Posts Tagged ‘tile Gettysburg’

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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!


  • Hardwood Tile Trend

    Date: 2011.06.17 | Category: Bathrooms, Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

    A trend right now in bathroom tile is the look of hardwood flooring. We spoke a few posts back about mixing tile flooring with hardwood, but actual hardwood is not a great choice in a wet, bathroom setting. Faux hardwood porcelain tile, however, is something worth looking into! Porcelain tile made to look like hardwood looks beautiful in many different applications.

    Not only does the tile give that nice hardwood effect, it also plays up another current trend which is linear tile. Read a previous post about linear tile here. It is also much easier to care for than real hardwood!

    This porcelain tile fits right into the current trend. (From the Garretson Tile Showroom)


    Porcelain tile made to look like hardwood gives a nice, linear effect (from the Garretson Tile Showroom)


  • Talking Tile Trends

    Date: 2011.03.21 | Category: Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

    As if there weren’t already enough options of tiles to choose from, there are two new types of tile that are becoming increasingly popular.

    You can find glass tile in a limitless amount of colors and sizes making it ideal for people who really want to customize a specific look for their home.  Another benefit of glass tile is that it is easy to mix with various other styles and looks, so don’t feel intimidated to mix and match it with different appliances, cupboards or counter tops!

    photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy

    Another new trend is stainless steel tile! This modern look is not only meant for appliances anymore. As seen in the picture, it goes great in kitchens and brings a classy style to the decor.

    If you’re interested in seeing what other kinds of tile are out there, visit our website or stop in at our store to check out your options!