Posts Tagged ‘Gettysburg 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Heated Tile Floors

    Date: 2011.12.03 | Category: Bathrooms, Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

    In the cold, long winter months ahead there is one thing that would make getting out of bed in the morning easier. Installing heating systems beneath your tiled bathroom floor. Most systems are around 1.8″ thick, then a frame is built over top with a tile, stone or even hardwood floor.

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    Another option is to install heating pipes which are covered with screed and then a tile or stone floor.

    Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia. Underfloor heating pipes before the screed

    These are just two ways of installing heating under your bathroom floors. Have a WARM and happy holiday!

  • 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

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    image courtesy Update Dallas


  • In the Kitchen: Apple Crisp

    Date: 2011.10.04 | Category: Recipes | Response: 0

    Welcome, Fall! We’re so excited for this season to be in full swing. Fall is the perfect time to think about your home remodeling projects and make sure your home is in beautiful condition for the holidays!

    Since Garretson Tile Company is located in Apple Country USA (Adams County),  we wanted to share a recipe using apples for today’s “In the Kitchen” post. This past weekend and coming weekend, October 7th and 8th, marks the National Apple Harvest Festival. Visit the Festival or an Adams County Fruit Stand to purchase your apples for the recipe.

    One of the quintessential desserts of Fall, Apple Crisp never disappoints!

    Recipe courtesy of

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    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
    Yield: Serves 8


    3/4 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
    1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small cubes
    1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
    3 pounds apples, such as Empire, Gala, or Braeburn, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, salt, and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. Cut butter into flour, using a pastry blender or two knives, until mixture is the texture of coarse meal. Add oats, and use your hands to toss and squeeze mixture until large, moist clumps form. Transfer to freezer to chill while you prepare apples.

    In another large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice, cinnamon, and remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Transfer to a shallow 2-quart baking dish, and sprinkle with topping mixture. Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until golden and bubbling, 55 to 65 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

  • 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.  

  • Shopping for Ceramic Tile – Knowing the Guidelines

    Date: 2011.08.30 | Category: Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    When it comes to choosing ceramic tile, there are many things you should look for regarding performance and quality levels. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) together with the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) establish guidelines for tile manufacturing in the United States. These standards will help you choose the right tile based on your different projects.

    ANSI 137.1 (1988) presents standard specifications for ceramic tile. It lists and defines various types, sizes, physical properties, and grading procedures for ceramic tile, including mosaic tile, quarry tile, pressed floor tile, glazed wall tile, porcelain tile, trim units, and specialty tile.

    This standard also provides quality criteria for considerations such as these:

    Visual Inspection: Establishes whether a tile is classified as standard or second grade. Standard tiles pass the minimum inspection when viewed at 3′, second grade passes at 10′.

    Coefficient of Friction tell us how much effort it takes to move an object across the face of the tile dry or wet. This plays a huge role when choosing floor tiles and minimizing slipping injuries.

    Water Absorption: Does the tile absorb more than 7% water (non-vitreous) 3%-7% water (semi-vitreous) .5%-3% water (vitreous) or less than .5% water (impervious)? This is important when selecting tile that will belong in a wet environment.

    Breaking Strength: the tile’s minimum acceptable breaking strength

    Abrasive Hardness: The higher the number, the harder the tiles surface.

    Chemical Resistance of the tile.

    Impact Resistance: Using an 1/16″ diameter striker, the tiles resistance to chipping is tested.

    This is just a sample of the guidelines that are established under this standard. Read more here. 

    Be sure your ceramic tile is manufactured in accordance with the standards outlined in ANSI 137.1 1988.



  • How to Replace a Broken Tile

    Date: 2011.05.19 | Category: Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    Maybe there is that one tile in an otherwise perfect floor that draws your eye. We are talking about a chipped or broken tile that needs repairing! With these steps you can have you tile floor looking like new again.

    1. Remove the Surrounding Grout
    2. Loosen the Tile
    3. Chisel Out the Pieces
    4. Set the New Tile
    5. Fill the Joint with Grout
    6. Allow the Grout to Dry

    If you need help with your chipped or broken tile, please don’t hesitate to email or give us a call. We are here to help.

  • Italian Flooring

    Date: 2011.04.20 | Category: Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

    We recently received this question on our blog:
    Hi! i need to ask something about the Italian style flooring. is there any typical Italian rustic flooring like using a borders, terracotta, ceramic or else?

    In order to adequately answer the question, we thought we would turn it into a blog post!

    There really isn’t a particular style of Italian flooring.  The Italian tile manufacturers are some of the most innovative in the world and are constantly introducing new styles.  Many of the latest trends that we see here in the United States are old news to the Italian tile consumer. The Italian tile consumer also tends to be a little more daring in their design choices with ceramic tile and natural stone.  This is apparent in their wide use of interesting colors, designs and patterns that are often avoided by the American Consumer, who is oftentimes more concerned about resale value than personal taste.

    In any case, perhaps you are thinking more along the lines of the iconic Mediterranean “look” that often features white-washed stucco walls with clay tile roofs and terracotta colored flooring.
    This is Saltillo Tile which is a handmade clay tile that is very commonly used in Mediterranean style homes.

    There are a number of decorative tiles included with this series, but many manufacturers have hundreds of painted decorative saltillo tiles as in the photo below:

    decorative saltillo tiles

    Here is another from daltile that may not have an inherently “Italian” or Mediterranean look, but as you can see in the room scene, it can be given such a twist with a few accent pieces.

    A Crossville product called Tuscan Clay (shown below) also has a distinctly Mediterranean Look.

    In any case, if you stop by our showroom with a few pictures of room scenes that have the look you are hoping to replicate, I am confident that we can help you find the right tiles to complete your project.