COVERINGS 2017 TO FEATURE TINY HOMES DURING INSTALLATION DESIGN SHOWCASE

Coverings, the largest international tile & stone exhibition in North America, will feature a new display at the 8th annual Coverings Installation Design Showcase (IDS). National Tile Contractors Association Five Star Contractors will collaborate with leading designers to install tile in tiny houses on the showroom floor. Creative designs utilizing many types of tile will be installed in the three tiny homes throughout the show, allowing attendees to see their progress. All three installation companies have successfully completed the NTCA Five Star Contractor recognition program and employ installers who have passed the Certified Tile Installer exam administered by the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation. The design and installation teams will be supported by industry-leading tile and installation material manufacturers to complete the project. Coverings 2017 will be held April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

Dan Welch, Welch Tile

Dan Welch of Welch Tile and Marble will collaborate with Michigan designer Lauren Figueroa of The Georgia Pear Interiors to install materials provided by Florim USA to complete their project, the West Michigan House, with installation materials provided by LATICRETE. Welch Tile provides tile and marble installation services to a plethora of markets, including healthcare, education, hospitality, industrial, entertainment, residential and corporate facilities.

 

 

 

Sam Bruce, Visalia Tile

Visalia Ceramic Tile will work with Kim Lewis, founder of Kim Lewis Designs. Tile for their Retro Bungalow will be provided by Ceramics of Italy, and MAPEI will contribute installation materials to the project. Sam Bruce is the project manager for Visalia Tile, who specializes in both commercial and residential installation. They are based in Visalia, Calif., and have been licensed and bonded since 1985. Visalia tile is also recognized by NTCA as the nation’s 38th Five Star Tile Contractor.

 

 

Erin Albrecht, J&R Tile

Erin Albrecht of J & R Tile Inc. will be paired with Nikki Vega of bluetreehome. Crossville Tile will furnish tile and ARDEX will contribute the setting materials to make The Vitruvian tiny house come together. J & R Tile prides itself in being a Five Star commercial contractor in Central Texas, and has provided installation services for commercial, healthcare, education, historical, religious and government entities. Founded over 30 years ago with a focus on education and certification, the company is committed to installation excellence.

The IDS exhibits will be available for viewing during Coverings on the show floor, giving attendees the opportunity to visit and explore the tiny homes. On Thursday, April 6 at 3:00 p.m. attendees will be invited to meet with the designers and contractors for a one-hour interactive session discussing the design and installation of each project.

Unlike in years past, when the IDS projects would be torn down and deposited in a landfill, these Tiny Homes will be transported to a vibrant community in Orlando, and will be made available for purchase. A local builder in the Orlando community is collaborating with Coverings show management to make this a smooth transition.

About Coverings

Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from more than 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.

The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 75 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.

Sponsors of the show are The Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER), Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed by Taffy Event Strategies, LLC.

Coverings 2017 takes place April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL. For more information, visit coverings.com or contact Taffy Events, Coverings Show Management, 703-539-5504.

About NTCA

NTCA is a non-profit trade association serving every segment of the industry, spearheading education for the professional installation of ceramic tile, natural stone and allied products. For more information, please contact NTCA executive director Bart Bettiga at [email protected], via telephone at (601) 939-2071, or visit www.tile-assn.com.

COVERINGS 2017 ENGAGES INDUSTRY LEADERS FOR COMPREHENSIVE SCHEDULE OF CONFERENCE PROGRAMMING

Coverings, the largest international tile & stone exhibition in North America, will feature over 65 sessions in the 2017 conference program. Distinguished speakers will share their knowledge and cutting-edge industry information with Coverings attendees. The conference program will highlight the most pressing topics for the tile and stone industry throughout the show from April 4-7, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

The conference sessions build upon Coverings’ dedication to providing world-class education with content tailored to each attendee segment: architects, builders/remodelers, designers, distributors, fabricators, installers, retailers, and Spanish-speaking attendees.  New for 2017, Coverings will offer contractor advanced business topics, contractor beginner-intermediate and the thin tile mini-track. The conference is open to all attendees and, with many CEU credits available, these sessions continue to bring unmatched and invaluable free education to the show.

