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Thin Tile Installation Expertise Creates Clubhouse Bar & Lounge

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 13, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Thin porcelain tile in large-size panels enables beautiful installations. However, gauged porcelain tile panels or slabs - as thin porcelain tile is now known as - requires specialized knowledge and expertise as you will learn from this interview with Dan Welch, President, Welch Tile and Stone, a second-generation tile, stone, and terrazzo installation company based in Kent City, Michigan.

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Expert Tile Installers and Designer Create a Retail Space at Coverings

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 9, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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During Coverings, the largest tile & stone exhibition in North America, the best and most expert tile installers collaborate with the most talented architects and designers to demonstrate what's possible in a tile installation. Depending on the venue, that process unfolds over the few days of the show.

During Coverings 2016, Artcraft Granite, Marble & Tile Company, a third-generation family business, teamed up with Designer Alena Capra, principal of Alena Capra Designs and the Coverings Industry Ambassador, to create a magnificent retail space for the Installation Design Showcase (IDS).

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How Do You Celebrate National Tile Day?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 23, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Are You Inspired by Tile?

We are and that's why we're excited to join in on the National Tile Day celebrations by sharing with you highlights from current tile trends.

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Tile Installation and Design Must Work Together Says Alena Capra

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 17, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Ceramic tile installation and design must work together.

In fact, as designer Alena Capra, principal of Alena Capra Designs and the Coverings Industry Ambassador, explains it's critical. There must be synergy between the two. She should know given her  involvement in the Coverings Installation Design Showcase, how frequently she features tile in her designs, and her long association with Coverings.

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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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Register for Coverings Connected: August 26

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 11, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF, Installation + Design

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Have you registered for your August dose of Coverings Connected? If not, time to do so! It takes place August 26, 2020, and includes three outstanding presentations.

More details below.

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Access Fundamentals of Thin Bed Knowledge at No Cost

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 4, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF, Installation + Design

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Have you heard? CTEF's “Fundamentals of Thin-Bed Knowledge” - otherwise known as the FTBK Guide - is now available at no cost to anyone associated with the tile industry. That's right no cost.

Furthermore, if you'd like to use your newly-found tile industry knowledge from this guide to complete an online test, you can earn a Certificate of Completion as a Fundamentals of Thin-Bed Knowledge industry professional for a $99 fee.

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Qualified Labor Matters to Kitchen and Bath Design: NKBA Webinar Series

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 28, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF, Installation + Design

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When it comes to successfully completing kitchen and bath installations, Qualified Labor matters. It helps ensure that the tile installation will perform as expected and look as designed for years to come in spaces that demand a great deal from proper performance. 

Given how demanding these spaces are, there's tremendous benefit to ensuring that designers and installers collaborate as Dan Hecox showed us in Dan Hecox Inspires Designers, Tile Installers to Aspire to Higher Standards. The more designers understand the requirements of tile installations that perform and the better tile installers communicate with designers, the more likely success is all around.

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Timeless Tile Installations That Delight the Senses

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 14, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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You've probably noticed that this blog focuses heavily on proper tile installation methods and techniques. At the same time, all of us involved in the CTEF Mission intensely admire timeless tile installations that truly delight the senses.

We abhor tile installation failures and encourage every opportunity to celebrate greatness in design and execution.  That's what you regularly experience during the yearly Coverings show, the premier United States exhibition of ceramic tile and stone.

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As beautiful as tile is when it is first created, the end result must also delight the senses, perform functionally while doing so beautifully, and generally withstand the test of time and usage.

To that end, this article celebrates a few of those inspiring timeless tile executions, including ones highlighted during Coverings 2020.

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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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