Ege Seramik introduces “Epic Collection”

Ege Seramik, Epic Collection, Anthracite and Brown

Ege Seramik’s has announced its newest collection: Epic Collection. The company said that the slightly textured, matte finish of the Epic Collection replicates the natural look, warmth and charm of real wood.

Digital imaging and high-tech manufacturing bring this tile to life with true-to-life texture, the company said. According to the company, all tiles are printed with wide-ranging visual diversity, resulting in an authentic looking floor. Epic’s non-glossy finish makes it less slippery than glazed or polished tiles, the company said, adding that it’s ideal for high foot-traffic areas.

According to the company, Epic is produced as a 6” x 36” porcelain plank tile, is suitable for residential to moderate commercial use and is available in three colors: White, Anthracite and Brown.

The company said that distributors, retailers, contractors, installers, specifiers and fabricators at Cersaie 2017 (September 25-29, 2017 in Bologna, Italy) can see Epic firsthand and learn more about Ege Seramik’s other introductions at Cersaie Booth# Hall: 16, Stand: A56-B51.

Crossville Tile Collections Featured in Dallas Decorators Showhouse, Opening September 24th

HGTV Star Building Home with Proceeds to Benefit Alzheimer’s Association

Crossville, Inc. is proud to announce its participation in the Dallas Decorators Showhouse as a tile supplier and corporate sponsor. This luxury property, presented by Traditional Home, Marina Bay Development Corp., and HGTV personality Donna Moss, is a 7,900 square-foot home located in Southlake, Texas. A portion of proceeds from tour ticket sales and the sale of the home will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

The showhouse will debut at aninvitation-only opening gala on September 23, 2017. The public may purchase tickets to tour the home, with daily viewings offered from September 24 through October 22.

Designed by Donna Moss, known for her HGTV show “Donna Decorates Dallas,” the home features a master suite, guest suite, three additional bedrooms each with private bathrooms, and an additional powder room. Other interior spaces include a family room, dining room, wine room, game room and a safe room. Crossville tile products are incorporated prominently throughout.

Moss shares her excitement in using Crossville collections in the home’s design. “Crossville has boldly crossed the line in creating new and innovative tile design—really leading the way in unexpected, sleek alternatives in all areas of flooring and wall treatments.”

The exterior of the Moroccan modern-style dwelling showcases natural stone and stucco finishes, with iron detailing on the doors, windows and lighting. In addition, the home has two separate two-car garages for his and her parking, as well as a pool and three courtyards.

For more information about the house or to purchase showhouse tour tickets, visit

CTEF Regional Evaluators Expand Certified Tile Installer (CTI) Hands-on Testing Program

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) has developed a Regional Evaluators (RE) program to expand the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) Program hands-on testing. The program is led by Regional Evaluator Coordinator Kevin Insalato who reports to Scott Carothers, Director of Training and Education for CTEF.

“It is critical for the future of the tile industry that homeowners, architects, designers and commercial business owners have the option of qualified labor for their tile installation projects so the installations not only look beautiful, but also perform consistently over time,” says Carothers. “The CTI program was developed to provide that level of assurance to those seeking professional tile installers. With the Regional Evaluator program, CTEF can significantly grow the number of CTIs and the level of tile installation competence available across the United States.”

What is the Regional Evaluator Program?

Regional Evaluators are themselves Certified Tile Installers who take additional training to evaluate the hands-on portion of the Certified Tile Installer Program test. They must know how to set up the testing modules, conduct the hands-on test, score the 100-point evaluation, and assist installers in furthering their understanding of the proper installation of ceramic tile.

They are regionally based and able to organize and conduct hands-on testing within their region which greatly expands the reach of the CTI program. This also means that installers no longer need wait until classes reach 10 or more students before they are able to take the hands-on portion of the exam and achieve industry-recognized certification and validation of their skills and knowledge.