Coverings 2017 will present 10 featured sessions highlighting various topics from industry leaders. To learn about the full range of conference sessions at coverings visit Coverings.com/conference.

 

Featured Sessions:

Executive Director of the Tile Council of North America, Eric Astrachan, will moderate the panel “Critical Changes to Industry Standards, Guidelines and Best Practices” with participants Stephanie Samulski of TCNA, Martin Howard EVP of David Allen Company, Inc., Kevin Fox, Owner of Fox Ceramic Tile, Inc., and Chuck Muehlbauer, Technical Director, MSI + BSI. Focusing on the ever-changing industry standards and guidelines, the panel will provide attendees an overview of the most critical recent changes to better specify, sell, bid and install tile and stone.

Tuesday, April 4, 8 – 9:30 a.m.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute and Director at Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training, will share insights on the origin of color trends, understanding upcoming trends and assist attendees in determining the best choices to make when specifying with color palettes in her session titled, “Communicating with Color/Design: Inspiring and Defining Essential Trends.”

Tuesday, April 4, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Edie Cohen, Deputy Editor of Interior Design magazine, will sit down with Hagy Belzberg of Belzberg Architects, Denise Cherry of Assembly Design, Jennifer Kolstad of Interior Architects and DB Kim, Hospitality Designer for “Design: A Global Affair.” As much of designers’ work took place overseas during the economic downturn, this conversation  will center around the global influence on current design trends within the U.S. and address tile and stone within these current trends.

Tuesday, April 4, 3 – 4 p.m

President and Owner of Stone Trends International, Vince Marazita, will discuss the state of the stone industry in his session “Stone Trends: A Historical Perspective.” Focusing on information, sourcing, marketing and application trends in the stone industry over the last year, topics will include international sourcing channels for natural stone, how stone is used in interior and exterior architecture and design, and an overview of testing criteria for designing with natural stone.

Wednesday, April 5, 8 – 9 a.m.

Presented by Contract Magazine, Editor in Chief John Czarnecki, will hold a fireside chat with Todd-Avery Lenahan, Founder of TAL-Studio. This intimate conversation will focus on the power of design, Lenahan ’s experiences, and the influences which led to his current creative vision and how he successfully authors and implements design standards for global brands.

Wednesday April 5, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Joann Gonchar, Senior Editor of Architectural Record, will highlight addressing extreme weather events and sea level rise in her panel “Coastal Resilience – Rethinking Design for Extreme Weather Conditions.” Joined by Ramiro Diaz, Waggoner & Ball; Douglas Pierce, Perkins + Will; and Reinaldo Borges, Borges Architects + Associates; the team of experts will discuss what types of infrastructure are suited for different climates, explain the differences between hard infrastructure and green infrastructure and address challenges around flood protection and building codes.

Wednesday, April 5, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

In his session titled, “Behind the Curtain to Zero-Incident Safety!TM” David Sarkus, MS, CSP, Speaker, Consultant and Coach will dive into strategies and tactics that assist in achieving zero-incident workspaces for years of sustainable success.

Wednesday, April 5, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Moderator Stacy Garcia, Founder of StacyGarcia, Inc., will lead the panel “What’s Trending in Hospitality?” along with panelists Malcolm Berg, EoA, Inc.; Justin Colombik, Puccini Group; Glen Coben, Glen & Co Architecture. This group of industry professionals will share key information on how to stay ahead of the competition and create spaces that authentically speak to the consumer when it comes to hospitality design.

Thursday, April 6, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

CEO of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Randy Fiser, will be the Keynote speaker for the Keynote and Cocktails event hosted by ASID and Interior Design Magazine. In his session, “Design, Health and Wellness in the Workplace” he will discuss how our physical surroundings have a significant impact on our behaviors, decisions, and overall health and wellness. To further the discussion, there will be a reception immediately following with ASID and Interior Design in the Destination Lounge.

Thursday, April 6, 5 – 5:30 p.m. Reception 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Owner and President of Dionco, Inc., Jim Dion, will present ideas and strategies to enhance customer engagement in the retail environment both online and offline in the session “What’s Next in Customer Engagement – More Than Ten Ideas Your Customers Will ‘Like’ and ‘Love’ You For.

Friday, April 7, 10 – 11 a.m.

