Challenging cladding project takes careful planning, expertise and materials

When an owner of a newly built home in Berkeley, Calif., contacted Martin Brookes of NTCA Five-Star Contractor Heritage Marble & Tile in Mill Valley, Calif., about cladding his home’s exterior, Brookes knew the project was going to take technical expertise and special installation protocols, setting materials and specialized equipment. 

The finished project involved 3,200 sq. ft. of large-format porcelain tile for cladding, upper deck and out buildings.

The homeowner had sourced the 4’ x 4’ x 1/2” porcelain tile through a local vendor from an Italian manufacturer, Brookes said. “We

The Raimondi RAI-FIX Anchoring system provided a simple, effective solution to prevent the fall of the tiles applied vertically with adhesive in case of detachment from the wall.

knew this would be a challenging project and layout would be critical due to the owner requiring full tile on all four sides,” Brookes explained. “We teamed up with LATICRETE, which gave an installation procedure we were comfortable in executing.” Dale Foster, LATICRETE rep, was a huge help in helping things run on time without a hitch.

Though these were large-format tiles, they were thick and rigid at 1/2″ (12.7 mm) – not the thin gauged porcelain tile panels (GPTP) becoming increasingly more popular today.  

“Because of the weight of the tile we also decided to anchor the tile with Raimondi RAI-FIX Anchoring System,” Brookes added. This system provides a simple, effective solution to prevent the fall of the tiles applied vertically with adhesive in case of detachment from the wall. At the time – the project spanned February – May 2017 – Raimondi RAI-FIX was not available in the U.S., so Heritage had the components shipped from the UK to meet the schedule for the installation (Note: the system is now available domestically through Donnelly Distribution at

In addition to the installation protocol, anchors, and setting materials, what helped the job to go smoothly was the excellence and expertise of crew members Gabriel Cortez and Leo Escamilia, who are both Certified Tile Installers and ACT Certified. They corrected the previously installed substrate to provide a suitable surface to be tiled, and layout was thoughtfully calculated to make the finished product shine.

Because the panels were so thick and rigid, crews used suction cups to move the tile from the scaffold to the substrate.

The project started toward the end of the rainy season, so Heritage crews had to protect the work space.

Crews used a large MK Diamond bridge saw on site to cut the material, which worked perfectly, Brookes said. All the corners on the project featured quirk miters. 

Crews, led by CTI/ACT certified Gabriel Cortez and Leo Escamilia, corrected the previously installed substrate to provide a suitable surface to be tiled, and layout was thoughtfully calculated to make the finished product shine.

The contractor had GPTP equipment on hand to move the tile due to its size. But because the panels themselves were so thick and rigid, Brookes didn’t need to use it and opted for suction cups to move the tile from the scaffold to the substrate. It took four crew members to handle the weight and the handling of the tile. 

Heritage Marble & Tile workers implemented directional troweling with LATICRETE 254, which performed exactly as expected. 

“We did not grout the project until we gave the thin-set mortar ample time to cure,” Brookes said. “We felt this would not only benefit the curing process of the thin-set mortar, but would reduce our potential call backs for efflorescence or latex leaching.”

Leo Escamilia (l.), a valued Heritage crew member who is a CTI and ACT certified, along with LATICRETE rep Dave Foster – both of whom were instrumental to the smoothly running project.

The Heritage team – and the client – were thoroughly pleased with the results, which amounted to about 3,200 sq. ft. of tile for the cladding, upper deck and out buildings. “Although this was a challenging project, the guys excelled and the finished product was to the delight of the owner,” Brookes concluded.

Planning for safety and style in commercial and residential showers

Curbless shower

Did you know January is National Bath Safety Month? While the origin of this month-long observation is unknown, the reason for it is clear: the bathroom is where most injuries happen within a dwelling, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). And of course, people can get injured in any other bathroom they use; for example, in restrooms at work, in stores and malls, at venues for attending shows or events – the list goes on. Since so much of the tile industry’s work is done in some type of bathroom, TileLetter polled a group of NTCA members and technical staff on bathroom-safety-related observations and experience.

