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Visalia Ceramic Tile Installs Luxe Cottage at Coverings18

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 17, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Another Five Star Contractor company returned to the Installation Design Showcase at Coverings 2018: Visalia Ceramic Tile, Inc. The company collaborated with Brittney Ferren of The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry to complete the Luxe Cottage using tile products from Ceramics of Italy.

We caught up with Sam Bruce to get the low down on the 2018 installation.

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The First Ever CTI Challenge - Coverings 2018

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 10, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design, Qualified Labor Series

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Did you have a chance to witness the first ever CTI Challenge? It took place during Coverings 2018 in the Installation Experience space, pitting two intensely passionate Certified Tile Installer teams to complete an ambitious installation over three days. The installation had to meet tile industry standards and guidelines.  

Here's a recap.

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Coverings 2018 Welcomes DW Sanders to Installation Design Showcase

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 3, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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The Coverings 2018 tiny house version of the Installation Design Showcase featured a new installation team from DW Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting which collaborated with Jeffrey Bruce Baker Designs on the Smart Modern Living tiny house.

Owner Woody Sanders is not only himself a Certified Tile Installer (#1295) and his company an NTCA Five Star Contractor, but he is also a CTEF Regional Evaluator.

We caught up with Woody to learn more about his experience participating in the Installation Design Showcase.

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J&R Tile Installs Gauged Porcelain Tile in Coverings 2018 Tiny House

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 26, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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The tiny house version of the Installation Design Showcase returned to Coverings 2018 and so did J&R Tile which focused on installing gauged porcelain tile panels in addition to glass tile.

If you missed their 2017 installation, you can learn more about it in J&R Tile's Erin Albrecht Talks Tile in a Tiny House.

We caught up again with Eric Albrecht to get the low down on the 2018 installation which the J&R Tile team completed in association with Rita Carson Guest of Carson Guest Interior Design.

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The Tile Installation Experience with Scott Carothers at Coverings

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 19, 2018 9:15:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Hiring a Tile Installer, Installation + Design

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Or, Why You Should Always Work with Qualified Tile Installers

Did you get to tour the Tile Installation Experience at Coverings 2018? Whether you did or didn't, here's your chance to review and appreciate what makes working with Qualified Tile Installers truly unique - in terms of best practices you can expect and bad practices you will want to avoid.

We've even included a Facebook Live tour with Scott Carothers that Floor Covering Installer magazine conducted during Coverings.

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Why You Need to Eliminate Spot Bonding When Installing Ceramic Tile

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 5, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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I hope you don't use spot bonding or "five spotting" when installing ceramic tile. It's a problem that's high on the list of failure questions received by the CTEF offices when things go wrong. 

It’s also one we featured at Coverings 2018 in the Installation Experience Hall of Failures.

In case you didn't read How to Correctly Trowel Mortar When Installing Tile? or you still think it's okay, let's review in detail why you need to eliminate even the thought of using spot bonding for your ceramic tile installation projects.

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How Proper Planning Ensures a Happy Tile Installation

[fa icon="calendar'] May 29, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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If you've been reading the articles on this blog, you're familiar with the importance of carefully planning your installation ahead of time, and ensuring that you've obtained approval on a mockup from everyone involved - architect and/or designer, general contractor and, of course, the owner - before you start installing. 

In case you still don't believe that it matters, this article is for you.

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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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