Coverings 2017 Engages Industry Leaders for Comprehensive Schedule of Conference Programming

(ARLINGTON, VA – March 17 2017) Coverings, the largest international tile & stone exhibition in North America, will feature over 65 sessions in the 2017 conference program. Distinguished speakers will share their knowledge and cutting-edge industry information with Coverings attendees. The conference program will highlight the most pressing topics for the tile and stone industry throughout the show from April 4-7, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

The conference sessions build upon Coverings’ dedication to providing world-class education with content tailored to each attendee segment: architects, builders/remodelers, designers, distributors, fabricators, installers, retailers, and Spanish-speaking attendees. New for 2017, Coverings will offer contractor advanced business topics, contractor beginner-intermediate and the thin tile mini-track. The conference is open to all attendees and, with many CEU credits available, these sessions continue to bring unmatched and invaluable free education to the show.

Coverings 2017 will present 10 featured sessions highlighting various topics from industry leaders. To learn about the full range of conference sessions at coverings visit Coverings.com/conference.

Blustyle Launches in the U.S. at Coverings 2017

Italian Ceramic Brand Enters the Market
Expansive Collection of Beautiful, Technologically Advanced,
Eco-Friendly Tiles with 20-Year Guarantee
Orlando, Florida – April 4-7, 2017

(New York, NY – March 8, 2017) Attendees at Coverings 2017 will be the first to experience the North American launch of a Blustyle, the newest Panariagroup brand to enter the US market. Panariagroup, a leading Italian manufacturer of porcelain floor and wall tiles, has been at the forefront of manufacturing and design for over four decades. The Blustyle brand will exhibit in the Ceramics of Italy Pavilion (Booth #1435) showing a robust offering of contemporary Italian ceramics for commercial and residential settings in different finishes, colors and formats. The state-of-the-art products on display will include highlights from the 12 new Blustyle collections that are in step with the trends such as rustic and refined wood looks, concrete finishes, oversized stone looks and distinctive marbles in a range of thicknesses from 9mm to 11mm and even 20mm. The entire collection comes with a guarantee for up to 20 years – underscoring the quality and durability of tiles.

According to Panaria CEO, Paolo Mussini, “Blustyle is a brand that leverages the experience and qualities of sister company, Cotto D’Este and the whole Panariagroup. The brand offers Made-in-Italy, porcelain solutions at traditional thicknesses, taking advantage of the latest technology, the best raw materials, distinctive aesthetics and the production team’s deep respect for the environment.”

In sync with its parent company’s deep commitment to responsible production methods, Blustyle has already secured eco-focused certifications (EMAS, ISO, Eco-Label) that cover its eco-compatible production that recycles, reduces the waste of all raw materials, manages the plant at its highest efficiency and uses renewable energy.

Paolo Mussini continues, “We created Blustyle to bring an additional range of innovative products of superior quality to the market. We are very proud that the very best porcelain products are now available to the US market, and that our porcelains come with guarantee for up to 20 years – which shows our focus on the finest production methods in the industry.”

To accompany the new brand, the Blustyle team has created a range of tools and materials to help with the specification and installation process. A dedicated website and brochure lays out all of the details on the guarantee for up to 20 years and includes technical specs to assist with layout ideas.

The collections in the Blustyle catalogue are the following:

Arborea:  A versatile range of elegant wood-looks in five colors (Aura, Cloe, Danae, Vesta, Talia) and unique layouts such as chevron and parquet. Available in two sizes and thicknesses (8”x48” / 10.5mm, 4”x24” / 10mm).

Barrique: Warm wood-look planks in four colors (Loire Cru, Rhone Cru, Alsace Cuvée, Provence Cuvée) in 8”x36” (10mm).

Bourgogne: A soft palette of traditional ceramic looks in three colors (Clair, Doré, Gris) in 24”x24” and 12”x24” (10mm). Available with rectified edges and two surface finishes.

Château Royal: A classic stone-look tile available in two colors (Amboise and Fontainebleau) with a multi-formatted layout including four sizes (24”x24”, 16”x24”, 16”x16”, and 8”x16”) in 10mm thickness. For indoor or outdoor use in natural and honed finishes with rectified edges.

