A full roster mark NTCA activities at Coverings

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) has a full roster of activities, events, and features for those attending the Coverings show, especially for the contractor community.

Before the show gets rolling, the NTCA has two events on its agenda. Monday morning, April 8, in room S230A, NTCA will hold a Board of Directors meeting from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., which is open to all. 

2018 Clean the World volunteers

2018 Clean the World volunteers

Later Monday afternoon, NTCA will co-sponsor the Clean the World charity event, along with MAPEI and Florida Tile. Teams will assemble 1,600 hygiene packets on Monday afternoon at the Orange County Convention Center, which will then be distributed to local veterans in the community.  

NTCA is brimming with education at Coverings. Below is a sampling of some Conference Sessions that contractors will want to check out. Be sure to visit www.coverings.com for expanded descriptions and to register, where necessary. Not- to-be missed sessions are: 

Tuesday, April 9 

8:30 am – 9:30 am

 

Coverings conference sessions

A raft of conference sessions geared towards contractors is on tap.

Town Hall Meeting – Residential: What Homebuilders & Specifiers are Saying about the Stone & Tile Industry, featuring moderators Bart Bettiga of NTCA and Jim Hieb of the Natural Stone Institute offering perspectives from industry influencers that can benefit your business. 

 

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Town Hall Residential Roundtable: Homebuilders & Specifier Expectations is the follow-up to the morning session that allows small group discussion among peers about ensuring the best specifications for tile and stone projects. 

Wednesday, April 10

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

The Future of the Installation Workforce: Case Studies and Best Practices. NTCA’s Bart Bettiga will moderate this discussion that centers on recruiting, hiring and retention best practices to propel your business to the top. 

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 

Town Hall Meeting – Commercial: What General Contractors & Specifiers are Saying about the Stone & Tile Industry featuring moderators Bart Bettiga of NTCA and Jim Hieb of the Natural Stone Institute offering insights from general contractors and design professionals and the impact they could have on your business.     

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Town Hall Commercial Roundtable: General Contractor & Specifier Expectations is the follow-up to the morning session that allows small group discussion among peers about ensuring the best specifications for tile and stone projects. 

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Silica Rule: Tile Industry Update on OSHA Crystalline Respirable Silica Rule – Representatives of NTCA and TCNA will discuss OSHA Crystalline Respirable Silica Rule updates now that there are significant field experience and data about the topic. Learn how industry leaders are working with OSHA to better understand compliance requirements. 

Thursday, April 11 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

15 Year Cycle Analysis, featuring Ryan Fasan, Design and Technical Consultant, who will discuss the lifecycles of flooring products and why ceramic tile comes out light years ahead of the competition.  

9:30 a.m. – 11: 00 a.m.

Transparency Trilogy Part III: Artistry and Creativity: A Timeless Component of Tile and Stone Installations. The session will take a close look at unique individuals who possess the passion, drive, discipline and skills necessary to install, train, and supervise projects that require the craftsmanship to create lasting masterpieces.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Tile Inspections – A Two Part Series: PROCESS. Presenters are NTCA Five-Star Contractors Nyle Wadford, Neuse Tile, James Woelfel, Artcraft Granite and Marble Co., and Martin Brookes, Heritage Marble and Tile, Inc., who are all recognized tile industry consultants. They will discuss what to expect if a qualified inspector is needed on your project, in terms of the process, checklists and what comprises an acceptable inspection. 

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tile Inspections – A Two Part Series: EXECUTION. In the second part of this Tile Inspection series, presenters Wadford, Woelfel and Brookes will delve into what to do and how to be aware of preventing your company from falling into non-compliance, and understanding best practices that can help you avoid unnecessary inspection. 

Friday, April 12 

9:00 a.m. -11: 00 a.m.

NTCA Contractor Training: OSHA Silica Rule. NTCA technical trainers will focus on understanding and being in compliance with the OSHA Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule. It includes both classroom and hands-on best practices components. Pre-registration required due to limited space. 

NTCA Technical Trainer Robb Roderick

NTCA Technical Trainer Robb Roderick

The education continues on the TCNA Installation Demonstration Stage, #3138 where NTCA Training Director Mark Heinlein and NTCA Technical Trainers Robb Roderick, Luis Bautista and CTEF’s Training Director Scott Carothers present hands-on demonstrations of products, methods and techniques. 

For details and course descriptions, visit www.coverings.com, but here’s an overview of the demos:

Tuesday, April 9 

10:20 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. – NTCA Reference Manual: Critical Lighting Effects on Tile Installations

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Substrate Preparation and Large-Format Plank Tile

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – ANSI A108.19 Installation Techniques for Gauged Porcelain Tile and Panels

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – NTCA Reference Manual: Care & Maintenance – Pre-Grouting, Sealing, and Sealers

Wednesday, April 10 

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Substrate Preparation and Large-Format Plank Tile

12:20 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. – NTCA Reference Manual: Proper Bedding Procedures for Quarry, Pavers and Natural Stone

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – ANSI A108.19 Installation Techniques for Gauged Porcelain Tile and Panels

3:40 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. – NTCA Reference Manual: Lippage Control Devices

Thursday, April 11 

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Substrate Preparation and Large-Format Plank Tile

