Posts Tagged ‘Garretson Tile Company’

  • Friday Tile Inspiration

    Date: 2012.08.24 | Category: Bathrooms, Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration, Kitchens | Response: 0

    Happy Friday! We’re kicking off the weekend with these inspiring, ceramic tile ideas from Pinterest. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

    Source: via Kelly on Pinterest

    Source: via Tan on Pinterest

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.


  • In The Kitchen: Strawberry Lemon Shortcakes

    Date: 2012.05.17 | Category: Kitchens, Recipes | Response: 0

    Summertime is almost here and we’re loving it! For today’s “In The Kitchen” post, we wanted to share a deliciously light dessert that is truly the epitome of spring – strawberry lemon shortcakes! If you’re not loving your kitchen at the moment, now is the perfect time to think about a custom tile installation to transform your space.

    Enjoy the recipe!

    Recipe courtesy of Cooking Light. Read the original recipe here.

    • 9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 6 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
    • 1 1/4 cups low-fat buttermilk
    • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
    • Cooking spray
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
    • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
    • 4 cups sliced strawberries
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • 1 1/4 cups frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed


    1. 1. Preheat oven to 425°.
    2. 2. Weigh or lightly spoon 9 ounces (about 2 cups) flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine 9 ounces flour, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Cut in chilled butter with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Combine 1 1/4 cups buttermilk and grated lemon rind. Add the buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, and toss gently with a fork to combine. (Dough should be wet and about the texture of cottage cheese.)
    3. 3. Coat a 9-inch round metal cake pan or baking sheet with cooking spray. Place 1/2 cup flour in a shallow dish. Scoop 10 equal dough portions into dish. Gently shape each portion into a round by tossing in flour to help shape the dough. Arrange in pan. Discard excess flour. Brush dough with melted butter, and sprinkle evenly with 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar. Bake at 425° for 22 minutes or until the shortcakes are lightly browned. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove shortcakes from pan. Cool on wire rack.
    4. 4. Combine berries, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and lemon juice; toss to coat. Let stand for 15 minutes. Split each shortcake in half; spoon about 1/3 cup berry mixture and 2 tablespoons whipped topping into each.
  • 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.