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How to Evaluate a Finished Tile Installation

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 17, 2017 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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Have You Added Tile Edge Protection to Your Installation Project?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 26, 2017 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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How to Deal with Flooded Tile Installations

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 20, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Installing Tile TIps

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Flooded tile installations have been top-of-mind lately given two extreme hurricanes within two weeks. In anticipation of questions, we're pooling together advice about how commonly dry area tile installations act as a submerged swimming pool-like installation for a period of time.

Since we don't have all the answers, we anticipate this article being a work-in-progress. As we come upon new information, Robb Roderick CTI #727 and Mark Heinlein CTI #1112 - both National Tile Contractors Association trainers - and I will add to this discussion. 

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Addressing Low Grout Joints with Tile Installation Standards

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 5, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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Have you looked at the photos in this article and noticed a real problem?  They all demonstrate low grout joints which do not meet the tile industry standards.  To meet these standards, the grout must adequately fill the space which obviously these examples do not. 

And yet, when the person who took these photos shared them with his builder on the job site, the builder did not believe that any standards existed or that there were any organizations that develop them.

Have you found yourself in a similar situation?

If yes, here's how to deal with low grout joints and understand tile installation standards.

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Installing Large Format Glass Tile in a Shower: 10 Steps to Follow

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 22, 2017 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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How to Deal with Tile Discoloration in a Shower

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 11, 2017 9:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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Showers, because they are inherently and intensely wet, tend to be harsh environments. They also tend not to be forgiving of uninformed installations. That's why employing Certified Tile Installers is so important. They know to anticipate situations such as tile discoloration in a shower because they take very seriously the TCNA Handbook, the ANSI Standards and manufacturer instructions.

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The Ultimate Guide to Underlayment for Tile

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 6, 2017 9:15:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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For a beautiful and long-lasting tile installation, you need to ensure that every facet of the job is completed properly according to tile industry standards and best practices. The key element here is the foundation of the installation and that's where underlayment for tile solves a multitude of problems.

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Should You Install Tile Under Cabinets?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 16, 2017 9:10:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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If you're wondering whether it's better to install tile under cabinets or not, the answer is... it depends. It depends on the structure of your home as well as your kitchen and its subfloor, the materials and your own preference.

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NTCA Reference Manual: An Invaluable Tool for the Tile Industry

[fa icon="calendar'] May 9, 2017 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 Install Floor Tile When It's Natural Stone Rather Than Ceramic

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 11, 2017 8:50:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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If you're considering how to install floor tile, be aware that there's a significant difference between installing natural stone tile and ceramic tile especially when it's over wood framing.

Unfortunately, many consumers, builders and even some tile installers share the mistaken idea that natural stone tile products may be installed over a wood-framed floor in the same way as is ceramic and porcelain tile. This is completely untrue and will many times lead to a very costly replacement.

Why? Because tiles made from natural stone do not have the same strength as ceramic tiles and they require a floor system that is twice as stiff as what is required for ceramic floor tile.

Let's explore in more detail.

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