11:20 p.m. – 11:50 p.m. – NTCA Reference Manual: Cementitious, Modified Cementitious, and Epoxy Grouts

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – NTCA Reference Manual: Thick Bed Installations, Mortar Beds/Interior Floors

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – ANSI A108.19 Installation Techniques for Gauged Porcelain Tile and Panels

Friday, April 12 

Time TBD – Practical Application of Silica Control Measures to Meet OSHA Regulations

The Installation Materials District

The Installation Materials District

After a Conference Session or Installation Demonstration Stage event, hop on over to the Installation & Design Experience, #3538, which includes a lounge as well as hospitality vignettes by top designers. Also included is an area focused on installation and education, with the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) onsite providing information for installers looking to advance their careers. Additionally, guided tours of the Installation Materials District will leave from the lounge at 11:00 am (Tuesday – Thursday) with lunch to follow at noon. See at least 10 exhibitors in only an hour, and enjoy a lunch in the lounge to follow at noon. Don’t forget to return for happy hour in the lounge beginning at 3:30 p.m.

The Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards

The Coverings Installation & Design Awards – co-sponsored by NTCA – celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial projects. The installer and designer of prize-winning projects each receive up to $3,000 and a one-night stay in Orlando and more. Come to the CID Award Reception on Wednesday, April 10 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in room S222.

Coverings Rock Stars

Co-sponsored by the NTCA, The Coverings Rock Stars – an Emerging Leaders Program – honors the best and brightest young talent in the tile and stone industry. Since its conception, the program has recognized dozens of young leaders who have connected at Coverings through mentorship and

2018 Coverings Rock Stars

2018 Coverings Rock Stars

networking opportunities. The program underscores Coverings’ mission to support the growth and success of the industry by recognizing top-notch talent and fostering networking and educational opportunities. Winners will be celebrated in an invitation-only gathering from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon on Tuesday, April 9 in room S320A, followed by an invitation-only recognition luncheon from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m.

NTCA Awards Night

The pièce de résistance is the NTCA Annual Awards Recognition Reception on Thursday, April 11, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in room S320A immediately after the exhibit hall closes. The program includes a short cocktail and dining reception, followed by special awards the association presents to industry leaders. Included in this year’s agenda will be the NTCA Tile Person of the Year Award, the announcement of the first annual Tile Setter Craftsperson of the Year Award, the Tom Ade Scholarship Awards, the NTCA Five-Star Contractor Program Projects of the Year, and the Joe A. Tarver Award for Service to the Tile Industry.
The Tile Council of North America, a sponsor of the Awards Program, will also honor a deserving individual with a very special leadership award.

2018 Tom Ade Scholarship Award winners

2018 Tom Ade Scholarship Award winners

Visit the TileLetter and NTCA Facebook pages to view live updates from the show. 

Latest tile design and installation innovations from TCNA

Tile Council of North America (TCNA) is an international trade association representing North American manufacturers of ceramic tile, installation materials, glazes and raw materials, tools, and related products. This year, over 120 TCNA members will showcase their latest offerings at Coverings in Orlando. In addition to the latest tile designs and installation innovations, you’ll discover what’s new in the world of tools, machinery, and installation materials, all in the TCNA North American Pavilion. 

TCNA logoBooth #3219

The TCNA booth (#3219) is in the center of it all as your information and hospitality hub throughout the week. TCNA will offer complimentary lunch (no wristband required) and afternoon happy hour (cash, credit, and drink tickets accepted). So stop by, refuel, and network with the leading industry associations co-exhibiting with TCNA: the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), the International Masonry Institute

TCNA booth

Complimentary lunch is served daily, with happy hours each afternoon.

(IMI), the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the Tile Contractors Association of America (TCAA), and the Tile Heritage Foundation (THF). Discounts on TCNA literature will be available for those of you looking to round out your technical library. Additionally, TCNA’s Lab Services team will be on hand to discuss the research and testing offered at TCNA’s state-of-the-art Product Performance Testing Laboratory – North America’s largest tile-and-stone-specific facility for independent testing and research. To get a glimpse of “a day in the life” of the TCNA Lab, catch the session “Tile Testing 101: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at How Products are Tested for Quality and Performance” (Thursday, 8:00 -9:00 am). 

Leading associations are co-located with TCNA in booth

Leading associations are co-located with TCNA in booth

“Why Tile” Quickfire Sessions

Eric of TCNA

20-minute mini-sessions are packed with information on the benefits offered by tile.

Put these 20-minute mini-sessions on your agenda! Running Tuesday through Friday, these bite-sized sessions are packed with information on the inherent benefits tile has to offer: “Healthy, WELL, and Wise with Tile,” “Tile’s Greenhouse Wheelhouse,” “Tile’s Unrivaled Time-Tested Durability,” “Peace of Mind Under Your Feet,” and “How Smart Phones are Changing the Way We Think and Approach Design.” Check the Coverings app or Show Directory for times and locations.

