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How Do You Celebrate National Tile Day?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 23, 2021 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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How to Deal with Tile Discoloration in a Shower

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 19, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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Have you encountered tile discoloration in a shower?

Showers, because they are inherently and intensely wet, tend to be harsh environments. They also tend not to be forgiving of uninformed installations. That's why employing Certified Tile Installers is so important. They know to anticipate situations such as tile discoloration in a shower because they take very seriously the TCNA Handbook, the ANSI Standards and manufacturer instructions.

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15 Tile Installation Resolutions for 2021

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 5, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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It's a brand-new year and an ideal time to make tile installation resolutions for 2021.

If you're already in the know, consider these a refresher. And, if you're new to the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation and the Certified Tile Installer Program, then consider this your introduction to a bold, new standards-based, methodical approach to installing ceramic tile.

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Shop at Smile.Amazon.com and Support CTEF

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 15, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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Did you know that there's an easy way to financially support CTEF without it costing you anything? That's where AmazonSmile comes in.

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It's #GivingTuesday! Please Support CTEF

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 1, 2020 8:00:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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Today, December 1st is #GivingTuesday. Will you support CTEF? 

We're celebrating #TransformTheTrade and #BecomeaCTI, and honoring all those who make CTEF's work possible.

Will you participate? Will you join this Global Generosity movement with us to raise funds and awareness for tile installation certification and education

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Tile Installation and Design Must Work Together Says Alena Capra

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 17, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Ceramic tile installation and design must work together.

In fact, as designer Alena Capra, principal of Alena Capra Designs and the Coverings Industry Ambassador, explains it's critical. There must be synergy between the two. She should know given her  involvement in the Coverings Installation Design Showcase, how frequently she features tile in her designs, and her long association with Coverings.

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Support CTEF on #GivingTuesday

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 3, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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Have you saved December 1st for #GivingTuesday? It's a great way to support organizations such as CTEF...

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CTEF Online Auction: 10/21 through 10/26. Mark Your Calendar!

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 20, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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Are you getting ready to stock up on tile installation tools, products, and materials? If yes, then please mark your calendar for the October CTEF Online Auction.

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Video Details Hands-on Certified Tile Installer (CTI) Test

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 13, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program

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Have you seen this video by Sal DiBlasi about the hands-on Certified Tile Installer (CTI) test?

If you haven't and you're considering becoming certified, we encourage you to do so. We've even embedded it into this article.

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Nominate a Coverings Rock Star Today!

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 15, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF, Certified Tile Installer Program

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Do you know any tile industry Rock Stars? If you do, then nominate them for the Coverings 2021 Emerging Leaders Program, otherwise known as Coverings Rock Stars. You have until December 18, 2020.

Given that we're CTEF, we encourage you to nominate tile contractor Rock Stars today!

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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.

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