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

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 11, 2016 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.

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5 Benefits of Being a Certified Tile Installer

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 23, 2016 8:30:00 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 to Look For.

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 14, 2016 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 most 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 Why Tile Is Being Used in More Rooms Than Ever

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.

Makes sense, right? There, however, is where hiring the right tile installer gets complicated.

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Prevent Problems: Read the Homeowner's Guide  to Hiring a Qualified Tile Installer

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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