Building green

TCNA and TCNA members are synonymous with leadership in building green with tile. For example, the UL-certified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for North American tile, tile mortars and tile grouts provide unrivaled transparency on the environmental impact of a full tile installation. These EPDs make it easier for green builders, designers and specifiers to make informed decisions that satisfy the requirements in top green building rating systems including LEED, Green Globes, 2018 IgCC-ASHREA 189.1, and ICC 700. Additionally, those seeking LEED building certification can also look to Green Squared Certified products, which contribute toward the LEED Pilot Credit for “Certified Multi-Attribute Products and Materials.” For the latest on tile sustainability, be sure to catch TCNA’s Director of Standards Development and Sustainability Initiatives, Bill Griese, in the session “Transparency Trilogy Part I: Transparency in Materials” where he’ll review ongoing industry initiatives to provide transparency and health-related information to satisfy supply chain demands (Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.). 

Installation Demonstration Stage, #3138

The Coverings Installation Demonstration stage #3138 shows products and methods in action, from the pros.

The Coverings Installation Demonstration stage shows products and methods in action.

The North American Pavilion offers you a first look at the newest installation materials, technologies and tools. Throughout the show, TCNA exhibitors and the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) will provide live product demos at the Coverings Installation Demonstration Stage (#3138). Get an up-close look at the latest products in action and tips from pros on how to navigate common challenges. While you’re there, enter to win one of the many drawings between demonstrations.

Installation & Design Experience, #3538

New in 2019 is the Installation & Design Experience (#3538), which is sure to be a main attraction. This multi-faceted feature will include a lounge as well as hospitality vignettes by top designers. Also included is an area focused on installation and education, with the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) onsite providing information for installers looking to advance their careers. Additionally, guided tours of the Installation Materials District will leave from the lounge at 11:00 am (Tuesday – Thursday) with lunch to follow at noon, and happy hour in the lounge beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Canine creations featured in the Art Tile Village

One-of-a-kind tiled doghouses will be displayed in the courtyard of the Art Tile Village in the North American Pavilion.

One-of-a-kind tiled doghouses will be displayed in the courtyard of the Art Tile Village in the North American Pavilion.

The Art Tile Village – the largest assembly of decorative tile artisans under one roof – has become a favorite destination for show-goers. Beautiful and unique offerings from boutique tile makers across the continent are on display. In the courtyard (#4209), you’ll also see one-of-a-kind tiled dog houses created by TCNA members. These artful abodes will be donated to an Orlando-area pet charity, which will be onsite during the show with some furry, four-legged companions. Be sure to stop by – you may just make a new friend! 

Whether your main objective at Coverings is to network with colleagues, find design inspiration from the newest trends, or learn about the latest advancements in tile technology, exciting discoveries await you in the TCNA North American Pavilion.

Essential and must-have gear for tile installers

Tools in the tile trade are essential items to get your job done. We interviewed a few NTCA members to get their take on their favorite and must-have gear for tile installers.

“Tools for guys are like shoes for girls,” said Phil Green, NTCA member and owner of P.G.C. Construction, Remodeling and Design in Gilberts, Ill. They “don’t really NEED all that they have but just in case.” Green added, “This isn’t intended to be sexist because I know, especially in this (Tile Geeks) group, many girls like tools too, and I’ll bet some of the guys here also like shoes…LOL.”

Eibenstock wet/dry hand saw is great gear for John Parulis.

John Parulis, of Contractors Tile in San Rafael, Calif., takes it down to the basics, when he says his most important tool is his glasses! In addition to that, Parulis names his must-have list, which includes the obvious 10” tile saw. His other faves are an Eibenstock wet/dry hand saw and cutting table for 48” long material. Orange Aluminum 8’ long tee for layout guide and straight edge work, variable speed grinder, 8” power grip vacuum pumps for large-format tile, Montolit Perfetto CPF 250 razor sharp precision blades, and Dewalt laser layout tool are also on his list.

ProKnees, style 0714, are favored tools for Eric Simon.

There are tools to use with tile and there are tools that safeguard your body. Eric Simon, Simon & Simon Tilemasters LLC, said ProKnee knee pads are the best thing since sliced bread (or tile, in his case). He’s used them for at least 25 years, usually the 0714 style, and said they are “very highly recommended” to any trade on their knees. 

Ken Ballin of Skyro Floors, West Creek, N.J., agrees with the ProKnees, and also names a good snap cutter (Sigma and Montolit are favorites) and a nice set of levels, preferably Stabila R-Beams, as his favorites. 

He also said a good source for diamond tools – and not just blades – is invaluable. “There are tons of great diamond tools for shaping, grinding, and cutting that don’t

Ken Ballin prizes a nice set of levels, preferably Stabila R-Beams.

go on your wet saw,” he said, adding, “I’m a big fan of tiletools.com, contractorsdirect.com, and tools4flooring.com mainly because Steve, Mark, and Nick there are so supportive of our Facebook groups Tile Love 2.0 and Flooring Installers of America. They all contributed to my annual Christmas contest for those two groups and I really try to recommend them to everyone who asks me for my sources.”

Mike Morley of Mike’s Quality Carpentry, McHenry, Ill., uses Spin Doctor Tile Spacers from RTC to eliminate lippage. “They are great,” he said. “The spacer

Eliminating lippage with the RTC Spin Doctor Tile Spacers is the way to go for Mike Morley.

is one-time use and they are $10.00 for 100. You can use the spinners over and over. My guys love them.”

