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How to Deal with Tile Discoloration in a Shower

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 19, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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Have you encountered tile discoloration in a shower?

Showers, because they are inherently and intensely wet, tend to be harsh environments. They also tend not to be forgiving of uninformed installations. That's why employing Certified Tile Installers is so important. They know to anticipate situations such as tile discoloration in a shower because they take very seriously the TCNA Handbook, the ANSI Standards and manufacturer instructions.

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15 Tile Installation Resolutions for 2021

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 5, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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It's a brand-new year and an ideal time to make tile installation resolutions for 2021.

If you're already in the know, consider these a refresher. And, if you're new to the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation and the Certified Tile Installer Program, then consider this your introduction to a bold, new standards-based, methodical approach to installing ceramic tile.

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Shop at Smile.Amazon.com and Support CTEF

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 15, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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Did you know that there's an easy way to financially support CTEF without it costing you anything? That's where AmazonSmile comes in.

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How to Correctly Trowel Mortar When Installing Tile?

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 8, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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If you're asking how to trowel mortar when installing tile, realize that you are asking a fundamentally critical question. It's so critical that readers like you have made this CTEF Blog article the one with the highest readership since we originally published it on June 7, 2016.

You see, when thin set mortar is incorrectly applied, the installation will many times fail. More likely than not, the tile will break - as you see in the image below.

Not a good situation for the customer and a terrible one for everyone involved in installing tile correctly.

Let's focus then on how to properly apply the mortar.

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It's #GivingTuesday! Please Support CTEF

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 1, 2020 8:00:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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Today, December 1st is #GivingTuesday. Will you support CTEF? 

We're celebrating #TransformTheTrade and #BecomeaCTI, and honoring all those who make CTEF's work possible.

Will you participate? Will you join this Global Generosity movement with us to raise funds and awareness for tile installation certification and education

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Tile Installation and Design Must Work Together Says Alena Capra

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 17, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Ceramic tile installation and design must work together.

In fact, as designer Alena Capra, principal of Alena Capra Designs and the Coverings Industry Ambassador, explains it's critical. There must be synergy between the two. She should know given her  involvement in the Coverings Installation Design Showcase, how frequently she features tile in her designs, and her long association with Coverings.

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Honoring Expansion Joints in a Concrete Floor

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 10, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Do You Honor Expansion Joints in a Concrete Floor?

You do, right? Honoring expansion joints in a concrete floor is critical to the success of a ceramic tile floor installation.

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Support CTEF on #GivingTuesday

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 3, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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Have you saved December 1st for #GivingTuesday? It's a great way to support organizations such as CTEF...

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Is Your Floor or Wall Flat Enough for Large Format Tile?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 27, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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How prepared are you for installing Large Format Tile (LFT) or Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels (GTPT) and ensuring you have a surface that is adequately flat?

It's a big deal and worth considering before you get started

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CTEF Online Auction: 10/21 through 10/26. Mark Your Calendar!

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 20, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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Are you getting ready to stock up on tile installation tools, products, and materials? If yes, then please mark your calendar for the October CTEF Online Auction.

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You don't become a tile installer or a business owner overnight. It takes time, enthusiasm, pride, reliability, respectfulness, a willingness to learn, and dedication. No two jobs are the same; each one has its own unique nuances. As a qualified installer, you need to be able to communicate how to deal with those nuances and qualify yourself to not only meet but exceed expectations. Being qualified will exponentially increase your value and you will have endless opportunities.

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