Posts Tagged ‘residential tile’

  • 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!

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

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

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    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!

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    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!

  • Tile Inspiration

    Date: 2010.12.04 | Category: Bathrooms, Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

    The holiday season is in full swing and winter is definitely here in Gettysburg, PA. As more of us will be spending a lot of time indoors and in our homes, it might be that time to start asking yourself what changes you will be making to your home in the New Year. As you’re decorating the house, baking or just hanging out today here are some photo inspirations for you to take a look at…

    Bold, eye-catching tile entryway

    Beautiful mosaic floor

    Intricate tile work on a fireplace. This will be nice and cozy for the holidays!

    Everything we do is custom! The different ways tile can be used in your home is only limited by your imagination. Our designers are always ready to help you create a one-of-a-kind look for your home.

    For more photo inspiration visit here.

  • Quarry Tile in the Home

    Date: 2010.08.20 | Category: Custom Tile, Kitchens, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

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    Quarry tile is an unglazed, natural clay tile, usually 3/8″ to 1/2″ thick (thicker than its ceramic counterparts) and is limited to mostly natural colors of red, brown or gray.  Quarry tile is a great option for high-traffic flooring spaces since it is one of the toughest, wear-resistant materials available.

    Using Quarry Tile in your Home:

    Quarry tiles can give a nice, unique, warm feel to certain rooms in the home, such as a sunroom, entryway, or even a kitchen. A possibility may be a room with a “Spanish feel.” Again, a high-traffic spot would be a great place for quarry tile (indoors and outdoors). Another reason for this is its rough texture that provides great traction.

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    Keep in mind, unsealed quarry tile is highly absorbent and will hold stains that are nearly impossible to clean. Apply tile sealer to the entire surface to inhibit water absorption. Sealer on quarry tile does not change its color or give it a glossy texture. When sealed properly, your quarry tile will be very simple to care for. Not having a need for harsh chemical cleaners on the floor is certainly a plus!

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    A couple other things about quarry:

    - Great for budget conscious homeowners

    - A lot of  design possibilities and flexibility! Limitless patterns are possible since quarry tile can be cut into whatever design you like.