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The Ultimate Guide to Underlayment for Tile

[fa icon="calendar'] May 22, 2018 9:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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For a beautiful and long-lasting tile installation, you need to ensure that every facet of the job is completed properly according to tile industry standards and best practices. The key element here is the foundation of the installation and that's where underlayment for tile solves a multitude of problems.

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Certified Tile Installers Strengthen Brekhus Tile & Stone Professionalism

[fa icon="calendar'] May 15, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program

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If you're already committed to delivering the best quality and customer service, how can you strengthen your reputation? In the case of Brekhus Tile & Stone, the solution was simple: ensure that as many installer employees and subcontractors as possible become Certified Tile Installers, and apply to the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) to become a part of the Five Star Contractor program.

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Is Your Tile Layout Centered and Balanced, With No Small Cuts?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 8, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Do you spend time ensuring that your tile layout is centered and balanced, with no small cuts? I hope so since this the most effective way to ensure that a tile installation has a professionally installed appearance.

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There's Real Value to Being a Certified Tile Installer

[fa icon="calendar'] May 1, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Qualified Labor Series

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According to Steve Brace CTI #1152, becoming a Certified Tile Installer has delivered value not just to his customers, but also to his business.

Steve is next in the CTEF Blog series about Qualified Labor based on an article in TileLetter.com titled "Certification translates directly to increased business, fees and knowledge about details of the trade."

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Add Your Mark to the Global Monumental Hand-Print Mural Project

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 17, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Insider, About CTEF

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Are you familiar with the Global Monumental Hand-Print Mural Project?

It's a massively big project, conceived by the Tile Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and the preservation of ceramic surfaces. The mural honors all who participate in and contribute to the tile industry and supports Tile Heritage's vital tile industry archiving work. 

Will you participate? 

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How to Avoid Visible Trowel Ridges Through Translucent Glass Tile

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 10, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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Glass tile has truly captured the hearts of consumers in both the residential and commercial marketplaces, making it important for tile installers to understand how to avoid trowel ridges and marks that are visible through translucent glass tile.

Do you know the proper technique?

Let's explore how this is done with the help of Mark Heinlein CTI #1112National Tile Contractors Association Training Director and Technical Trainer / Presenter and CTEF Regional Evaluator.

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Getting the Coverage You Need Under Large Wall Tile

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 3, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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What challenges have you encountered getting the coverage you need under large wall tile? There are two aspects to this question. 

The first has to do size. Many projects today call for ever-increasing tile sizes, many of which are rectangular shapes such as 12” x 24”, 18” x 36”, 24” x 48”, and larger creating difficulties for the installer when bonding the tile to the substrate. 

>> See Do You Have Enough Mortar to Accommodate Most Tile Warpage?

The second has to do with walls.

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Elevate Your Reputation With Tile Certification: Martin Brookes Explains

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 27, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program

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Are you wondering how to elevate your reputation in the marketplace? When it comes to installing tile, the ideal way is through the CTEF tile certification programs.

Martin Brookes is the owner of Heritage Marble & Tile in Mill Valley, California. He's involved in the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), is a Five Star Contractor and a strong supporter of the CTEF tile certification programs. He has seen firsthand how certification affects the entire ethos of his business. Certification has enabled Heritage Marble & Tile to stand out not only as highly reputable and expert, but also as the San Francisco Bay Area Premier Tile Installation Company.

We caught up with Martin to learn more.

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Qualified Labor, Certification, Tile Industry Recognized: New CTEF Logo

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 20, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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Have you noticed the new CTEF logo? It's in two different flavors that both prominently feature the words "Qualified Labor, Certification and Tile Industry Recognized."

These words recognize that the CTEF installer certification programs (i.e., CTI and ACT) are tile industry recognized and define a tile installer with those designations as being ‘Qualified Labor.’

Let's explore in more detail.

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Meet a Serial CTI Test Host: Brent Stoller, Virginia Tile

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 13, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program

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Virginia Tile's Brent Stoller is a serial Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program hands-on testing host. In fact, he has hosted more tests in a single location than anyone else in the entire United States. He also regularly hosts Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) evaluations in the Virginia Tile facility in Kansas City, KS. As you can imagine, we're grateful for all that Brent and Virginia Tile have done to promote these programs along with finding the installers to take the tests. 

Brent is also actively involved in CTEF as a Board Member.

We recently caught up with him to learn more about his background and his intense commitment to the CTI program.

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