Jason Jones, of Jones Tile in Columbia, Ala., has a whole list of essentials, remarking, “Essential tools? How much time have you got?” Here goes: 

  1. Stanley FatMax 25’ tape.
  2. Pencil (usually free ones I glom off reps )
  3. Knee pads: I prefer the leather kind with buckles.
  4. A good snap cutter (I’ve got a shiny Montolit 29” I’ve had for a couple of months that
    I love).
  5. Grinder (with proper blade and technique, you can get away with not using a wet saw often if you choose).
  6. My Dewalt wet saw (I use it often anyways despite what I said in point 5).
  7. Mixing drill and paddle. I’m using an el cheapo Harbor Freight drill lately and it works juuust fine.
  8. One can never have too many buckets.
  9. Margin and notched trowel. I use a euro notch more often than not anymore. Flat trowels for pans (along with a wood float for packing).

    A good grout float and an ARDEX sponge gets the job done for Jason Jones.

  10. Lippage clips make my life easier despite what the “old school” naysayers may preach.  I like LevTec and MLT.
  11. Cordless drill/driver for whatever you have.
  12. Oscillating saw for door jambs and other needs.
  13. A rubbing stone for the rough edges.
  14. Good grout float and sponge (ARDEX sponge)
  15. Did I say buckets? Yeah?  Buckets again!

Brad Denny of Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Co., Inc., in Joelton, Tenn., exclaimed, “If anyone else doesn’t say it, I must! From the beginning as a laborer to the end of their career, the margin trowel has been the most useful and versatile tile tool in my tool arsenal. It can clean, butter, pack, mark, scrape, cut, chip, prise, hammer, mix, scoop, and catch…all things a tile laborer, finisher, apprentice, installer, and craftsperson might need to do. I prefer having a sharp 5” x 2” for more delicate needs or tighter places and duller 6” x 2” for more robust needs or longer reach. Marshalltown Dura Soft handles have been my choice for several years. 

A Lufkin X46 Folding Rule with a 6” slide out helps Brad Denny on his jobs in a myriad of ways.

“The other tool I will always have is a Lufkin X46 Folding Rule with 6” slide out,” he added. “My grandfather taught me to always have one, and I still keep the same model on me when out on the job site and in my truck. A tape measure is great for most things, but features that set a folding rule apart are having an instant ridged ‘story pole’ that can be very helpful on wall layouts, and using the precision squared brass end to mark cuts more accurately. It has a reversed measurement on the other side, and the very clever 6” slide allows the user to dial in tight measurements between two planes and evaluate how parallel they are to one another.”

The Montolit P3 series Masterpiuma manual tile cutter is a versatile tool for Jeremy Waldorf.

For Jeremy Waldorf of Legacy Floors in Howell, Mich., Montolit is his #1 tool brand and prized tool is the P3 series Masterpiuma manual tile cutter. Waldorf started out as a “wet-saw guy” and logged millions of steps running up and down stairs on each job, even to make simple cuts. But some of his friends used snappers and grinders and rarely used their wet saws. 

“This idea was VERY attractive to me, so I bought a Kobalt 24” snapper from Lowe’s,” he said. “I used that thing for a while, but it had its limitations and I found them rather quickly. I finally decided to do what I thought I’d never do- pay more for a manual cutter than my wet saw. I bought my first Montolit P393 36” slide cutter.” His initial experience with it was horrifying, resulting only in “terrible cuts. Tiles were breaking off midway, shattering, and just frustrating me greatly,” he said. He lamented and regretted his decision, but some wise words from those on the Tile Geeks Facebook group helped him get up and running. “After a little fine tuning and a lot of practice, I was making 1/2” rips of the side of a 36” textured porcelain plank- over and over again,” he explained. “It felt amazing, especially to a wet saw guy.” 

Not long after, he competed in the Global Tile Posse snap cutter speed challenge and won a P363 25” Masterpiuma cutter. “These two cutters have changed my tile game more than any other tools I’ve owned,” he said. “Now I only use a wet saw on about 20% of my jobs, when I have a complex shower or other specialized details. However, that’s changing the more I use Montolit tools. The shaping blades and core bits for grinders allow me to do things I haven’t been able to in years past.” Waldorf said it’s turned into a kind of “game” for him to test limits of the cutter, and he has found that Montolit brand tools and the Masterpiuma cutters in particular far exceed his expectations and are “game changers.” In fact, he recently removed excess material from the back of bullnose with the STL blade to make it flush with the mosaic he was installing. “My client was impressed, and so was I,” Waldorf said. “It was very cool to be able to make it all work in that way. With options like these, there’s never been a better time to be a tile setter.”

Ceramics of Italy celebrates the legacy of tile at Coverings 2019

Ceramics of Italy logoFor the 2019 edition of Coverings, the Italian Pavilion will showcase a vast array of cutting-edge tile and installation products in over 75 booths from Ceramics of Italy member companies, while offering a delicious respite for attendees in Ceramics of Italy’s central stand. Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the show, the Italian Association of Ceramics will also introduce a new two-volume book, Mater Ceramica, that delves into the history of ceramics and Italian tile design over the past 70 years, which will serve as an invaluable resource to the industry.