Concrete Jungle: A versatile cement look that creates an industrial yet modern vibe to any space. Available in four colors (Atelier-25, Factory-56, Store-18, Pub-49) in 36”x36” (11mm), 24”x24” (10mm) and 12”x24” (10mm) formats and natural and honed finishes.

Country: A rustic take on the wood look available in three classic, multi-colored hues (Aspen, Creek, Vermont) in 8”x48” (10.5mm) planks and a natural finish.

Geotech: This collection has the classic look of natural limestone and comes in three colors (Ivory, Grey, Dark) and two sizes (24”x24, 12x”x24” / 10mm) with rectified edges and honed finish.

Living Stones: A collection of natural styled stones for indoor and outdoor use. Available in four colors (Light Cream, Stone Beach, Basalt Grey, Blue Origin) in 36”x36” (11mm), 18”x36” (11mm) and 24”x24” (10mm) and two finishes (Natural and Honed). Available in 24”x24” (20mm) in Grip finish too.

Marmoris: An elegant collection that captures the subtleties of marble with the technological and low maintenance properties of porcelain. Available in four colors (Carrara, Palissandro, Sierra, Emperador) in 30″x30”, 29”x29”, 15”x30”, 14 ½”x29” (11mm) and Glossy and Silk finishes.

Quartzite: This classic stone material is available in two colors (Antares, Sirio) in 24”x24”, 12”x24” (10mm) formats, rectified edges and an outdoor finish.

Sandstone: A versatile stone look that recalls the American West in two colors (Arizona, Colorado) in 24”x24” and 12×24” (10mm). Available in rectified and outdoor finishes.

Toscana: A rich traditional cotto look available in two colors (Camaldoli, Capalbio) in 12”x12” and 6”x12” (9mm) with a natural finish.

At Coverings, professional guests will be treated to complimentary, authentic gelato at the Blustyle booth (#1435) from 2-5 PM during the first three afternoons of the show (April 4-6, 2017). For more information on Blustyle, visit www.blustyle.it

ABOUT BLUSTYLE

Blustyle is the Panariagroup brand that offers the quality of Cotto d’Este solutions, in standard thicknesses, in which attention to detail, high quality raw materials, a distinctive aesthetic appeal and respect for the environment are fundamental ingredients.

Web: www.blustyle.it | Social: https://www.facebook.com/BlustyleCeramica/

AbOUT PANARIAGROUP

Panariagroup is a global leader in the manufacturing of floor and wall tiles made from high-end, ultra-thin laminated stoneware and porcelain stoneware. For years, the company has consistently been at the forefront of the industry for its ability to create collections that beauty, quality and sustainability, and demonstrating its ability to excel in the search of the best residential and commercial solutions. Panariagroup is an international company, present for over 40 years on the market, with facilities in Italy, Portugal, the United States, India and an extensive sales network in over 100 countries all over the world. It operates through 9 brands: Panaria, Lea, Cotto d’Este, Fiordo, Margres, Love tiles, Florida Tile, Blustyle, and Bellissimo. Its 9,000 customers, 1,600 employees, 6 production plants, and a highly specialized research center, are all proof of a desire to meet the needs of clients who are increasingly engaged and diversified worldwide. Panariagroup creations are always well received by designers, architects, end-consumers and planners around the world that all choose the group’s brands for their spaces. Web: www.panariagroup.it | Social: facebook.com/panariagroup

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Tel. +39 0522 773530

Email: [email protected]

Media Contact:
Melissa Weisberg | [email protected] | 212.528.3160×24

iQ POWER TOOLS MAKES THE CUT @ COVERINGS ‘17

Coverings 2017 is approaching (April 4-9, 2017 in Orlando), and iQ Power Tools is preparing for four days of exhibiting/participating in a number of exciting events found only at this world-class exposition. 

Coverings is the largest ceramic tile and natural stone trade exposition in the United States, featuring exhibitors from more than 40 countries. It sets the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world… including iQ Power Tools’, iQTS244, the World’s First Dry-Cut Tile Saw with Integrated Dust Collection.