Consider DCOF

The BOT 3000 is a device for measuring the dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF) of ceramic tile and many other hard surface floorings.

As you no doubt already guessed, all who were asked agreed that a main consideration is the dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF) for any tile being used on a bathroom floor, because DCOF is essentially a measurement of a tile’s slip resistance. 

“We recommend tiles with the proper DCOF ratings and occasionally add an anti-slip treatment,” said Nyle Wadford of Neuse Tile in Youngsville, N.C., adding that his company will recommend a different selection if they think there may be a safety issue. Buck Collins, owner of Collins Tile in Ashburn, Va., concurred, saying, “We pay particular attention to this information and if we have any concerns they are discussed with the homeowner or GC before proceeding.” 

The ANSI A326.3 standard provides the test method for measuring DCOF of hard surface flooring materials and guidance on specifying hard surfaces relative to slip resistance. Tile Council’s technical bulletin on DCOF provides additional information in more reader-friendly language. Both publications and several other helpful DCOF resources are available for free download at or

Safety on the rails

The focus group was also asked about handrails and grab bars. Commercially focused tile companies are not likely to install grab bars, probably because other trades or the manufacturer will do that work, said NTCA Technical Trainer Robb Roderick. But residentially oriented companies seem to be installing them more and more, “especially in basement bathrooms that often serve as guest baths for clients with aging parents,” said Gianna Vallefuoco of Vallefuoco Contractors in Rockville Md. Collins agreed, saying his company puts them into about half the showers they build. Typically, he said, they install blocking (2” x 8” or 2” x 10”) between the wall studs where the grab bars will be installed after tiling, to ensure they can be firmly anchored. 

It’s becoming more common for blocking to be included at the framing stage, regardless of whether grab bars will be installed right away. “It’s easier to have these measures addressed as the bathroom is being created than after the fact,” said Vallefuoco. “We leave the client with a drawing of where they are located,” said Collins, “in the event they want to install them at a later date.”

Long gone are yesteryear’s grab bars. Safety accessories for the bathroom are now attractive and available in every style and finish, and price point.

Robert Showers, of Avalon Flooring in Cherry Hill, N.J., noted that some grab bars don’t require blocking nor drilling through tile. However, those option do have to be part of the original plan, as they are installed when the backer board is being installed. 

At the same time, a residential contractor may opt to avoid work related to handrails. Neuse Tile is often asked to put them in but rarely does, “because of the liability associated with a failure of the fastening methods,” said Wadford. “As a result of that and the variety of differing apparatuses that can be used, we leave that work to the expertise of others.”

Curbless showers: zero entry or barrier free?

A curbless shower facilitates easier shower entry and exit. This beauty was installed by Collins Tile.

Another growing trend is for showers to be curbless, also commonly referred to as zero entry. Curbless showers “go” with the minimalist style that we see across the industry, said Vallefuoco, while giving those with mobility issues easier entry into the shower. It’s important to note though, that a curbless shower is not necessarily “barrier-free,” a term often used to describe showers that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires a lengthy list of additional requirements (for example, enough room for a wheelchair to turn around) in order for a shower or bathroom to be considered ADA compliant.

The group noted a litany of such additional details of bathroom and shower design and installation that could relate to safety: making sure shower floor tile is small enough to follow the three-dimensional conical shape of a floor that is sloped to a round drain, the angle of a curb when a curb is used, the height of a niche, shelf, or seat, etc.  

For instance, John Cox of Cox Tile in San Antonio, Texas, said that “We may position a seat or half wall to make sure there is some stability in the layout.” 

In addition, he points out the benefits of linear drains as a safety consideration. “Water flow maintenance can actually be better with linear drains,” he mentioned. “It depends on the grate (cover) and water flow. Some of them are more conducive to evacuating water. You have options on placement of locations for the drains. Front, back, to the sides are now viable options.”