Strada Dinamica

The Italian Pavilion will showcase a vast array of cutting-edge tile and installation products.

The Italian Pavilion will showcase a vast array of cutting-edge tile and installation products.

The Italian Association of Ceramics will introduce a new two-volume book, Mater Ceramica, that delves into the history of ceramics and Italian tile design over the past 70 years.

The Italian Association of Ceramics will introduce a new two-volume book, Mater Ceramica.

In the middle of the Italian Pavilion, attendees will find the Ceramics of Italy booth “Strada Dinamica” situated like an open piazza. In fact, the designers at e+i studio modeled the exhibit after a lively Italian streetscape with standing communal tables, landscaped benches, and a coffee bar and café, all clad in tile to demonstrate the versatility and durability of Italian products. The floor, set on a raised system by Newfloor, is constructed from grey, large-format porcelain tile from Lea Ceramiche while the curvilinear furnishings are custom cut from Florim’s Magnum Oversize tiles. The space serves as the perfect meeting point for attendees to network over coffee or take a break from the tradeshow floor. It also houses an information kiosk where visitors can learn more about exhibitors in the Italian pavilion and initiatives the Italian industry is supporting to promote the benefits and use of ceramic and porcelain tiles, grouts and more.

Trends and innovations

New products will be on display at the pavilion’s exhibitors, including Ariana Storm for outdoors Visitors will find the Italian Pavilion full of inspiration and innovation this year, with a multitude of new products spurred by technological advancements and shifting cultural trends. As Italian companies continue to invest in new production equipment, their product lines are evolving into a whole suite of surfacing tools with a variety of sizes, thicknesses and finishes developed around a single design. At this year’s show, visitors can expect to find tiles ranging from 3-30mm thick, including a new 12mm thick tile specifically designed for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, tables and outdoor kitchens. 

 

Fondovalle My Top

New products will be on display at the pavilion’s exhibitors, including and Fondovalle My Top.

Meanwhile, gauged porcelain tiles continue to grow in popularity with designs ranging from hyper-realistic natural looks to dark florals and geometric patterns on wallpaper-like panels. Of course, tile is also a natural fit for outdoor environments with its low water absorption rate and high breakage loads, and companies are continuously expanding their systems of porcelain pavers, which are starting to replace stone in museums and residences around the country.

Last year, Ceramics of Italy participated in the Installation Design Showcase tiny house project. This year, Glenda Wright of HHCP will work with NTCA Five-Star Contractor Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Co., to create a hidden oasis vignette using Italian tile products.

Installation & Design Experience

Ceramics of Italy is proud to support the Coverings Showcase for the eighth year in a row, which will be situated inside the new Installation & Design Experience. Demonstrating the synergy among innovative products, creative design and expert installation, Glenda Wright of the Orlando-based architecture firm HHCP will work with a team from NTCA Five-Star Contractor Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Co., to create a hidden oasis vignette using Italian tile products. Attendees are invited to visit the space throughout the show to see the vignette come to life and meet the design and installation teams to learn about their inspiration, process, challenges and best practices.

Events and sessions

Off the show floor, representatives from Ceramics of Italy will participate in a number of talks and educational sessions on important topics for all industry professionals, from the latest tile trends to changes in the marketplace and transparency in materials and shipping. 

“The Changing Market for Ceramic Tile in the U.S.”
Tuesday, April 9, 3:00 p.m. 

Donato Grosser, President of Grosser Consulting, along with Santo Torcivia, President of Marketing Insights, will offer updates on the current state of the ceramic tile marketplace during their annual presentation 

“Transparency in Materials”
Wednesday, April 10, 1:30 p.m.

Ceramics of Italy will participate in the first of a three-part series in the Coverings Conference Program that addresses the issue of material transparency across product categories. 

“Transparency in Handling and Shipping”
Wednesday, April 10, 3:00 p.m.

This second session series in the Coverings Conference Program – co-presented by Confindustria Ceramica and CTDA – will explore the journey of products from the factory to point of sale, and how it should be traceable and safe for people and the environment. 

“Global Tile Trends”
Thursday, April 11, 2:00 p.m.

Cristina Faedi, Manager of Promotional Activities for Ceramics of Italy, will discuss the latest tile trends, material innovations and creative applications with other tile industry experts during the annual session. Immediately afterwards, Coverings Ambassador Alena Capra will guide visitors on a walking tour to see the trends in person.

Follow the “Made in Italy” trademark throughout the show to find products defined by high aesthetic quality, durability, and environmental responsibility. For those unable to attend the show, follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information about the Italian tile industry, visit www.ceramica.info.

Tile of Spain reveals design trends and innovations at Coverings 2019

Tile of Spain logoTile of Spain, Booth #5134

Tile of Spain, the international brand representing over 100 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER), is ready to “wow” Coverings 2019.

Visitors to the Spanish Pavilion will witness some of the most advanced ceramic tile technology and breathtaking design choices the world has to offer from 98 Spanish ceramic and stone manufacturers.

The Tile of Spain booth (# 5134), located in the center of the pavilion, holds a variety of literature, including directories to the must-see Spanish tile exhibitors and the latest issues of Ceraspaña, Tile of Spain’s quarterly magazine. 

