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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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How Qualified Tile Contractors Participate in NTCA Technical Committee

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 20, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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Were you aware that expert tile installers and contractors play a critical role in tile installation best practices and standards?

An example of this is the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) Technical Committee where qualified tile contractors actively participate.

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Why Do You Need Expansion Joints When Installing Tile?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 22, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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If you're wondering why you need to include expansion joints when installing tile, you've come to the right place. Let me explain why they are so important.

For perspective, we originally published this article in August 2016, and expansion joints continue to come up in conversation, during training sessions, and also in comments.

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A Flat Floor vs. a Level Floor: What's the Difference?

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

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Does the word flat have the same meaning as the word level when it comes to floors and, more importantly, tile installation?  If we look in various dictionaries, flat and level can have almost the same definition which can be confusing. 

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How to Avoid Visible Trowel Ridges Through Translucent Glass Tile

[fa icon="calendar'] May 11, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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Glass tile has truly captured the hearts of consumers in both the residential and commercial marketplaces, making it important for tile installers to understand how to avoid trowel ridges and marks that are visible through translucent glass tile.

Do you know the proper technique?

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Does Your Tile Slope To the Drain?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 27, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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When you install tile in wet areas, do you ensure that everything slopes to the drain? If not, please read below.

Let's consider showers.  Showers can be a beautiful part of the bathroom especially when the tile is part of the finished product.  The beauty, though, will not be long-lasting if the installation standards and best practices for tile installation are not followed.

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Back Buttering Tile: How Important Is It?

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

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Do you back butter your tile?

Back buttering tile is a highly opinionated and widely-debated topic among tile installers. Although it's recommended for natural stone tile, it's not always necessary or required to get adequate mortar coverage on ceramic and porcelain tile. So, how important is it?

To begin this discussion, we first need to define several words.  According to the NTCA Reference Manual:

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