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How Do You Celebrate National Tile Day?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 23, 2024 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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Addressing Low Grout Joints with Tile Installation Standards

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 6, 2024 8:30:00 AM / 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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15 Tile Installation Resolutions for 2024

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

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Happy New Year! Are you ready to make tile installation resolutions for 2024?

If you're already in the know, think of these resolutions as 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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Take the CTI Hands-on Thanks to TEC! TISE24

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 5, 2023 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team

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Are you ready to take the CTI Hands-on Test at TISE24? If yes, you are in for a treat thanks to TEC!

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It's #GivingTuesday! Please Support CTEF

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 28, 2023 8:00:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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Today, November 28th is #GivingTuesday. Will you support CTEF? 

We're celebrating tile installation training, education, and certification, honoring all those who make CTEF's work possible, and counting on your support for the new CTEF Egg Harbor City, NJ training facility!

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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Beginning, Intermediate Training Classes Qualify for FCEF “100 in 100”

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 21, 2023 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF, Tile Education & Training

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Do You Know About the '100 in 100'?

It's a wonderful program that the Floor Covering Education Foundation recently announced. If you're new to tile installation, you can benefit from it.

You'll find details below, including CTEF training programs that are eligible.

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Tile Over It or Take It Up?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 24, 2023 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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If you've been installing tile for a while, you've certainly encountered situations where you were asked about tiling over an existing tile installation rather than taking up the tile and/or underlayment and starting from fresh. How did you respond? 

Here are two situations Mark Heinlein CTI #1112 and National Tile Contractors Association
Training Director to help explore possible responses.

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Stone Forensics on the Importance of Hiring Certified Tile Installers

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 29, 2023 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program

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Fred Hueston, President and Founder of Stone Forensics, recently published Why It Is Important to Hire a Certified Tile Installer, Including CTEF Certification. Have you read it?

The article is so powerful that - with Fred's permission - we are sharing highlights with you here.

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Fight Subpar Tile Installation Says John Trent CTI #277

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 15, 2023 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Qualified Labor Series

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Horrified about subpar tile installation? Become a Certified Tile Installer. That's according to John Trent CTI #277, a former tile installer, and former territory manager for Schluter Systems since 2012. He was one of those subpar installers who now encourages all installers he meets to become Qualified Labor.

John is next in the CTEF Blog series about Qualified Labor based on an article in TileLetter.com titled John Trent: Certification - fighting the good fight against sub-par installations.

Note that this article is part of the CTEF classics, capturing valuable insights from the first CTIs.

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CTEF Online Auction: 8/20 through 8/27. Mark Your Calendar!

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 18, 2023 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, please mark your calendar for the August CTEF Online Auction.

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