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Certified Tile Installers #TransformTheTrade

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 2, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF, Certified Tile Installer Program, Qualified Labor Series

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In a nutshell, tile installation certification programs transform the tile trade and industry for the better. Those programs include the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program as well as the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) program#TransformTheTrade   

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How Acceptable is Warped Tile?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 26, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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If  you think that warped tile isn't acceptable, we're here to help you  understand what is and what isn't acceptable. You see, there are two categories to consider: inherent (actual) warpage and excessive warpage.

Actual warpage is a function of the tile manufacturing process. It's something qualified tile installers and Certified Tile Installers take into consideration.

Excessive warpage may indicate a bigger issue.

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How To Cut Tile and Manage Time (Video)

[fa icon="calendar'] May 19, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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When you cut tile for an installation project, how much do you think about time management?

If you're a professional, chances are that you constantly think about how to manage your time. After all, your time is money. How well you make use of that time affects how long it takes you to complete tile installations, the quality of your work, and how many client projects you can commit to.

This is true even when you cut tile.

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How to Deal With Tile Installation Problems?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 12, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Hiring a Tile Installer

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Perhaps you're a homeowner who is unhappy with the results of a tile job. If so, are you aware of what options you have for dealing with your tile installation problems?

Let's explore common sources of installation issues and what options you have for addressing those problems.

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How To Deal With Non-Linear Expansion Joints

[fa icon="calendar'] May 5, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Installing Tile TIps

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How do you deal with expansion joints in an installation that is non-linear? You can't ignore them or you'll wind up with a nasty surprise. You can't necessarily change your tile layout so your movement joint is linear. So what can you do?

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

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 28, 2020 8:30:00 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.

Special thanks to Sal DiBlasi for basing a video on this article. ♥

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Register Now. Pay Later. #BecomeaCTI

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 21, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program

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Have you heard? You can Register Now. Pay Later. to #BecomeaCTI!

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Tile Patterns Require Balance and Common Sense

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 14, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Perhaps it seems self-evident that the tile patterns you select need to be balanced when installed. And, yet, simply based on photos readily available, balance and common sense don't always go hand-in-hand.

Especially when your tile choices come in so many more sizes, shapes, patterns, and colors than in the past.  Along with this availability comes creativity with endless possibilities.

Today we will focus on one of these options – the pattern.  Combining these tiles, whether square or rectangular, with an offset pattern creates a unique visual many times not realized in is square or stacked design.

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Have You Considered the Tile Trade Instead of College?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 7, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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College isn't for everyone. That's where the tile trade comes in. Have you considered it?

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Why Tiling an Elevator Floor May Not Be a Good Idea

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 31, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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Perhaps tiling an elevator isn't at the top of the average homeowner's list of tile installation questions, however it is one that matters to owners, architects, designers and tile contractors involved in multi-story buildings - including residential ones - with elevators.

In this article, we specifically address a question about using tile for an elevator floor, sharing with you how Mark Heinlein CTI #1112 and Robb Roderick CTI #727 respond in their role as National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) Technical Trainers. 

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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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