And he pointed out that linear drains can pair better with popular larger-format tile. “With your traditional round drains, you have to use smaller tiles to make the slope to drain work,” he said. “You cannot use a larger-format tile due to the slope and not being able to bend the tile.”

NTCA Training Director Mark Heinlein added that in addition to these considerations being safety features, they represent opportunity for tile contractors and installers as “upsell” opportunities.

Good design encouraged from the planning stages

To develop effective slip/fall prevention recommendations for clients, insurance and risk management firm CNA studied the causes of slip/fall incidents. They found that, to reduce slip/fall incidents in bathrooms and showers, cleaning and maintenance practices often need to be improved to significantly reduce or eliminate soap residue from being left behind, because soap residue lowers a floor’s DCOF, meaning it makes a floor more slippery. Download the full report at

Those who want to know more about bathroom safety, including potential business opportunity, might be interested in NKBA’s Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP) program, developed in partnership with the Living In Place Institute ( The program is “devoted to accessibility, comfort and safety in every home” and addresses topics such as statistics and trends for the living in place market; medical, pharmaceutical and cognitive issues (for all ages); designs, products and installation; how to do a home safety assessment, and other business opportunities related to safety.

“There are lots of tiny details that often get overlooked in the planning stages,” said Vallefuoco. “No client wants to have to step or reach in awkward positions to access shower products.” Her sentiment mirrors the NKBA’s: “Part of the battle with convincing clients to consider the principles of living in place when starting a remodeling project is that no one wants to be thought of as ‘old’ or ‘incapable.’ Designers must tread a delicate line in explaining that ‘living in place’ is really just ‘good design’ that can accommodate anyone’s needs, now or in the future.”

How to make and keep workplace New Year’s resolutions


According to a study by New York Times bestselling authors Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield, three out of four people make a New Year’s resolution to improve their work/life balance, but fewer than one in 10 people succeed at this resolution.

The study found those who did succeed in keeping their workplace resolutions attributed it to one or more of the following four behavior changes:

  • Making and keeping habits/rituals/regular behaviors
  • Defining and keeping priorities
  • Organization – do this here, do that there
  • Creating space or break times 

I couldn’t have asked for more solid evidence that the principles and practices that have evolved in the Productive Environment Institute over the past 30+ years can indeed help you to “accomplish your work and enjoy your life!” So let me elaborate: 

Making and keeping habits

Your habits determine your results. Clients often ask me, “What SHOULD I do?” My reply, “That is the wrong question.” The question that will get the results you want is “What WILL I do?” 

There are so many ways to get to the same result. For example, if you want to increase your marketing efforts, you can attend more networking groups, send more emails, write more notes, make more phone calls, ask more clients for referrals, etc. The question is, which one WILL you do, and then, most importantly, create a plan to make it a habit. 

For example, I enjoy writing personal notes, and I have found them to be very effective. When I was a child growing up on the farm in Nebraska, we weren’t allowed to work on Sunday, but one thing my mother had me do on Sunday was write thank you notes. To this day, I spent almost every Sunday afternoon writing notes. 

Defining and keeping priorities

The refrain “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road’ll take you there” was essentially a paraphrase of an exchange between Alice and the Cheshire Cat in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” 

One of the biggest stumbling blocks to defining and keeping priorities is not being able to define specifically where you want to go. When my first marriage of 14 years came to an end, I was sitting in a counselor’s office. She asked the question, “Barbara, what do you want?” My reply, “I really don’t know.” Her reply has become a cornerstone in my life and my business: “Let’s start with what you don’t want.” What you don’t want is “clutter” – and it comes in many forms including physical, digital, emotional and spiritual. I’ve observed with clients that physical and digital clutter is a symptom of emotional and spiritual clutter. As it says in Proverbs, “Without a vision, the people perish.” 


My business has been based on four words: Clutter is Postponed Decisions®. Unfortunately, many people misunderstand what “organization” really means. For example, they have heard the oft-quoted phrase, “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” If that statement were a requirement for organization, I would be classified as one of the most disorganized people on earth. It’s true – there must be a “place for everything,” – but “everything in its place” is impossible for most business owners who love to start things but have difficulty finishing them! (Guess how I know?) The solution? Identify a specific day each week to clear the clutter. If it takes more than 15-30 minutes to do it, there’s something wrong with your SYSTEM (Saving You Space Time Energy Money). 

