Posts Tagged ‘tile’

  • 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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  • Selecting Tile for Sound Reduction

    Date: 2011.08.19 | Category: Custom Tile, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    When building a home that is adjoining to another, sound reduction is always a concern. Using tile to ensure peace is an option but there are few factors to take into consideration. Here are some terms one should understand when picking out sound effective tiles.

    • STC (sounds transmission class)-the single figure of evaluation used to quantify the transmission of airborne sound through building elements.
    • IIC (impact insulation class)-refers to the positive rating number that is used to compare and evaluate the construction in isolating impact noise.
    • Delta (IIC)-value added to the floor/ceiling assembly for a particular flooring product installed on top of actual floor construction.
    • Fiels IIC (FIIC)-positive rating number used to evaluate the performance of  a floor construction and the associated structure derived from field impact sounds measurements.
    • Sounds Transmission Class (STC)-positive rating number that is used to measure the effectiveness of sounds isolation in regards to audible, air-borne sound.

    Example of suitable products which are thin and provide sound reduction. Photo courtesy of Tile Magazine online.

    When all of these are considered along with tile size, grout and setting material, having a quiet environment is your choice.

    Make sure the sound reduction membrane is suitable for the tile being applied over it. Photo courtesy of Tile magazine online.


  • Inspirational Tile Artisans

    Date: 2011.08.01 | Category: Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

    Tile Magazine did a recent feature on Art and Specialty Tile. The article focused on three very different artisans and their inspiration behind their works. Just reading about their thought processes and creativity is extremely inspiring.

    Here are a few excerpts from the article about the artisans, but you will want to check out the full article here by Joann Locktov.

    Marie Gibbons: Tactile Memory Tile
    “Gibbons took to the street to create her “Urban” tile series. Rolling slabs on city streets, she memorialized the debris of Sidewalks: manhole covers, cracks, and asphalt joints. The 5” square fired slabs were washed with black acrylic, which was then scrubbed off to reveal the white clay body. The gritty abstractions that remain are a tactile memory of every street Gibbons has traversed. Growing up on Long Island, Gibbons balances urban reality with the beaches and more natural environment of her childhood. Both co-exist and inspire work that is derived from the freedom to explore.”

    The work of Marie Gibbons. Courtesy of Tile Magazine.

    Susan Tunick: The Color of Clay
    “Ceramic artist Susan Tunick has a penchant for scale and surface. All of her creations, site-specific sculptures, mosaic murals and individual bricks and tiles are testaments to architecture. The surfaces are intricately laced, lush in color and texture. Studying architectural ornamentation has given Tunick a heightened awareness of edges, shadows and context-both physical and historical.

    Tunick’s perforated tiles and brick Units…explore dimension. The perforated tiles are built with layers revealing surprising glimpses of pattern and depth. The perforations are witty reminders to both inspect and respect what lies beneath the facade.”

    Layered tile by Susan Tunick

    Art of Board: From Tailside to Tile
    “Scratched, dented, smashed, and abused, what to do with skateboard relics that are too damaged to carry their intrepid riders? Rich Moorhead appreciated the dense seven-ply laminated maple, the graffiti inspired graphics, and turned up tails. Where others saw broken sports equipment destined for landfill he saw an authentic surface material. Experimenting with the tools of the construction trade, he utilizes scroll and ban saws, routers, drills and sanders to create tile in four shapes, brick, cube, border and orb. He sorts the tile pieces by color, form and size. This gives a rhythm to the cacophony of pieces, the better to reconstruct walls, countertops, backsplashes, cladding and retail displays.

    Finished with sanded grout, the tile is being used in residential and commercial applications. What on first glance looks like a vibrant colored mosaic, is upon closer inspection an energetic expression of an irreverent sport that has been with us since the fifties. When Moorhead was commissioned to create tile cladding for a square column at Life Rolls On, a subsidiary of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, he integrated “positive orbs.” He searched his bins for life affirming words and images, cut them out in circles and placed them strategically amongst the carnival of scarred tiles. He also included a Superman logo in homage to the enduring Reeve film legacy.

    Skateboards are designed to be functional and illustrative, at Art of Board their purpose is sustained, without injury.”

  • World’s Largest Ceramic Tile Mural

    Date: 2011.04.14 | Category: Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

    We came across this gorgeous ceramic tile mural and thought it was too good not to share!

    image courtesy of HomeAccentsToday

    This mural at the Oran Convention Center in Oran, Algeria is compiled  of approximately 55,000 hand-painted tiles.  It measures 60 meters in length and 35.4 meters in width.  This is said to be the largest ceramic tile mural in the world! Beautiful!

  • 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!

    Image Courtesy of Interior Designs and Wallpapers

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

    Image Courtesy of ArchiExpo

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

    Image Courtesy of Designs and Decors

    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!

  • 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!