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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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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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How Not to Install Tile on Floors, Walls and in Showers

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 25, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps, Hiring a Tile Installer

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Sometimes, the best way to explain how important it is to work with a Certified Tile Installer (CTI) is to show you how not to install tile on floors, walls and in showers.

This article focuses on a real-life situation where those doing the work (aka tile placers) clearly did not have the knowledge, expertise or experience to deliver a high quality tile installation. They were not CTIs.  Although originally published on 9/27/2016, it continues to speak directly and strongly about unqualified labor and the perils of poorly installed tile.

Let's explore this master bathroom installation to better understand what went wrong.

>> See Hiring a Tile Installer? Here's What to Look For.

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Two Yes or No Questions for Hiring a Tile Setter

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 11, 2018 9:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Hiring a Tile Installer

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As you might imagine, knowing how to hire the right tile setter is a big deal for homeowners and commercial owners. That's why we developed the homeowner's guide to hiring qualified tile installers, and we'll soon have one geared toward architects, designers and other tile installation project specifiers. 

In fact, it's such a big deal that it regularly comes up as a blog article topic - for example, Mark Heinlein  NTCA Training Director and Presenter shared with us how to Qualify Your Tile Installation Contractor With These 5 Questions - as well as in comments and conversations. Hence this blog article about two questions to ask.

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The Tile Installation Experience with Scott Carothers at Coverings

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 19, 2018 9:15:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Hiring a Tile Installer, Installation + Design

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Or, Why You Should Always Work with Qualified Tile Installers

Did you get to tour the Tile Installation Experience at Coverings 2018? Whether you did or didn't, here's your chance to review and appreciate what makes working with Qualified Tile Installers truly unique - in terms of best practices you can expect and bad practices you will want to avoid.

We've even included a Facebook Live tour with Scott Carothers that Floor Covering Installer magazine conducted during Coverings.

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The Ultimate Guide to Finding Tile Installers for Homeowners

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 6, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Hiring a Tile Installer

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it! We've just put together the ultimate guide to finding tile installers for homeowners. Will you help us get the word out?

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Qualify Your Tile Installation Contractor With These 5 Questions

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 30, 2018 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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Where Do You Find Porcelain Tile Installation Standards and More?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 24, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps, Hiring a Tile Installer

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If you're having porcelain tile installed and you're looking for confirmation or validation that the project will be completed correctly, where do you go?

We recommend two paths:

  1. Know where to find porcelain tile installation standards
  2. Know where to find tile installation experts for the project

Let's explore.

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How to Deal With Tile Installation Problems?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 28, 2017 9:00:00 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. What options do you have for dealing with yourtile installation problems?

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

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Looking to Hire a Tile Installer? Here's Your Roadmap.

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Hiring a Tile Installer

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So, you're ready to hire a tile installer for that stone-glass mixed mosaic decorative border that will look perfect with the large format wall tile and wood plank floor tile you selected. What are your next steps?

Here's the roadmap we've put together for you based on years of experience ensuring that tile gets installed correctly the first time because your tile installer is truly considered qualified labor.

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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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