Creating space or break times 

This principle applies to physical and emotional space. A study by Office Max found 87% of workers admit that during those times when their space is cluttered they feel less productive. A study by Brother International indicated that collective, messy desks and time spent looking for misplaced items cost corporate America $177 billion annually. One of our most popular solutions to increase productivity and teamwork in an office is holding a “Productivity Party” – a day packed with training, de-cluttering – and prizes! 

Personally, this past year has been my most productive year ever – and I attribute it to one major change. I spend at least 15 minutes first thing every morning in prayer and planning. That space in my day and habit in my life has dramatically increased my ability to accomplish my work and enjoy my life. 

Research shows that you are 77.6% more likely to accomplish a goal if you have an accountability partner. I’ve had numerous accountability partners through the years, and it sums up one of my favorite Productive Environment Institute principles: “Together We Are Better!” 

Tiling over a painted surface


I know the TCNA Handbook for Ceramic, Glass and Stone Tile Installation says that paint is not a recommended surface for tile installation but here is the situation.

I am doing a commercial job and did a wall of large subways. The owner was taken with the installation and has tripled the areas she now wants tiled. Of course she already paid for the drywall guys and the painter to finish these areas. What I should I recommend as best and acceptable course of action? Of course money is an issue.


Congratulations on having your scope of work triple in size.

Installing tile on gypsum board and painted gypsum board is always an intriguing question to consider. It is always best that the design and construction of the substructure and selection and installation of the substrate be done to meet the requirements necessary to support a tile installation.

As you already know, TCNA Handbook methods W242-18 (Organic Adhesive) and W243-18 (Cementitious Bond Coat) are for installing (direct bonding) ceramic or glass tile on a substrate of gypsum board fastened to wood or metal studs. In these methods, the Preparation by Other Trades section states: “Gypsum board… to be installed per GA-216.” and “Gypsum board face layer joints – treated with tape and joint compound, bedding coat only (no finish coats). Nail heads, one coat only.”

I break down (and paraphrase) those statements in this way:

  • Gypsum board is to be properly installed (by the gypsum board installation contractor) as described by the Gypsum Association’s GA-216 (which further references GA-214).
  • The face layer joints of the gypsum board are to be treated with (joint) tape applied to a bedding coat of joint compound.
  • Nail (fastener) heads are to receive one coat only of joint compound.
  • No additional finish coats of joint compound are to be applied (to the face layer joints or to the fastener heads).
  • These instructions say nothing about painting the gypsum board, which indicates it is not to be painted.

In other words:

  • The board is not being prepared for painting, papering or any other surface finish.
  • The board must be fastened and prepared to support a tile installation as the surface finish.
  • Additional considerations for a vertical tile installation on gypsum board include:
  • Weight of the installation
  • Deflection ratings
  • Flatness of the substrate

° For Organic Adhesive: Refer to ANSI A108.4. Substrate flatness tolerances are listed in ANSI A108.01 and ANSI A108.02 Additional flatness tolerances are listed in the TCNA Handbook Method W242-18 Preparation by Other Trades section.

° For Cementitious Bond Coat: Refer to ANSI A108.5. Substrate flatness tolerances must not exceed those required for vertical surfaces as defined ANSI A108.02 and as listed in the TCNA Handbook Method W243-18 Preparation by Other Trades section.

° See also TCNA Handbook Substrate Requirements on pages 30 – 33

  • Environmental Exposure

° Methods W242 and W243 are rated as Res1 (Residential Dry) and Com1 (Commercial Dry). See TCNA Handbook pages 44 – 47.

° See also TCNA Handbook Backer Board Selection Guide Direct Bond to Wood or Gypsum Wall Board – Caution on page 20.