Presentations and videos will run throughout the show, including award-winning architectural and design projects and an overview of Tile of Spain manufacturers’ achievements featuring beautiful design and products with unsurpassed quality, durability and versatility. 

Presentations in the Spanish Pavilion (Booth #5134) include:

Tile of Spain show sign“Gauging” Your Specifications – 2019
Tuesday, April 9. 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 11. 12:00 p.m.

This session is all about taking full advantage of specifically engineered thicknesses to optimize budgets and allow for broader specification of tile in projects. Modern technology is providing opportunity to narrowly define the “minimum effective dose” needed for a given area of specification by offering multiple gauges or thicknesses in tile programs today. The slimmer profile you can select for your jobs compounds cost savings at every level from raw material to trucking to site to installation. Tile has always been the most economic option over the lifespan of the investment – join us at the Tile of Spain pavilion to see what the industry is doing to lower the up-front cost while retaining the technical, aesthetic and ease of maintenance of ceramics that clients have always loved.

Showstoppers Live: Interviews direct from the Tile of Spain Pavilion
Tuesday, April 9, 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 10, 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, April 12, 3:30 p.m.

Witness firsthand Tile of Spain Consultant and Ceramic Tile Specialist Ryan Fasan live from the Spanish Pavilion as he talks to Tile of Spain manufacturers about the latest ceramic tile technology and design offerings being showcased at Coverings.

Once again, ASCER, the Professional Association of Ceramic Tile Manufacturers from Spain, and ICEX Spain Trade and Investment organize the 2019 Spain Pavilion. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit tileofspainusa.com. 

Ryan Fasan will speak about the latest ceramic tile technology and design offerings at Coverings.

Ryan Fasan will speak about the latest ceramic tile technology and design offerings at Coverings.

CTDA – connecting, educating and strengthening distributors

Coverings is the greatest tile and stone show in the western hemisphere. CTDA is the only organization in the western hemisphere connecting, educating and strengthening tile and stone distributors. Don’t miss the CTDA highlights at Coverings this year at booth #3219 with information on CTDA member benefits including:

  • New cost-savings member benefits, 
  • CTDA’s social media program on Facebook Twitter and LinkedIn, 
  • The Certified Ceramic Tile Salesperson (CCTS) Program, 
  • A TSP 2019 giveaway – and of course CTDA will be registering attendees for TSP! 

Also, during Coverings, CTDA will conduct a CCTS Certification Exam, sponsor a CTDA Happy Hour on the show floor and present the CTDA Supplier of the Year award.

Certified Ceramic Tile Salesperson exam

On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, potential Certified Ceramic Tile Salespersons will be taking the examination to become certified. Through the CCTS program, ceramic tile sales professionals can gain prestige, professional recognition, expanded knowledge and increased customer satisfaction. It’s the first and only certification program specifically designed by and for ceramic tile salespeople! For additional information or for an application, visit the CTDA site, contact CTDA staff at 630-545-9415, or email [email protected] 

Tuesday happy hour and Supplier of the Year award

Stop by Booth #3219 on Tuesday evening for happy hour. Enjoy a special drink from CTDA as it announces CTDA’s 2019 Supplier of the Year. CTDA and its distributor members value the importance of supplier relationships. Annually, CTDA distributor members recognize the supplier who provides the most value to its distributor members and the ceramic tile and stone industry by awarding them with the CTDA Supplier of the Year Award. The winner is selected based on the results of a survey completed by CTDA’s distributor members. Members rate up to three suppliers each on the following criteria: leadership, marketing, training, technology, communication, policies, and product shipment and support. Past recipients include industry leading companies such as Florida Tile, Crossville, LATICRETE and MAPEI.

At Coverings 2018, Mark Shannon accepted the CTDA Supplier of the Year Award presented to Crossville, Inc.

At Coverings 2018, Mark Shannon accepted the CTDA Supplier of the Year Award presented to Crossville, Inc.

Member benefits

CTDA logoDuring the show stop by CTDA’s Booth #3219 to learn about member benefits and if you aren’t already a member, fill out an application. Applications are also accepted online.

Card Connect: CTDA members receive access to Card Connect, a credit card processing company whose services are available to CTDA members at deeply discounted prices. Companies have seen savings of 10% to more than 50% on credit card processing fees when switching to Card Connect.

Insperity: Human resources and benefits solutions are available to CTDA members through Insperity. Products and services include payroll, time and attendance, recruiting services, retirement services, financial services, performance management and more. 

PartnerShip: CTDA members save money on every inbound, outbound, small and large shipment with PartnerShip. Experience excellent savings and enjoy a complete managed solution for shipping less-than-load and full-load shipments. 

MyPlanITraveler.com: CTDA members can receive major travel savings through complimentary access to MyPlanITraveler, a travel membership site that provides wholesale pricing on hotel stays, vacation resorts, car rentals, cruises and travel activities. 

Northwestern Mutual provides insurance and wealth management to individuals and businesses. Through CTDA’s partnership with Northwestern Mutual, you have access to Northwestern business professionals who can provide you and your company with a FREE business evaluation. 

CTDA membership has many additional benefits including access to educational webinars, discounted online education through University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS), Tile Training in a Box, networking through Total Solutions Plus, committee involvement or small groups. More information at https://www.ctdahome.org/content/membership/benefits.asp or https://bit.ly/2Sdjbuc.

