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The Ultimate Guide to Finding Tile Installers for Homeowners

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 1, 2022 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 put together the ultimate guide to finding tile installers for homeowners and would love to get it into their hands. Will you help us get the word out?

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Where Do You Find Porcelain Tile Installation Standards and More?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 1, 2022 8:30:00 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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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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Tips for Specifying Tile, Stone & Glass for Kitchen & Bath Installations

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 18, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps, Hiring a Tile Installer, Installation + Design

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Have you wondered what goes into specifying ceramic tile, stone and glass for kitchen and bath installations - especially if you want those installations to be successful? That's what Scott Carothers focused on in his NKBA presentation, using stunning installation examples.

Here's a summary with highlights and the actual presentation included at the end of the article.

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

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 17, 2020 8:30:00 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? Follow this roadmap.

We've put it 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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5+ Benefits of Being a Certified Tile Installer

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 24, 2019 8:45:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program, Hiring a Tile Installer

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Are you wondering how to leverage your Certified Tile Installer (CTI) status in your business? This well-earned professional distinction offers tile installation professionals many benefits as Mark Heinlein, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) Technical Trainer and Presenter and CTI #1112, explains in this article. 

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Hiring a Tile Installer? Here's What You Need to Know

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 27, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Hiring a Tile Installer

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If you're hiring a tile installer, you are probably looking for a ceramic tile installation professional who will take the beautiful tiles you painstakingly selected and transform them into the floors or walls of your dream-come-true space.

>> See  Timeless Tile Installations That Delight the Senses

In other words, you want someone who has experience and knowledge of how to install tile correctly, without taking shortcuts, while ensuring that the final installation looks beautiful and performs as it should long after that installer is gone.

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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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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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