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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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Gridlines vs. Spacers: Which is Better When Installing Tile?

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

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When you're installing tile, do you use gridlines or spacers? Why do you do so?

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The TCNA Handbook for Ceramic, Glass and Stone Tile Installation

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 1, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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If you spend time with anyone involved in the proper installation of ceramic tile, the TCNA Handbook for Ceramic, Glass, and Stone Tile Installation will be the focal point of the conversation.  Why? Because this useful guide assists in clarifying and standardizing installation specifications for tile.

In addition to providing a selection of numbered installation "methods" for differentiating and easy reference, the Handbook includes various product selection guides for ceramic, glass, and stone tiles; guidelines for wet areas; field and installation requirements, and more.

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Tips for Specifying Tile, Stone & Glass for Kitchen & Bath Installations

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 18, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps, Hiring a Tile Installer, Installation + Design

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Have you wondered what goes into specifying ceramic tile, stone and glass for kitchen and bath installations - especially if you want those installations to be successful? That's what Scott Carothers focused on in his NKBA presentation, using stunning installation examples.

Here's a summary with highlights and the actual presentation included at the end of the article.

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Register for Coverings Connected: August 26

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 11, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF, Installation + Design

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Have you registered for your August dose of Coverings Connected? If not, time to do so! It takes place August 26, 2020, and includes three outstanding presentations.

More details below.

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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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