complement the color of the ceramic tile. Numerous colors are available to coordinate with your tile choice.

    A few things to keep in mind when it comes to grout:

    * The Grout Color. The actual finished grout color in an installation is affected by moisture, temperature and installation techniques. Because of these variables, the installed shade may differ from a showroom sample. Choose grout color to blend rather than match.

    * Proper Maintenance.Today there are grout formulas that contribute to stain and mildew resistance. Good maintenance procedures that remove surface soil always improve the appearance of any ceramic tile installation. For tile cleaning tips click here.

    * Using a Sealant. Improved sealers can assist in keeping the grout at its best.

    * A word of advice for the DIY-er: Grouting can be a difficult task and requires a level of skill to ensure the look of your tile for years to come. When it is properly applied and maintained, your tile will have a fresh look for many, many years. However, even just one wrong move in the application process can cause the grout to crack, become dry, and hold stains for years. Here are some tips for a good grout application. 

  • Floor Construction For Ceramic Tile

    Date: 2012.03.28 | Category: Custom Tile, Tips and Advice | Response: 1

    A common question we hear when it comes to ceramic tile installation is , “Does ceramic tile require a special floor construction?”

    In answer to this question: Standard floor construction of 2″ x 10″ floor joists spaced 16″ on center with 5/8″ plywood underlayment is suitable. However, more than 20 years experience shows that rigid cementitious backer board is superior to plywood as an underlayment. Whether consisting of a double layer of plywood or a layer of plywood with cement board on top, the total thickness of the subfloor must be at least 1-1/4″. A clean, structurally sound concrete slab is suitable and does not require additional underlayment. In some cases 1/4″ or 1/2″ thick cement board can be laminated directly over existing floor coverings without having to remove them.

    If you have any tile questions, we would be more than happy to answer them! Please leave us a comment.

  • An Important Tile Resource

    Date: 2012.03.15 | Category: Custom Tile, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    Tile Council of America provides valuable information on the proper installation of ceramic tile in virtually any condition. They research all the installation methods and conditions and annually publish industry standards for the installation of tile.

    Any reputable Ceramic Tile Contractor will be very familiar with their publication. At Garretson Tile Company it’s our “bible”.

    Visit for endless amounts of resources and tips.

    The Garretson Tile Showroom

    One particular example is this great article called “Ceramic Tile for Geniuses and Dummies”  presented by Robert E. Daniels, Executive Director Emeritus of TCNA. This article discusses the intricacies of the tile business and how important it is to work with a reputable Tile Contractor. There are so many variables when it comes to tile. The article also details the basics in ceramic tile. Here is an excerpt:

    Ceramic tile itself can be a complex subject. Let’s slice down the layers of complexity and make it simple. There are two major types of tile, quarry tile: that is tile that is made by extrusion from natural clay or shale and tile that is made by the pressed dust method. This category includes wall tile, mosaic tiles, and floor tile. Either type of tile can be glazed or fired as unglazed. Glaze is a ceramic surfacing material that is used to provide a certain appearance. Let me restate this point: any ceramic tile type may be glazed or unglazed. This includes porcelain tiles. Read more here.

    Bottom line is: Do your research and be sure to speak with a tile expert. A general flooring expert and tile expert are two very different things.

  • Spotlight On Custom Tile Project- Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel

    Date: 2012.03.08 | Category: Custom Tile | Response: 0

    We were thrilled to provide and install tile for the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel’s stunning lobby. Here are a few photos of the finished space:

    Wyndham Gettysburg is located at 95 Presidental Circle | Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

    Image courtesy

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  • Using Pinterest for Tile Design Inspiration

    Date: 2012.02.20 | Category: Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 1

    Have you heard about Pinterest? This online “pinboard” is the largest growing social network right now. People are flocking to the site to create boards filled with all kinds of inspiration from home decor and recipes to event planning and fashion.

    This is a fantastic way to find and save inspiration for the tile projects in your home. When we start working with a client we always get a clear picture of their inspiration and hope for the space. Whether it is a magazine cut-out, a color scheme, pattern, etc., we use all of these pieces to design and achieve the desired tile effect. Now, Pinterest makes this process easy! After doing a simple search for “tile”, these are just some of the results. Users can share their boards as well as receive comments and likes from friends.

    A word of advice- Once you start searching and pinning on Pinterest it’s hard to stop!