The iQ PowerTools team will be in full force at this year’s show. Here is a look at where, when and how iQ Power Tools will be participating:

Exhibit Booth #4432 in the TCNA Hall

Stop by iQ Power Tool’s booth in the Tile Council of North America’s Hall, #4432, to learn about iQTS244 Dry-Cut Tile Saw. This offers the opportunity to meet the iQ team and see the world’s first dry cut tile saw in action. Take the iQ Dry Cut Challenge and see if you can tell the difference between a “wet-cut” or “dry-cut”.

Booth #3135 – Live Installation Demonstrations on Thursday, April 6th at 12pm 

One of the more popular features at Coverings, are the Live “how-to” classes offered to attendees for an up-close look at how top contracting pros handle a variety of challenging tile installations. Attendees will see exactly how to install a wide variety of new products and learn techniques to make tile and stone installation more successful. See how iQ Power Tool’s Dry-Cut Saw works in “real-world”. iQ Safety Gear, Apparel and more will be raffled off at the end of this demonstration.

Booth #458 – Installation Design Showcase – Tiny House Edition

The Installation Design Showcase is a must-see attraction, featuring three tiny houses on the Coverings 2017 show floor. NTCA Five Star Contractors and leading designers will partner together and collaborate to showcase the synergy between beautiful design and exceptional installation. Each tiny house will highlight a different design aesthetic and feature tile and stone in a live installation. iQ Power Tools is proud to be a Tool Sponsor for this program.

For this year’s live-action demonstration, iQ Power Tools will be providing its Dry Cut Saw to the Five Star Contractors as we watch the Tiny Houses come together in just a few days.

Booth #S310F – InnovativeTools in the Tile Industry Presentation

Thursday, April 6th from 3 pm to 4:30 pm

Many new tools have been introduced in the tile industry that allows for faster, safer and more professional installations. iQ Power Tools is proud to be part of the Innovative Tools in the Tile Industry Program this year. This session will offer a variety of live demonstrations around the room for installers to see firsthand how this technology can help them in the field. This program is also being presented in Spanish.

For more information, please contact Sarah Hurtado, Marketing Communications Manager | [email protected]

PO Box 7449, Moreno Valley CA | Phone 888-274-7744 | Fax 888.428.4485 | www.iQPowerTools.com

About iQ Power Tools

iQ Power Tools manufactures a comprehensive range of premium power tools with integrated dust collection systems for the concrete, masonry, hardscape and tile sectors. The company was founded by third-generation masons Joel and Paul Guth, who have logged over 30 years each in the masonry industry. Decades of experience taught them about dust problems; their company started out creating tools to solve their own problems only to realize these same issues affected all contractors… mess, money and a threat to the health and safety of the industry. iQ Power Tools envisions a future where their innovation helps create a 100% dust-free environment: jobsites are safer, work practices are healthier… and, the construction industry becomes even more sustainable.

D&B Tile Distributors to offer reimbursement for CTI test and hotel fees at Coverings

 

 

Due to D&B Tile Distributors’ commitment to professional installation and the industry-recognized Certified Tile Installer (CTI) exam that validates tile installers’ skills, the Florida-based distributor will support its customers who are looking to take the exam at the Coverings show, to be held April 4-7 in Orlando, Fla.The distributor will pay the $295 registration fee for the test and one-night’s stay in a hotel for the installer.

The fee is usually $495 to take the test, but due to a NTCA sponsorship, the fee is $295 for anyone taking the exam at Coverings.

D&B urges its installer customers to take the CTI exam to get the recognition they deserve, and demonstrate to customers that their companies can deliver high-quality tile work correctly the first time. The exam consists of a written test that can be taken online at home and the hands-on test that being offered close to home at Coverings  in Orlando, Fla.,  When both are passed, the installer becomes a CTI and receives a nationally-recognized, industry-backed certificate that consumers trust when selecting a tile installer, as well as a CTI wallet card and logos to use in marketing and signage on trucks, hats, shirts, email and more.

In addition to the distinction of being a CTI, those who pass the exams receive $1,500 in manufacturer’s coupons and are prominently listed and hot-linked on the CTEF website by city and state, and are listed as a CTI in their distributor’s showroom list. CTEF also provides customer brochures that demonstrate the value of hiring a CTI.

Installers can take the CTI exam if they have a minimum of two years experience as a full-time lead installer doing better quality work, and the ability to review written plans, do prep, layout, cutting and fitting, installation, sealant and detail the project without assistance.