  • Bonding the tile to the substrate

° For any installation, the correct setting material or adhesive must be selected to bond the tile to the substrate.

° In a gypsum board installation, the setting material or adhesive must bond to the paper face and joint compound.

° If the gypsum board has been painted, the paint is bonding to the paper and joint compound and the setting material must bond to the paint.

Finally, to get to your question, the NTCA Reference Manual contains a list of Questionable / Unsuitable Substrates (see page 30 in the 2018/2019 edition).

Paint is listed as a Questionable Substrate.

The NTCA Reference Manual advises: “Questionable substrates are substrate types that when properly designed and prepared can receive direct bond applications of ceramic tile and stone. Some questionable substrates conform to specific ceramic tile and stone industry installation methodology when applicable requirements are followed. In addition, the use of specific installation materials designed for unique applicant can result in a successful installation. Consult ceramic tile and stone installation manufacturers for their recommendations.”

What this means for your installation is, once it has been determined the gypsum board and its supporting structure have been properly designed, constructed and installed to support a tile installation, consult your setting-material manufacturer to determine which of their adhesives or mortars (and possibly primers) are recommended to bond the tile to the painted gypsum substrate. Obtain from them a job-specific written warranty covering the installation.

If you find the walls have not been properly designed, constructed and installed to support a tile installation, speak with the owner, general contractor and other trades to discuss what needs to be done to bring them into tolerance. Generally speaking, when you install the tile, you are accepting the substrate. If you need to re-fasten, prepare or render the substrate for flatness, make sure you have an approved change order to get paid for the work.

The NTCA Reference Manual goes on to say “Certain questionable substrate types can receive ceramic tile and soon installations when installed with a…. cleavage membrane/lath and plaster wall assembly.” This means another option would be to follow TCNA Handbook Methods W221 and W222 which can use the installed gypsum board as a solid base for a mortar bed installation.

Please watch this episode of Question Mark on NTCA’s TileTV that shows a commercial wall substrate that did not meet standards for a tile installation: or

I hope this helps.
Mark Heinlein,
NTCA Training Director

Does this look like a troweling error or product defect?


Have you guys ever seen this before? It seems to be where the mesh is holding the tile together. This is a 2” x 4” glass mosaic (approximately a 12” sheet). I know this is asking a lot without actually seeing the install and product in person. Note the “voids” around the periphery of each piece of tile. Does this look like a troweling error or product defect to you? Please let me know. I’d love to know your insight on this.



You are correct – this is difficult to fully and accurately assess without being on site and personally inspecting an uninstalled tile, inspecting the completed installation and interviewing the installer.

However, based on the photo you sent I would hazard a guess that the anomalies we are seeing are uncollapsed ridges made with an approximately 3/16” V-notch trowel. 

Mark Heinlein
NTCA Training Director

Dodge Momentum Index Increases in November

The Dodge Momentum Index moved 5.3% higher in November to 159.7 (2000=100) from the revised October reading of 151.7. The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. November’s gain was due to a 9.4% rebound for the commercial component of the Momentum Index. The recent setbacks in the overall Momentum Index were the result of declines in planning for commercial buildings, and while such planning did rebound in November, the level remains below what was reported in late spring and early summer. This is consistent with the view that the commercial building sector may now be nearing a peak. Meanwhile, the institutional component of the Momentum Index eased back 0.6% in November. Plans for institutional building projects have remained generally stable during 2018, reflecting the influence of public funding as it relates to such projects as schools and transportation terminals.

In November, 13 projects each with a value of $100 million or more entered planning. The two leading commercial projects were a $350 million hotel in Indianapolis IN and a $300 million office building in Chicago IL. The two leading institutional projects were a $320 million high school in Chino CA and a $240 million research laboratory in Long Island City NY.





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Round drain or linear drain


We have a customer that set the drain back against a wall in a shower. It’s in California and it’s an outside shower. Shouldn’t this be a linear drain, or is it okay to have a 2”-3” drain against a wall? The pitch seems to be okay. The actual issue is people were slipping. It’s an outdoor shower for a community pool with older tile. We’ll be suggesting a tile replacement and, if they want to keep the existing tile, an epoxy coating option to help mediate the slip-fall issue. Thank you. 


