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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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Understanding Efflorescence aka that Ugly White Powder on Your Tile

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 30, 2019 9:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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We've all seen it: that really ugly white powder that grows on cement grout and also tile, stone, brick and concrete, particularly when it's installed someplace with moisture (i.e., in a basement or outdoors). That white residue is called efflorescence.

This article goes into detail about efflorescence, including situations that readers have shared with us since the article originally published in September 2016.

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Why a Tile Installation Mockup is Really Necessary

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 16, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps, Installation + Design

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Do you build a tile installation mockup for your customers? If you don't, we strongly encourage you to consider doing so.

Here's why.

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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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How To Install Glass Tile Correctly

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 2, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Do you know how to correctly install glass tile? After all, it's beautiful and on trend which usually means that customers will ask you about it for kitchen backsplashes, bathrooms, and showers. As you might imagine, this stunning product, when installed correctly, provides years of enjoyment. 

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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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The Top Tile Associations and Organizations

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 11, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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Every industry has its associations. What makes the tile industry particularly remarkable is the level of collaboration that takes place between its associations and organizations. The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) is an example of that collaboration, working with all those in the industry who are passionate about quality tile installation.

To give you some perspective on those dynamics, we've put together this updated list detailing each tile industry association. 

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Meet Heidi Cronin, CTEF Industry Liaison and Promotions Director

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 4, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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We have exciting news to share with you: there's a new member of the CTEF team! Her name is Heidi Cronin and she's been hired as CTEF Industry Liaison and Promotions Director.

This is a newly created role to support the next stage of evolution for CTEF. As Bart Bettiga Executive Director of the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and member of the CTEF Board of Directors says,

"We are pleased to welcome Heidi to CTEF in this newly created position. Given her professional experience and passion for Qualified Labor, we are confident that she will be instrumental in supporting the growth of the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program alongside Scott Carothers, Director of Certification and Training for CTEF, and shaping the tile and stone industry in the United States."

We caught up with Heidi to ask her a few questions.

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Are Credit Card Grout Joints Specified? First Check Tile Industry Standards.

[fa icon="calendar'] May 28, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Yes, credit card joints - as in grout joints the thickness of a credit card - are popular, but given tile industry standards, they aren't possible, appropriate or even recommended.

Many installers have had customers who have seen tile installations in a magazine or brochure which is exactly what they want in their homes. Unfortunately, the “look” they want to achieve with credit card thickness grout joints most likely will not be possible using the tile that has been selected.

Let's explore why.

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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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