Kevin Insalato of California Flooring in the Chicago area, serves as Regional Evaluator Coordinator for the program and has kicked it off with the following sixteen Regional Evaluators:

Joe Kerber, CTI # 217, Kerber Tile Marble & Stone – Shakopee, MN
Robb Roderick, CTI # 727, NTCA Trainer – West Coast USA
Mike Corona, CTI # 923, Corona Marble & Tile, Woodbine, MD
Shon Parker, CTI #999, Hawthorne Tile, Portland, OR
Dave Rogers CTI # 1029, Welch Tile – Kent City, MI
Rafael Lopez, CTI # 1100, California Flooring – Manteno, IL
Mark Heinlein, CTI # 1112, NTCA Trainer – East Coast USA
Tom Cravillion, CTI # 1116, Cravillion Tile & Stone – Plymouth, WI
Matt Newbold, CTI # 1118, Elite Tile Setters – Lehi, UT
Triniti Vigil, CTI # 1144, J&R Tile – San Antonio, TX
Brad Denny, CTI # 1190, Nichols Tile & Terrazzo – Joelton, TN
Dan Hecox, CTI # 1215, Hecox Construction – York, NE
Jason McDaniel, CTI #1273, Stoneman Construction, Stafford, OR
Todd Kozey, CTI # 1285, Complete Contracting Services – Fraser, MI
Ed Siebern, CTI # 1289, Mourelatos Tile Pro, Tucson, AZ
John Mourelatos, CTI # 1290, Mourelatos Tile Pro, Tucson, AZ
“With the Regional Evaluator Program, we can now take the CTI hands-on test to installers, retailers, and tile contractors around the country increasing the number of qualified installers available to the marketplace,” says Insalato. “That’s exciting!”

The program will initially utilize sixteen REs and eventually include a minimum of 50 Regional Evaluators. For more information about the Regional Evaluator program, visit

What is the Certified Tile Installer Program?

The CTI designation identifies the professional installer who has reached a level of proficiency to independently and consistently produce a sound tile installation that displays good workmanship. Certification is the validation of the skills and knowledge of the men and women who presently are installing tile successfully in the United States.

To qualify for the CTI Program, installers must have at least two years of experience as the lead installer setting ceramic tile on a full-time basis. This means having full responsibility for substrate prep, layout, coordinating with other trades along with properly installing underlayment, tile, grout and sealant materials.

The CTI test is a two-part examination consisting of:

A written test which is an open-book, 155 question, multiple-choice exam that can be taken online at home or the office as the installer’s schedule allows.
A hands-on test which is monitored and assessed by Regional Evaluators all across the United States. In it, installers must demonstrate their ability to execute a complex layout and proper installation of vapor retarder membrane, backer board, tile (walls and floors), cementitious grout, and flexible sealant (caulk). For each installation material, the applicant is scored on the various aspects of workmanship relevant to producing an installation that will endure use and satisfy the discriminating client.
The CTI Program: Recognized by the Tile Industry

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) which sponsors the CTI program is supported by all segments of the ceramic tile industry. CTEF is headquartered in Pendleton, South Carolina, near Clemson University and in close proximity to the offices of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA).

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry. The CTEF Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program is the only third-party assessment of installer skill and knowledge which is recognized by the tile industry.

To register for the CTI tests, please visit, select the test date and location of your choice, and make your payment through the secure third-party site. The study materials will be shipped out to your home or office the same day.

U.S. Congressman Duncan Visits Tile Council of North America To Discuss Key Policy Issues in the Ceramic Tile Industry

U.S. Representative Jeff Duncan, SC-3, spent time Wednesday afternoon meeting with the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) staff and touring TCNA’s facilities. Executive Director Eric Astrachan provided the Congressman with a brief current state of the ceramic tile industry and discussed issues in Washington most relevant to the tile industry including U.S. trade agreements, EPA regulations, and increasing problems with fake ceramic tile products and false advertisements. The Congressman’s visit ended with a tour of TCNA’s state-of-the-art performance testing laboratories, led by Lab Manager Katelyn Simpson.