You are correct in reasoning that a linear drain would likely be most appropriate for a shower drain placement that is very close to a wall. With a linear drain, the floor of the shower can be uniformly sloped in one or more flat / properly sloped planes toward the sides and ends of the drain. Having said this, the waste pipe needs to be carefully located and sized to accommodate the linear drain being used.

With a round drain, it may be more difficult to obtain the correct slope (minimum 1/4” vertical per 12” horizontal) consistent slope to drain. A typical round clamping ring drain and many round bonding flange drains may not be able to be positioned close enough to the wall to allow for proper waterproofing connections and/or slope to the drain. There may, however, be some round drains especially designed to work properly in close proximity to a wall while still allowing for proper waterproofing connections and slope to the drain and/or weep holes. 

Mark Heinlein,
NTCA Technical Director


Cracked and/or chipping polished and honed field tile


I am in need of your expertise. I have a client that installed Porcelain Statuario polished and honed 30” x 30” and 15” x 30” field tile in both a lobby floor and a dance floor of a country club. It’s quite a large area, so there were about 912 of the 30” x 30” tiles and about 132 of the 15” x 30” tiles, in total. About 80 tiles are exhibiting cracks and/or chipping (see pictures below). Any thoughts or ideas will be gladly welcomed.


It appears the failures in this installation may be caused by less than the standard requirement for bond coat coverage (80% in a dry area), and/or the tiles may not have been tested to or meet the ANSI A137.1 requirement for breaking strength, or something else that is not possible to determine from these photographs.

As a trade association representing tile contractors, NTCA is able to provide pre-installation technical assistance based on recognized American tile industry standards, methods and best practices. We are not able to provide detailed analysis or consultations for post-installation failures.

Given that this installation is already in place and is failing and the apparent high-profile setting of the installation I suggest that an on-site analysis and failure determination be conducted by one of NTCA’s recognized consultants, all of which can be located at this link: These consultants can perform a third party analysis and determine the cause(s) of failure.

I hope this helps.
Mark Heinlein,
NTCA Technical Director

FinPan, Inc. hosts courses on AEC Daily

finpan logoFinPan, Inc. is proud to announce that it now has two courses on AEC Daily. The second course, “Current Trends in Design: Curbless Shower Systems” finished in the AEC Daily Top 20 courses completed for its first month, over the summer of 2018. It placed 5th overall with 159 hours completed by the specifying community. FinPan’s first course, “Water Management Solutions for Traditional and Curbless Shower Pan Installations” is also available online. 

Jeff Ketterer

Jeff Ketterer

“We are pleased to offer architectural and design professionals an objective overview of trends in our industry all while helping to promote the tile industry,” said Jeff Ketterer, Corporate Trainer for FinPan. “The course is an overview of how curbless shower pans are designed for durability and safety, and meet the needs of accessible designs. Discussions on traditional methods and new modern ones are addressed from a design and installation process along with their associated benefits and drawbacks. 

“In today’s digital age, it is critical to provide sufficient resources towards online educational and training portals as they create a far more convenient and timely platform for the specifying community to broaden their horizons and learn about new and innovative products and methods,” he added. “Lunch and learns are still a great educational tool, but the time limitations from both the supplier and specifier sides make them more difficult to set up than ever before.” 

