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CTEF Blog - About Tile Education and Installer Certification

Have You Considered the Tile Trade Instead of College?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 7, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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College isn't for everyone. That's where the tile trade comes in. Have you considered it?

Comparing College to the Tile Trade

The Cost of College

College education costs a great deal of money. In fact, it costs so much money that it often requires that the student and even the student's parents to take out loans to pay for that schooling.

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Why Tiling an Elevator Floor May Not Be a Good Idea

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 31, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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Perhaps tiling an elevator isn't at the top of the average homeowner's list of tile installation questions, however it is one that matters to owners, architects, designers and tile contractors involved in multi-story buildings - including residential ones - with elevators.

In this article, we specifically address a question about using tile for an elevator floor, sharing with you how Mark Heinlein CTI #1112 and Robb Roderick CTI #727 respond in their role as National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) Technical Trainers. 

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How to Prepare for Tile Shade Variation

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 24, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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How do you handle tile shade variation? Do you make a point of bringing it up with customers before starting a tile installation project? If you don't, I urge you to do so. Not only is it a great opportunity to educate your customers about tile installation methods, standards and best practices, but it also helps you avoid what I refer to as the "Five-O-Five Surprise."

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Looking to Hire a Tile Installer? Here's Your Roadmap.

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 17, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Hiring a Tile Installer

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So, you're ready to hire a tile installer for that stone-glass mixed mosaic decorative border that will look perfect with the large format wall tile and wood plank floor tile you selected. What are your next steps? Follow this roadmap.

We've put it together for you based on years of experience ensuring that tile gets installed correctly the first time because your tile installer is truly considered Qualified Labor.

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Grout Joint Offsets and Wood Plank Tile

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

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Wood plank tile: it's beautiful and offers so many advantages over hardwood floors. What kind of grout joint offsets should you work with?

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What's an Ideal Sustainable Building Material? Tile Of Course!

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 3, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Did you know that tile is an ideal sustainable building material for the home? Not only is it beautiful, practical, intensely visual and long-lasting, but it's eco-friendly, too! Talk about the perfect design solution for floors and walls especially when combined with expert installation and Certified Tile Installers.

To explain what makes tile such a natural choice, the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) has developed three powerful resources - not to mention the WhyTile.com site. Let's explore them.

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How Do You Celebrate National Tile Day?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 23, 2020 8:00:00 AM / 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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What a Pyrite Wall Failure Teaches You About Proper Tile Installation

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 18, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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Here we have a pyrite wall failure. What do you think it teaches about proper tile installation?

On this blog, you read about best practices for quality tile installations and how Certified Tile Installers (CTIs) go about installing tile. You've also heard them refer to having their work taken apart and inspected as part of the CTI hands-on test.

That same approach is how Mark Heinlein CTI #1112 and Robb Roderick  CTI #727 troubleshoot tile installation issues in their role as National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) Technical Trainers. In this article, they respond to a failed installation of pyrite tile on a wall.

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Top 15 Tips for #BecomeaCTI Success

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 11, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF, Certified Tile Installer Program

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What are your top tips for becoming a CTI? 

The CTEF Certified Tile Installer program is regularly described as the toughest 25 square feet you'll ever have to tile. It's intense, but not impossible if you're prepared.

To that end, here are our 15 top tips for success, including advice from Mark Heinlein CTI #1112. We invite you to share yours and we'll add them to the list.

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Have You Adequately Prepped the Substrate for Tile?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 4, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott

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How well do you prep substrate for tile? Do you take the time to check it out before you start installing tile?

The quality of the tile work that the consumer sees on the surface is only as good as what is underneath. This seems to be a simple statement, but if the appropriate prep work is not completed, the final appearance may not be acceptable, not to mention that it may lead to failure.

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Certified Tile Installer Mike Corona says,

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.

Mike Corona CTI #923 Corona Marble and Tile

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