Total Solutions Plus

Total Solutions Plus logoCome register for Total Solutions Plus 2019 at CTDA’s Booth #3219. Over 650 attendees took part in the networking, educational sessions and keynote speakers that Total Solutions Plus 2018 offered and another recording breaking year in 2019 is expected. The purpose of Total Solutions Plus is to annually bring the ceramic tile industry together to network and learn from each other. 

Please plan to attend the 2019 Total Solutions Plus, October 26-29 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. Experience thrilling keynote sessions, engaging breakout sessions, receptions and tours to enhance networking experiences with your peers and business partners in the tile industry.

Social media

Follow CTDA on social media: 

  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1937152 as Ceramic Tile Distributors Association. 
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/theCTDA as @theCTDA 
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ceramic-Tile-Distributors-Association-CTDA-268340616510423/ as Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA).

COVERINGS MARKS 30TH ANNIVERSARY WITH ROSTER OF SHOW EXPERIENCES

 

(ARLINGTON, VA—February 7, 2019) Coverings, the largest international tile & stone show in North America, will feature a wide range of interactive onsite experiences, including expanded favorites like the Installation & Design Experience and new activations in celebration of its 30th Anniversary.

Celebrating three decades of success, the show will feature a range of commemorative displays showcasing the history of Coverings, with interactive opportunities for attendees to create and share their own memories. The South Lobby of the Orange County Convention Center will host a timeline with highlights from Coverings’ heritage and a 30th Anniversary-branded photo booth, where attendees can win anniversary t-shirts by sharing photos to social media. Exhibitors who have participated for 30 years will also be recognized. A DJ in the lobby reception area will incorporate music from 1989 as nod to Coverings’ launch year.

“Coverings’ 30th Anniversary is a testament to the success and growth of the tile and stone industry, which continues to dedicate time and resources to annually spotlight the best in product innovations, installation techniques, and industry expertise,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “We look forward to celebrating three decades of success and those who continue to make the show possible.”

The Installation & Design Experience will expand its presence in 2019 with live, interactive showcases of the best tile installation techniques. Qualified, trained, and certified tile installers, will host demonstrations and conversations within the space, offering insights on common installation challenges and the use of trending materials. The Installation and Design Experience also will host daily happy hours for further networking and learning opportunities. For 2019, three vignettes will anchor the experience, designed by locally-based designers and architects:

New this year, Coverings will introduce an Online Planner to help attendees maximize their time at the show by previewing key exhibitor introductions through the New Product Showcase, which will launch in February. Guests will be able to explore innovative tools and products debuting at Coverings in advance and plan their visit by marking must-see exhibits within the Coverings mobile app to create a roadmap for their Coverings 2019 discoveries.

To further enhance the Coverings 2019 onsite experiences, many of the long-standing networking and learning opportunities will return:

  • Recharge at the Coverings Connect lounge, located on the show floor, which will feature a mobile device charging station, free WiFi, and “byte size” sessions, with short, digitally-focused educational seminars
  • Peruse the Art Tile Courtyard for creative tile applications, with handcrafted tile and tiled dog houses, provided by Tile Council of North America members.
  • Learn from leading professional contractors at the Live Installation Demo Stage, for “how-to” classes with an in-person look at tile installation solutions for challenging projects.
  • Stop by The Stone Zone, where The Stone Fabricators Alliance will present ongoing demonstrations and educational “how-to” topics for fabricators and installers.

To register for free and learn more about on-site activations, please visit coverings.com.

Coverings Awards Deadlines Extended; complimentary registration now open

 

You now have more time to submit your top projects from the past two years to the 2019 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards. The CID Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile & stone in residential, institutional and commercial projects. Submit your projects before the new deadline of Friday, January 11.

Winners receive:

  • Projects displayed onsite at Coverings 2019
  • Up to $3,000 in prize money
  • One-night hotel stay at Coverings 2019
  • Recognition during the CID Awards Reception at Coverings 2019
  • Coverage in sponsored publications

Rock Star Nomination Deadline Also Extended

Realizing it’s a busy time of year, the deadline for Coverings 2019 Rock Star nominations has also been extended to Friday, January 11. The Coverings Rock Stars program honors and celebrates emerging leaders in the tile & stone industry and provides them with unique professional development opportunities. If you know of a talented young industry professional, nominate them today.

Coverings Rock Stars receive:

  • One-night hotel stay at Coverings 2019
  • Recognition during the Rock Star Awards during Coverings 2019
  • Coverage in press and social media
  • Feature on Coverings website for one year
  • Special Rock Star ribbon for Coverings badge

Complimentary Registration is Open

Whether you are a specifier, builder, remodeler, distributor, fabricator, installer, contractor or retailer, you will find everything you need to enhance your tile & stone expertise at Coverings 2019 in Orlando. Improve your bottom line by making deals directly with 1,100+ global exhibitors. Learn from panel discussions, live demonstrations, and case study presentations happening on and off the show floor. Take your business to the next level at Coverings 2019, April 9-12 in Orlando, Florida.