For those companies looking to broaden their reach to architects, interior designers, contractors and other industry professionals, AEC Daily is a great outlet to consider. AEC Daily is a developer and host of online education courses for the construction industry. It is an e-learning provider and is one of the largest sources for free online construction education courses that offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for its participants. It provides the opportunity to manage and satisfy CE requirements in a secure, easy-to-use website that is available 24/7. Course completion is automatically reported to applicable industry associations such as American Institute of Architects (AIA), Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) and many more

Several companies in the tile industry already have courses available such as LATICRETE, Noble Company and Tile Redi. Check out AEC Daily online at to learn more. To learn more about the products offered by FinPan check out their website at

CERSAIE 2018: Tiling Town attracts more than 1K visitors

TEC logoAt CERSAIE 2018, the seventh edition of Tiling Town event attracted more than 1,000 visitors (+15%), taking advantage of the new CERSAIE layout that brought together exhibitors of installation equipment and materials in halls 31 and 31A. These logistics facilitated meetings between visitors and tile installers and master tile layers from Assoposa – the Italian association dedicated to ceramic tile installation. Tiling Town offered daily showcases of installation work with large-size panels and slabs. 

There were three separate initiatives devoted to slab installation:

  • Promotion of Assoposa training courses for slab layers. Slab installation is a completely new kind of work that requires specialist skills. With this in mind, Assoposa has organized a specific training course designed to transform tile layers into professionals capable of installing large slabs in compliance with standards in all operating conditions. The four training modules presented at CERSAIE were held at the Scuola Edile (building school) in Reggio Emilia this year on November 29 and 30 and December 1. 2019 dates are:
  • ° January 10, 11, 12, 31 
  • ° February 1, and 2 
  • ° March 14, 15 and 16.
  • Participation is free and reserved for Assoposa members with the professional tile layer or master tile layer credentials. 
  • Seminars for architects and designers that qualify for professional training credits in Italy, organized to encourage design projects using these innovative products and to promote the use of large slabs. All problems relating to the new products can be resolved by qualified specialist retailers and installers.
  • A proposal for managing logistics and transport of these new products by drawing up a series of non-obligatory “Good Practices” for the logistics and transport of slabs in coordination with manufacturers, transporters and retailers. 
A new layout at Cersaie facilitated meetings between visitors and tile installers and master tile layers from Assoposa.

A new layout at Cersaie in halls 31 and 31A facilitated meetings between visitors and tile installers and master tile layers from Assoposa – the Italian association dedicated to ceramic tile installation.

Tiling Town 2018 also hosted installations devoted to special cutting and the “continuous vein” effect. Replicating the successful “RIGHT/WRONG” initiative of previous years, these showcases clearly demonstrated how a carefully designed installation project based on the tile’s vein pattern produces far superior results to a random layout. The exceptional aesthetic results achieved in the floor tile waterjet cutting demonstration further underscored the importance of proper installation.

Software for online compilation of the Traceability Sheet in accordance with Italian standard UNI 11493 was also presented. This sheet must be issued to the client by the contractor or sub-contractor and must provide an orderly and technically correct description of the key aspects of the operations performed, the materials used and the professionals involved. The Traceability Sheet serves as a kind of identikit of a ceramic tile installation, a document that sets out the key characteristics of a floor installation and validates the work of Assoposa member tile layers.

Eight new professional certification courses have been scheduled for the qualifications of tile layer and master tile layer and will be held in the period from October 2018 to March 2019 in the Italian cities of Bergamo, Cuneo, Padua, Reggio Emilia, Avellino, Pisa, Brindisi and Frosinone.

Tiling Town offered daily showcases of installation work with large-size panels and slabs.

Tiling Town offered daily showcases of installation work with large-size panels and slabs.

EITA (European Innovative Tile Academy), an advanced training school for instructors, was presented with the aim of promoting training courses for slab layers organized in accordance with a shared European standard at various national levels.

“What five years ago seemed like a dream – the creation of a highly respected association of professional ceramic tile layers and dealers with hundreds of members and a continuous, high-quality program of activities – has now become reality,” commented Paolo Colombo, Chairman of Assoposa.

There were three separate initiatives devoted to slab installation

There were three separate initiatives devoted to slab installation.

Cersaie 2018 and the activities of Tiling Town also saw a surge in applications for Assoposa membership (30% more than at Cersaie 2017). Following an intense promotional campaign, visitors showed a keen interest in the initiatives organized by Assoposa, including the presentation of a highly popular illustrated tile installation manual entitled “Assoposa per noi” which was distributed free of charge at the show. 

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