“We are honored Congressman Duncan took time out of his busy schedule to stop by the Clemson Research Park for a visit with TCNA,” stated Bill Griese, Director, Standards Development & Sustainability Initiatives, TCNA.  “With our association headquarters, right here in the Congressman’s backyard, we wanted him to see firsthand the relevance of the ceramic tile industry and our organization’s involvement in research, testing and the development of standards.”

“It is certainly an exciting time for tile in the U.S.,” adds Eric Astrachan.  “New designs, innovative technologies and increased popularity have resulted in significant industrial growth.  The Congressman’s quick grasp of the tile industry was certainly impressive.  As leaders like Congressman Duncan become more familiar with our industry, we look forward to opportunities for increased advocacy in Washington.”

LATICRETE Expands e-Learning Program

LATICRETE University introduces seven new Masonry Veneer Installation System online tutorials

LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, has introduced seven Masonry Veneer Installation System (MVIS™) online tutorials to the industry’s leading e-Learning program ‒  LATICRETE University. The new tutorials will provide installers with confidence when designing and installing tile, stone or brick veneers for residential, commercial and industrial applications.

“The LATICRETE University online tutorials are one of the many ways LATICRETE responds to market needs and adds value in support of its customers,” said Senior Director of Technical Services Art Mintie. “Specifically, the MVIS tutorials were developed due to the increase in popularity for adhered masonry veneers.”

With the added MVIS online tutorials, installers will be able to trust their complete veneer system installations are designed to deliver superior, long-term performance. Products discussed include sealing tapes, air and water barrier products, various polymer fortified adhesive mortars that provide non-sag performance, latex admix and epoxy adhesives, pointing mortar and sealants.

Based on the company’s award-winning Profit Through Knowledge (PTK) technical seminars, all LATICRETE University programs are self-paced, making it possible for distributors, dealers, installers and other flooring professionals to effectively learn about new products, modern technology and best practices from the comfort of their home or office.

In addition to MVIS, LATICRETE University also offers tutorials for Tile and Stone Installation Systems, DRYTEKⓇ Surface Preparation Products and SPARTACOTE™ Resinous Flooring Systems.

To learn more about LATICRETE University, visit

Landmark Ceramics Presents Porcelain Pavers Installation over Pedestal

Information, suggestions and video regarding Frontier20 porcelain pavers installation over pedestal.

We are glad to inform you of Landmark Ceramics newly created video collection composing of 6 informative video clips regarding some of the most common installation methods for porcelain pavers of the Frontier20 collection. This 6 video collection will provide you with information, suggestions and recommendations for the different installation methods.

Learn more about the installation over pedestal simply by clicking on this video link.


Tech Tip Tuesday: Q & A With NTCA Technical Trainer Robb Roderick


I have someone in Florida who is arguing that he has never heard of needing a crack suppression membrane for glass, particularly in pools. Can you suggest some verbiage here?


Thank you for contacting NTCA. On page 8 of the glass tile selection and installation guide in the TCNA handbook. It states, “glass tile is generally more vulnerable to crack propagation than ceramic tile. Where opacity allows, the glass tile manufacturer may recommend the use of a ANSI A118.12 crack isolation membrane for large format glass.

Also, on page 21 in the membrane selection guide, glass tile is listed as material in which  crack isolation membranes can eliminate cracks caused by in plane movement of the substrate.

On page 94 it shows method F125 for installation of crack isolation membranes. The handbook also shows Method P601 and P602 for pool and water features.


-Robb Roderick,

NTCA Technical Trainer

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LATICRETE TRI-LITE can bond to many suitable substrates including concrete, steel and cement plaster. Its incredible non-sag performance is able to support very large and heavy tile with ease.

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Crossville Launches Notorious Porcelain Tile Collection

Chic Concrete Style in Modern Hues and Sizes, Complimentary Sample Requests Welcome

Crossville, Tennessee – Crossville, Inc. has announced its latest porcelain tile collection, Notorious. The line is created with warm, neutral tones in the sophisticated look of concrete, delivering high impact design style and offering the strong technical performance expected of porcelain tile. Complimentary samples of the new product may be ordered on

“This line is all about inviting designers to mix and match to create their own surfacing solutions,” says Lindsey Waldrep, vice president of marketing. “From the range of colors, sizes, and trims—as well as the unpolished and honed finishes, Notorious offers lots of design alternatives.”

