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When to Avoid Hiring a Tile Contractor: 10 Warning Signs!

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 15, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Hiring a Tile Installer, Installation + Design

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When you're hiring a tile contractor, you expect to have the work done right the first time. Unfortunately, you don't always have the benefit of seeing the contractor's work beforehand and realizing what you need to avoid (see How Not to Install Tile on Floors, Walls and in Showers).

That's why we've put together these warning signs to help you avoid hiring a tile contractor who is poorly qualified and more of a tile "placer." (Definition: tile placer - a person who does not have the skills, knowledge and experience to install the job correctly.)

That way, you can rest assured that the beautiful tile installation in your mind's eye has every opportunity to become reality and bring you delight for years to come.

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Passion for Certification on Tile Money: Interview with Heidi Cronin

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 8, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF, Certified Tile Installer Program

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Are you familiar with Tile Money? Created by tile contractor Luke Miller, this podcast/YouTube channel is all about helping other tile contractors run a successful and profitable tile business:

"Tile Money is the source of business knowledge and advice for today’s Tile Contractor."

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5+ Benefits of Being a Certified Tile Installer

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 24, 2019 8:45:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program, Hiring a Tile Installer

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Are you wondering how to leverage your Certified Tile Installer (CTI) status in your business? This well-earned professional distinction offers tile installation professionals many benefits as Mark Heinlein, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) Technical Trainer and Presenter and CTI #1112, explains in this article. 

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Why Scott Carothers Cares Intensely About Tile Installation Certification and Education

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 10, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF, Certified Tile Installer Program

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If you've spent any time in the tile industry, care deeply about quality tile installation, and embrace installing tile according to industry standards, you will have heard of Scott Carothers, director of certification and training for the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF).

And, if you follow the CTEF Blog, you’re surely familiar with the ‘Ask Scott’ article series

However, if you're new to tile and just exploring tile installation certification, Scott is someone you will soon encounter and quickly appreciate for his deep knowledge, high standards and intense passion. Not to mention his firsthand involvement in certification, both for the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program and the Advanced Certifications for Installers (ACT) program.

>> See What Types of Tile Certification Does CTEF Offer?

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Hiring a Tile Installer? Here's What You Need to Know

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 27, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Hiring a Tile Installer

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If you're hiring a tile installer, you are probably looking for a ceramic tile installation professional who will take the beautiful tiles you painstakingly selected and transform them into the floors or walls of your dream-come-true space.

>> See  Timeless Tile Installations That Delight the Senses

In other words, you want someone who has experience and knowledge of how to install tile correctly, without taking shortcuts, while ensuring that the final installation looks beautiful and performs as it should long after that installer is gone.

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Mike Sima CTI #1254 Holds Himself to Higher Tile Installation Standards

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 20, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Qualified Labor Series

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For Mike Sima CTI #1254, that's what it's all about and why he became a Certified Tile Installer. 

Mike is next in the CTEF Blog series about Qualified Labor based on articles in TileLetter.com published in June 2017 titled Certification: education and credentials add value to services offered by Mike Sima, Midtown Tile.

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Brad Denny CTI #1190 Discusses Hidden Oasis Tile Installation

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 6, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design, Qualified Labor Series

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Did you experience Hidden Oasis at Coverings 2019? It was one of the three stunning installations featured in the newly expanded Installation & Design Experience incorporated into the National Tile Contractors Association Booth. 

Brad Denny, vice president and COO of  Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Co, Inc.a Five Star Contractor of the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) located outside of Nashville, TN,  led the installation team behind this vignette. Brad is also Certified Tile Installer #1190 and intensely active in the tile industry:

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What is the Certified Tile Installer Program?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 9, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program

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Are you a tile contractor? Do you have at least two years of experience as a full-time lead tile installer? By experience we mean that you have full responsibility for substrate prep, layout, along with properly installing underlayment, tile, grout and sealant materials. If yes, consider becoming a Certified Tile Installer (CTI).

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CC Owen Tile Company Talks Tile Installation Excellence at Coverings

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 25, 2019 9:15:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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One of the highlights of Coverings, the yearly global tile and stone experience, is bringing together tile installation and design expertise to create the impossible under tight deadlines.

During Coverings 2019, this event was part of the newly expanded Installation & Design Experience incorporated into the National Tile Contractors Association Booth and included three vignettes. 

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Remembering Steve Rausch, CTEF Advocate for Quality

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 18, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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This article celebrates Steve Rausch, a passionate tile industry and CTEF advocate who never missed a moment to promote quality and Qualified Labor.

Steve passed away unexpectedly on June 8th, 2019. As you might imagine, all of us at CTEF will miss him. 

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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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