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[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 14, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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Do you shop at amazon.com? If yes, please consider going to smile.amazon.com instead so you can support CTEF.

An Easy Way to Support CTEF When You Shop at Amazon!

Did you know that there's an easy way to financially support CTEF without it costing you anything? That's where the AmazonSmile program comes in.

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The Ultimate Guide to Underlayment for Tile

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 30, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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For a beautiful and long-lasting tile installation, you need to ensure that every facet of the job is completed properly according to tile industry standards and best practices. The key element here is the foundation of the installation and that's where underlayment for tile solves a multitude of problems.

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Order Your CTEF + THF Coloring Book: Fund-Raiser!

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 16, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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Support the tile industry, de-stress with tile inspiration, give a gift that makes tile education, certification, and heritage possible. All that just in time for the holidays!

Or for any occasion.

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How to Install Tile with Electrical Radiant Heating

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 2, 2021 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 of 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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How to Deal with Flooded Tile Installations

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 19, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Installing Tile TIps

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Flooded tile installations have been top-of-mind lately given two extreme hurricanes within two weeks. In anticipation of questions, we're pooling together advice about how commonly dry area tile installations act as a submerged swimming pool-like installation for a period of time.

Since we don't have all the answers, we anticipate this article being a work-in-progress. As we come upon new information, Robb Roderick CTI #727 and Mark Heinlein CTI #1112 - both National Tile Contractors Association trainers - and I will add to this discussion. 

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Qualify Your Tile Installation Contractor With These 5 Questions

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 5, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Hiring a Tile Installer

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If you're like most homeowners, you want a qualified tile installer and great installation for your bathroom, kitchen, or home remodel. How then to qualify your tile installation contractor?

In this article, Mark Heinlein CTI #1112 and National Tile Contractors Association Training Director and Technical Trainer / Presenter shares his simple formula for qualifying installation professionals. He explains,

"If a consumer knows to ask my 5 questions and if a contractor can respond appropriately, it’s the start of a success story for everyone."

We'll take you through Mark's five questions that homeowners should be asking to ensure they hire a qualified tile contractor. 

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Have You Added Tile Edge Protection to Your Installation Project?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 14, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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How often are you including tile edge protection in your tile assembly specifications? Although not required for all installations, edge protection absolutely provides better results.

Ultimately, if you're serious about delivering only high-quality installations of ceramic, porcelain, and stone tile, you must have the hand-skills to put the entire tile assembly into place along with the knowledge of what products are available to finish the project successfully.

Thinking about protecting tile edges is a perfect example. 

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Installing Large Format Glass Tile in a Shower: 10 Steps to Follow

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 31, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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If you're installing large format glass tile (per ANSI A137.2, any tile larger than 3” x 3” or nine square inches) in a shower, do you know what steps to follow and questions to ask? As we've mentioned in previous articles, installing tile in showers requires careful preparation given the extreme environment working showers create. Large glass tile can add to the complexity.

>> See How to Deal with Tile Discoloration in a Shower

In this article, NTCA Technical Trainer Mark Heinlein CTI #1112 shares his advice on how to prepare for this project which involves 3x12 glass tile (aka subway tile) which is considered a large format for glass.

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NTCA Reference Manual: An Invaluable Tool for the Tile Industry

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 17, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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Are you familiar with the NTCA Reference Manual? It's an invaluable tool for the tile industry and a well-respected companion document to the TCNA Handbook for Ceramic, Glass, and Stone Tile Installation and ANSI standards. 

We caught up with Bart Bettiga, Executive Director of the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) to learn more.

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How to Evaluate a Finished Tile Installation

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 3, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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What goes into evaluating a finished tile installation?

At times, this can be the most frustrating part of the project - for both the installer and the homeowner or project owner. Why? Because of finished tile expectations, naturally-occurring variations and other unexpected situations that fall within industry standards.

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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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