To register for the test taking place during Coverings ’17 from April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., visit www.ceramictilefoundation.org.

For more information on D&B’s reimbursement program for its customers who are taking the CTI exam, visit http://bit.ly/2lEVSZW or www.dbtile.com.

D&B Tile Distributor president Harold Yarborough is intent on doing all he can to facilitate the taking of the test for his customers, by reimbursing registration fee and one-night hotel room charges . “They don’t have to pass —  they just need to take the test!” he said, making it a nearly risk-free proposition for interested installers. To file for reimbursements, just email hotel and registration receipts to Yarborough at [email protected]

Coverings kicks off National Tile Day: February 23

To raise awareness and promote the use of tile, Coverings is proud to announce the inaugural National Tile Day (NTD), February 23!  Over the next few weeks, Coverings will be sharing why tile is the best choice for both residential and commercial products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coverings is also hosting the “Why Tile” discussion. Join the conversation by sharing why  you choose tile with #WhyTile and #Coverings2017.  Find more information at: http://bit.ly/CoveringsNTD

The campaign will also announce reasons WHY to choose tile. Watch social media between now and February 23 for these messages:

It’s Durable and Sustainable: Ceramic tiles have been used in buildings since the ninth century BC. A long-lasting material results in a lower consumption of resources in the long term, and a lower environmental impact. Unlike carpet, vinyl, or laminate flooring which have to be replaced periodically, properly installed tile will last a lifetime.

It’s Resistant: Ceramic tiles are highly resistant to weathering, as they are inert and are not affected by exposure to water, fire and even ultraviolet radiation. They do not release any toxic substances when exposed to high temperatures, which is one of the main risks in the event of fire. Due to the use of natural minerals fired at temperatures over 2300 degrees F, ceramic tile will never fade and is not affected by UV rays.

It’s Versatile: Ceramic tiles can be used on horizontal or vertical surfaces, flat or curved, indoors or outdoors, in wet or dry areas. They can have reflective surfaces to provide lighting, or have materials and colors that absorb radiation to control the temperature naturally.

It’s Low Maintenance: Unlike other organic materials or textiles, ceramic tiles require little maintenance to keep them clean and in good condition. This is done using procedures and materials that have a low cost and little environmental impact, reducing maintenance costs over their lifespan. Tile is also highly scratch-resistant and simple to clean.

It’s Energy Efficient: The ingredients that make up ceramic tile – compressed raw materials like sand, clay, and glass – are all easily recyclable, and as naturally renewable resources, create a low environmental impact. Tile can reduce the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling because of its exceptional thermal mass.

It’s Healthy: Since tile is fired in kilns to extremely high temperatures, there are no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the finished product that can be released into the air we breathe. VOCs contribute to a wide variety of health problems and are a significant cause of “sick building syndrome.” In addition, there are adhesives and grouts available that contain zero, or very low VOCs.

Life-Cycle Costs for Floor Finishes (per square foot): Because a tile installation will last as long as the building it’s installed in, its environmental impacts are minimal when compared to other surface coverings that would have be to replaced numerous times over the life of the building. This also means tile costs less per square foot over the long haul, whereas carpet, vinyl, and other floor coverings are significantly more expensive due to their replacement, maintenance, and refinishing requirements. Ceramic tile costs less per year than all other floor finishes over the life of a building. In fact, all tile is less than $0.40 per square foot per year. Carpet and vinyl are significantly more expensive due to their shorter expected life.

Livestream and Twitterview

Coverings will partner with Interior Design magazine to broadcast a live segment through Facebook. The segment will highlight tile trends that will be seen at Coverings 2017, and Alena Capra will be the on-camera spokesperson discussing the products and messaging. Time for this event is to be announced.

On National Tile Day, February 23, Coverings and its partners will join Metropolis for a Twitterview, Tile Today from 1-2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This chat will take place on Twitter, and is a live discussion about tile’s versatile designs, applications, and benefits. Each partner will be responsible for three questions, which will touch on key messages about tile. Additionally, Alena Capra and IDS Designer Kim Lewis will join the discussion.

Stay tuned to your favorite social media outlet for news and information over the next few weeks about National Tile Day!

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