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CTEF Blog - About Tile Education and Installer Certification

Why Certified Tile Installers Matter to Avalon Flooring

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 12, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program

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Not only do retailers such as Avalon Flooring value Certified Tile Installers, but, in becoming certified, tile installers can gain more and better customers. If you're not certified, what are you waiting for?

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Do You Have Enough Mortar to Accommodate Tile Warpage?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 5, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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When you install tile, do you ensure that you have enough mortar to accommodate inherent (actual) tile warpage associated with large format tile?

Tile sizes are changing; getting larger, longer and proportionately having more inherent warpage. Likewise, changes are being seen in tile installation methods, using thin set and large and heavy tile mortars to accommodate tile warpage.

Let's review what's involved.

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Money Won't Buy You Tile Certification

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 29, 2019 11:45:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Qualified Labor Series

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To borrow from the original Fab Four, money won't buy you tile certification.  Rather it's your experience and skill as a tile setter that allows you to validate your tile installation skills as a Certified Tile Installer.

That's according to Mike McLawhorn CTI #188 and Territory Sales Manager for HB Fuller. 

Mike is next in the CTEF Blog series about Qualified Labor based on an article in TileLetter.com titled Mike McLawhorn: CTI credentials are confirmation of tile setter knowledge that money can’t buy.

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The Top Ten Requirements for a Quality Tile Installation

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 22, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps, Hiring a Tile Installer

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What does it take to ensure that you have a quality tile installation? Based on our experience, knowledge and work with the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook, we have identified ten requirements. 

Note that these aren't all industry requirements. However, they all contribute to a quality tile installation.

Here they are.

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Do You Ignore Grout Manufacturer Directions?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 15, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott

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I certainly hope you don't ignore grout manufacturer directions which just about guarantees that your tile installation will fail. In fact, that's true for just about all the products tile installers use. For the sake of this article, though, I'll focus on grout and more specifically High Performance Cement Grouts.

Here's why you need to take the grout manufacturer's directions seriously.

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15 Tile Installation Resolutions for 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 8, 2019 9:00:00 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 2019. 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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Need Tile Setters? Focus On Qualified Labor

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 18, 2018 9:15:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Certified Tile Installer Program, Hiring a Tile Installer

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Yes, there's a labor shortage out there. But that's not a reason for abandoning standards and hiring just anybody. You need Qualified Labor - especially when it comes to tile setters or installers. Why? Because tile isn't just a decorative layer in home or commercial buildings. It must meet specific standards so that it performs as it should over time.

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Never Assume You Have Sufficient Mortar Coverage. Check It.

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 4, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Is the mortar coverage under the tile you install really important? You bet. Do you just assume that you are getting sufficient coverage?  I hope not.

As often as mortar coverage comes up in articles about tile installation, you'd think that the problem would go away.  Unfortunatelyit hasn’t, especially in exterior and shower areas, for natural stone tile, and even high profile commercial installations.

If you want your tile installation to function as it should, then don't assume you have sufficient mortar coverage. Check it. That's the best way to avoid costly callbacks and ensure a successful installation .

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How to Install Tile with Electrical Radiant Heating

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 4, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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Tile is a natural for radiant heating.

However, installing tile with radiant heating can get overwhelming when you realize that the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook includes multiple methods that address this type of installation. The details vary somewhat depending on the structure you are working on and which type heat source your radiant system uses - hydronic or electrical.

  • On ground concrete
  • Above ground concrete
  • Wood subfloor / joist system

Fortunately, Mark Heinlein CTI #1112 and National Tile Contractors Association Training Director, Technical Trainer / Presenter shares his expertise in this article.

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Fight Subpar Tile Installation Says John Trent CTI #277

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 27, 2018 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 now a 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.

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