Posts Tagged ‘custom tile gettysburg’

  • Outdoor Ceramic Tile

    Date: 2012.07.10 | Category: Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    We get asked the question a lot, “Can Ceramic Tile Be Used Outdoors?” The answer is yes!

    There are numerous ceramic tiles that are frost resistant and are excellent for patios, porches, pool decks, etc. Many unglazed tiles are suitable for exterior use. Their slip resistance will be dependent on the surface texture, and slip resistance is important! Glazed, frost resistant tiles are recommended for vertical exterior surfaces only. The manufacturer will indicate if a particular type of tile is frost resistant and a frost resistant installation is essential.

    As we’re enjoying spending time outdoors this summer, keep tile in mind for those outdoor spaces!

  • Mosaic Inspirations

    Date: 2012.06.30 | Category: Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

    When you think about mosaic tile in your home the choices & ideas are endless! We talked about Floor Mosaics in a previous post and here are more beautiful, inspiring photos from Pinterest. Enjoy!


    Source: via Sue on Pinterest



    Source: via Sue on Pinterest

    A mosaic insert.

    Mosaic Garden pathway

    Beautiful mosaic pattern

  • 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

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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!


  • Bathroom Tile Inspiration

    Date: 2011.12.20 | Category: Bathrooms, Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

    The bathroom continues to receive increased attention in many homes as homeowners seek to create a tranquil, personal space. This retreat-like atmosphere is very desirable and can be created in endless ways. Not to mention, a bathroom remodel using tile is an investment that will add value to your home. (Read our previous post here for tips on creating a spa-like atmosphere in your bathroom.)

    Here are a few photos of gorgeous bathroom retreats to spark your inspiration:

    Image courtesy Ceramic Tileworks

    image courtesy Ceramic Tileworks

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    image by Garretson Tile Company

    image by Garretson Tile Company

    image courtesy of Trendir Modern Interiors


  • Tile Patterns

    Date: 2011.12.08 | Category: Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    When it comes to decorating your home, tile offers such endless combinations of patterns, texture, color, and overall style. The feel of your home can be completely altered with strategically placed tile and the pattern of tile is just one thing to think about. There are endless selections of patterns and each has a way of dramatically changing the look of a room. Here are some examples of the most common patterns:

    Example of a Brickwork Square Pattern. Photo Courtesy of Niko.

    Example Of A Diamond Pattern


  • Cozy Up With a Tiled Fireplace

    Date: 2011.10.31 | Category: Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration, Living Rooms | Response: 0

    This past weekend Gettysburg experienced an unexpected pre-Halloween snow. Although it is early for this weather it made us think about this coming winter and a lot of time spent indoors. Use tile to create an interesting, unique space. That way, you won’t mind being snowed in this winter!

    Let it snow!

    A good way to incorporate tile into your living space is by using it to frame your fireplace. This sets a lovely focal point for the winter months and creates an inviting cozy atmosphere.

    Here are some examples of tiled fireplaces that we love:

    image courtesy Susan Jablon Mosaics

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    image courtesy Update Dallas

    image courtesy Update Dallas

    image courtesy Update Dallas


  • Funky Bathroom Tile Backsplash

    Date: 2011.10.11 | Category: Bathrooms, Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

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    These artistic backsplashes are an example of the “out-of-the-box” ideas that tile provides a bathroom renovation. Funky 3-D glass tiles create an artistic yet modern feeling. Using tiles that range in shape, size and color offer interest and provide dimension . Get inspired with tile!

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  • Creative Idea Using Decorative Tile

    Date: 2011.09.21 | Category: Bathrooms, Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration, Tips and Advice | Response: 1

    Tile has so many wonderful uses in the home. Not only is it a functional, but it also gives an artistic touch to many applications. Decorative tile is most often seen surrounding around a fireplace or on a kitchen backsplash, but there are many other ways to use decorative tile throughout your home. The next thing you might be thinking is “that could get extremely pricey” and in some cases you would be correct. There are ways, however, to get the beautiful tile you desire and keep your budget in mind at the same time.

    Let’s take this example from Bill Buyok on  (Bill Buyok is the primary contributor for Avente Tile and has been publishing Tile Talk since 2008)

    This beautiful glass tile would make a stunning shower, but the price tag was high.

    Glass Tile $40 per square foot (photo courtesy of Click photo for original post.

    The option instead was given to create a “waterfall” design that appeared as if the glass tile was pouring onto the floor.

    glass mosaic waterfall effect. (image courtesy of Click for original post.

    The tile actually became a focal point and used $280 worth of the glass tile as opposed to the entire shower, which would have been roughly $3,600.

    The moral is: Don’t say no to a decorative piece of tile that appears to be out of your budget! A professional tile designer can assist you in implementing the tile you love at a price you can afford.

    Click to read Bill Buyok’s full post.