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A Roadmap to Becoming a Tile Professional

[fa icon="calendar'] June 11, 2024 8:30:00 AM EDT / by Brad Denny posted in About CTEF, Tile Education & Training

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The roadmap to becoming a tile installation professional isn't easy. That said, CTEF is actively developing training to help you each step of the way as I detail in this article.

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The CTI Test at THASIE 2024

[fa icon="calendar'] May 21, 2024 8:30:00 AM EDT / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program

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A Certified Tile Installer hands-on test took place in conjunction with THASIE 2024 in Fresno, California. This article recaps the testing event and introduces you to those who participated. Thanks to Alice Dean, Top Floor Writer, you'll have a better feel for what motivated those who organized and subjected themselves to the toughest 25 square feet of tile you'll ever install.

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Never Assume You Have Sufficient Mortar Coverage. Check It.

[fa icon="calendar'] May 8, 2024 8:30:00 AM EDT / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Is the mortar coverage under the tile you install important? You bet. Do you just assume that you are getting sufficient coverage?  I hope not.

As often as mortar coverage comes up in articles about tile installation, you'd think that the problem would go away.  Unfortunatelyit hasn’t, especially in exterior and shower areas, for natural stone tile, and even high-profile commercial installations.

If you want your tile installation to function as it should, don't assume you have sufficient mortar coverage. Check it. That's the best way to avoid costly callbacks and ensure a successful installation .

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Do You Manage Your Tile Tools? (Video)

[fa icon="calendar'] April 23, 2024 8:30:00 AM EDT / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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Have you considered that how you manage your tile tools affects how you manage your time? It's a similar thought process to how you go about cutting tile.

Those who are Qualified Labor constantly think about how to manage time. After all, time is money. How well you make use of that time affects how long it takes you to complete tile installations, the quality of your work, and how many client projects you can commit to.

This is true with how you manage your tools. 

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How To Cut Tile and Manage Time (Video)

[fa icon="calendar'] April 2, 2024 8:30:00 AM EDT / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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When you cut tile for an installation project, do you spend much time thinking about how you manage time?

If you're a professional, chances are that you constantly think about how to manage your time - aka time management. After all, your time is money.

How well you use that time affects how long it takes you to complete tile installations, the quality of your work, and how many client projects you can commit to.

This is true even when you cut tile.

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From Bullnose to Metal Transition Profiles: CTI Hands-On Test Evolves

[fa icon="calendar'] March 12, 2024 10:15:00 AM EDT / by Brad Denny posted in About CTEF, Certified Tile Installer Program

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CTEF has evolved the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) hands-on test with a transition from bullnose to metal transition profiles. In this article, I'll share perspective on the change as, by now, you may have seen and heard about it.

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Why a Tile Installation Mockup is Really Necessary

[fa icon="calendar'] February 27, 2024 8:30:00 AM EST / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps, Installation + Design

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Do you build a tile installation mockup for your customers? If you don't, we strongly encourage you to consider doing so.

Here's why.

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How Do You Celebrate National Tile Day?

[fa icon="calendar'] February 23, 2024 8:00:00 AM EST / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Are You Inspired by Tile?

We are and that's why we're excited to join in on the National Tile Day celebrations by sharing with you highlights from current tile trends.

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Addressing Low Grout Joints with Tile Installation Standards

[fa icon="calendar'] February 6, 2024 8:30:00 AM EST / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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Have you looked at the photos in this article and noticed a real problem?  They all demonstrate low grout joints which do not meet the tile industry standards.  To meet these standards, the grout must adequately fill the space which obviously these examples do not. 

And yet, when the person who took these photos shared them with his builder on the job site, the builder did not believe that any standards existed or that there were any organizations that develop them.

Have you found yourself in a similar situation?

If yes, here's how to deal with low grout joints and understand tile installation standards.

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Are Credit Card Grout Joints Specified? Check Tile Industry Standards.

[fa icon="calendar'] January 23, 2024 8:30:00 AM EST / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Yes, credit card joints - as in grout joints the thickness of a credit card - are popular, but given tile industry standards, they aren't possible, appropriate, or even recommended.

Many installers have had customers who have seen tile installations in a magazine or brochure which is exactly what they want in their homes. Unfortunately, the “look” they want to achieve with credit card thickness grout joints most likely will not be possible using the tile that has been selected.

Let's explore why.

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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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