The line’s six colors cover a spectrum of neutral hues. The options—Femme Fatale, Private Eye, Sugar Daddy, Suspense, Leading Man and Film Noir—were developed for maximum versatility in modern design schemes.

Field tile size options include 24”x24”, 24”x 36”, 12” x12”, 12” x 24”. Plank sizes of 3”x15” and a mosaic mesh mounted on 12”x12” are also available. Bullnose and cove base are offered to complete installations. In addition to the unpolished finish offered for all field tile sizes, a honed finish is available for the 24”x24”, 24”x36”, 12”x12”, and 12”x24” options.

“Notorious was developed to coordinate beautifully with our recently launched wood-look Nest collection,” Waldrep explains. “When these two lines are combined, designers have even more ways to solve design challenges.”

As with all products produced at Crossville’s Tennessee manufacturing facilities, Notorious is made using third-party certified, sustainable processes and is Green Squared certified. The collection is recommended for interior floors, walls, countertops, and exterior walls in both residential and commercial applications.

For more information and sample ordering for the Notorious Collection, visit

sixth annual Daltile Interior Design Scholarship Competition opens for submissions

Daltile and the ASID Foundation partner with Booz Allen Hamilton to award $27,500 in scholarship prizes

The sixth annual Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, presented by the ASID Foundation, is now open for submissions. The competition, which will award $27,500 in scholarships, will challenge students to reimagine the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center, located in Washington, D.C. Once again the competition will honor the grand prize winner with a $10,000 scholarship, three runners-up with $2,500 scholarships, and the school or university with the most student submissions with a $10,000 grant.

“For six years the Daltile Interior Design Scholarship has challenged interior design students across the country and awarded the rising stars of the industry for their creative design solutions,” said Kim Albrecht, senior brand marketing manager for Daltile. “This year we are taking the competition to a new level, using an existing space – the Innovation Center – as our canvas and empowering students to transform it using the extensive line of Daltile products.”

For the 2017 competition, students will be asked to evaluate the Innovation Center and identify areas of opportunity. Using Daltile products, students will redesign the space to incorporate Fitwel components, a future-looking building certification focused on occupant and community well-being, creating a stimulating and comfortable space for employees. Additionally, students are required to keep their design within a budget, a challenge that is similar to what they will face once they enter their professional career.

“At ASID, we believe that design impact lives,” said Patrick Schmidt, chair, ASID Foundation. “The ASID headquarters is the first space in the world to be recognized with platinum certification for both LEED (under Leed ID+C) and WELL (under WELL v1), and employee health and wellness in the workplace is at the forefront of our concerns as a Society and of the design industry collectively. This competition challenges students to be thoughtful in their redesign to maximize occupant comfort and well-being. By partnering with Booz Allen Hamilton, we are presenting students with a real-life challenge that they can draw from in their future careers.”

New this year, the winning student will be invited to pitch his or her design to the Innovation Center design team, OTJ Architects, and Booz Allen Hamilton representatives. Based on this pitch, elements of the winning design will be considered for implementation into the existing Innovation Center space.

“We are excited to partner with Daltile and the ASID Foundation to encourage the next generation of designers,” said Brinda Sen Gupta, deputy director of the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center. “The Innovation Center is intended to enable great ideas and advance how our employees build value. The Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, much like the Innovation Center, serves as a catalyst to inspire students as they prepare to make their leap into the professional design industry.”

The 2016 competition received more than 120 entries. Kristina Tribell of The Art Institute of Houston was announced as the $10,000 grand prize winner during NeoCon East 2016 in Philadelphia. Tribell’s winning submission redesigned the Hyatt Regency Houston by incorporating biophilic design principles as a part of the 2016 “Design Inspired by Nature” theme.

The 2017 contest will run until September 30, with the final winner being announced at the Daltile Philadelphia Design Studio during NeoCon East 2017 in Philadelphia. For more information about the Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, please visit

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