To enter a project, nominate a Rock Star or get more information about Coverings, visit http://www.coverings.com.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN TO ATTEND COVERINGS 2019 IN ORLANDO

 

 

 

 

 

(ARLINGTON, VA—October 2, 2018) Coverings, the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, has opened registration for its 2019 show. Coverings highlights the latest in tile & stone products from around the world and provides insights into industry trends with a wide range of exhibits and education, while facilitating quality connections through onsite networking events. Returning to the Orlando, Florida market, Coverings 2019 will be held April 9-12, at the Orange County Convention Center and is open to all industry professionals at no cost. Prospective attendees can register now at coverings.com/register.

Coverings 2019 will include more than 1,100 exhibitors from over 40 countries and feature the latest in innovations, trends, and live demonstrations. Attendees will have the chance to attend free education sessions, many offering CEUs, with planned topics including: project case studies, economic forecasts, industry trends, labor shortages and solutions, installation demos and cross-segment collaboration.

Programming caters to all tile and stone professionals, with insights relevant to architects and designers, builders and remodelers, contractors & installers, fabricators, retailers, and distributors.

“Coverings is proud to provide free access to top industry experts and products from around the globe,” comments Alena Capra, Coverings Industry Ambassador. “As we continue our annual showcase of the latest in tile & stone materials, installation techniques and design trends, we’re excited to welcome industry professionals of all backgrounds with robust new programming and product introductions.”

Attendees who commit in advance will receive notice of key programs, access to conference information, promotions and other exclusive opportunities. As Orlando is traditionally one of the show’s most popular markets, early registrants are also encouraged to look into accommodations and are offered discounted hotel stays through Coverings hotel partners at https://www.coverings.com/hotels/. You can find discounted airfare and attractions at https://www.coverings.com/travel/.

To learn more about Coverings, please visit coverings.com.

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Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from over 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 45 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifies, 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 2019 takes place April 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. For more information, visit coverings.com or contact Taffy Events, Coverings Show Management, 703-539-5504.

CID Deadline extended to Friday, Jan. 11th-COVERINGS CALLS FOR TOP PROJECTS & EMERGING LEADERS IN TILE & STONE

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: Deadline extension for the Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards and 2019 Rock Stars Awards, which are now due by Friday January 11th.

 

(ARLINGTON, VA—October 18, 2018) Coverings, the largest international tile &stone show in North America, is now accepting submissions for both the 2019 Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards and 2019 Rock Stars Awards. Both programs honor the best and brightest within tile and stone, underscoring Coverings’ mission to support the growth and success of the industry.

“Coverings is proud to build awareness for — and foster relationships with — the best in the business by highlighting inspiring projects and young leaders,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “The CID and Rock Stars Awards continue to showcase the incredible work and talent within the tile and stone industry.”

Coverings Installation and Design Awards

The CID Awards recognize outstanding design and installation in residential and commercial tile and stone projects. Architects, designers, builders, contractors, distributors, retailers, installers and other professionals are eligible to submit through the Coverings online portal at https://www.coverings.com/cid-awards/ before 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday December 17, 2018. The 2019 submission categories include tile installation, tile design, stone installation and stone design for both residential and commercial projects. It’s free to enter, and multiple entries are encouraged.

Projects are evaluated by an independent panel of judges based on their levels of creativity, craftsmanship and use of materials, and must have been completed within the past two years. A grand prize of $3,000 will be awarded to the most outstanding project, which showcases excellence in both design and installation. Eight category winners will each receive a prize of $2,000. All winners will receive a one-night stay in Orlando to attend Coverings 2019 and will have their work featured on display at the show.

The CID awards are sponsored by the following publications: TileLetter, Contemporary Stone & Tile Design and Tile Magazine.

Rock Stars Awards

Now entering its fifth year, Coverings’ Rock Stars Awards has recognized dozens of emerging industry leaders and is now accepting submissions for 2019. All candidates must be nominated by a colleague within the industry. Eligible nominees must be 35 or younger and employed within one of the following professions: architect, designer, distributor, retailer, contractor/installer, fabricator, specifier, trade association, or manufacturer. All nominations must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. EST Monday, December 17.

Rock Stars submission forms and full criteria can be found here. https://www.coverings.com/coverings-rock-stars/

Rock Stars candidates are reviewed by a committee of industry leaders and selected honorees will be celebrated at the annual Coverings Rock Stars Awards Luncheon. Further accolades for 2019 Rock Stars include a free one-night hotel stay in Orlando, inclusion in Coverings press releases, a special Rock Star badge ribbon and a year-long feature on the Coverings website. 2018 Rock Star winners can be found here https://www.coverings.com/coverings-rock-stars/.

To learn more about either award program, please visit coverings.com.

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Coverings Social Media Facebook: facebook.com/CoveringsShow Twitter: @Coverings, #Coverings2019 Pinterest: pinterest.com/Coverings Instagram: instagram.com/CoveringsShow YouTube: youtube.com/TheCoveringsShow LinkedIn: linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1693367 Google +: google.com/+Coverings Blog: coverings.com/blog

Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from over 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 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifies, 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 Manufacturers 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 2019 takes place April 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. For more information, visit coverings.com or contact Taffy Events, Coverings Show Management, 703-539-5504.

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