TECH TIP TUESDAY: Q & A WITH NTCA TRAINING DIRECTOR MARK HEINLEIN

Question:

Do you have any guidelines on how to install porcelain tile according to ANSI Guidelines you could send me, please?

Mark’s Reply:

Thank you for contacting the National Tile Contractors Association.

Below, I have listed for you the primary tile industry standards, methods and guidelines for the installation of porcelain tile.

  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A108 and A118 – American National Specification for the Installation of Ceramic Tile – Material and Installation Standards
  • ANSI A137.1 – American National Standard Specifications for Ceramic Tile
  • Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook for Ceramic, Glass, and Stone Tile Installation

These standards and guidelines are extensive in that they cover many types of installations using tried and true best practices, methods, techniques and materials recommended for a variety of structures and substructures.  I am not able to send these to you, but they are available for purchase at this link: https://tile-assn.site-ym.com/store/ListProducts.aspx?catid=398904

If you are a tile contractor, these standards will be your guide for all of your tile installations.  I encourage you to purchase them and become familiar with them and use them in your installations.  In addition, I encourage you to explore membership in the National Tile Contractors Association.  More information can be found here:  https://tile-assn.site-ym.com

If you are an owner considering accomplishing a tile installation, I strongly encourage you to interview and hire a qualified, certified contractor and installer who owns, understands and uses the tile industry standards I listed above.  Please research the below links to locate an NTCA Member contractor and CTEF Certified Tile Installer near you.

Why Hire an NTCA Contractor: https://tile-assn.site-ym.com/?page=whyhire

Locate an NTCA Contractor: http://tile-assn.site-ym.com/search/custom.asp?id=2759

Why Hire a CTEF Certified Tile Installer: https://www.ceramictilefoundation.org

Locate a CTEF Certified Tile Installer:  https://www.ceramictilefoundation.org/find-certified-tile-installers

I hope this helps.

Mark Heinlein,

NTCA Training Director