Pendleton, SC – During the International
Surfaces Event (TISE) 2020 in Las Vegas, NV, the Ceramic Tile Education
Foundation (CTEF) which provides education and installer certification
for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry will
focus on Finished Tile Work education sessions and Certified Tile
Installer (CTI) Evaluator Training. CTEF will be sharing booth #4727
with the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA).
On Wednesday, January 29, Scott Carothers,
Director of Certification and Training at CTEF will conduct a seminar
entitled “Finished Tile Work – Do It Wrong or Do It Right: Lippage,
Grout Joints, and Patterns”. That afternoon, he will have a hands-on
demonstration on the show floor to reinforce the same topic.
In its booth space, CTEF will construct
three Certified Tile Installer (CTI) hands-on testing modules in
progressive stages of completion for display. The CTEF Certified Tile
Installer (CTI) program is the only third-party assessment of installer
skill and knowledge which is recognized by the tile industry.
More importantly, the organization will
offer shadowing opportunities to new CTI Industry Evaluators in order to
move them to the next level of expertise of test set-up, the evaluation
process and scoring. Industry Evaluators offer CTEF the means to expand
the CTI program to more locations around the country in response to
more tile installation contractors wanting to become CTIs.
The CTI designation identifies the
professional installer who has reached a level of proficiency to
independently and consistently produce a sound tile installation that
displays good workmanship. Certification is the validation of the skills
and knowledge of the men and women who presently are installing tile
successfully in the United States. It offers property owners, both
residential and commercial, peace-of-mind that their tile installer has
the right skills and knowledge to complete a successful tile
The CTI program includes two separate tests.
An online open-book exam taken at home or the office as the installer’s schedule allows.
A hands-on evaluation conducted at regional locations across the United States.
To qualify for the CTI Program, installers
must have at least two years of experience as the lead installer setting
ceramic tile on a full-time basis. This means having full
responsibility for substrate prep, layout, coordinating with other
trades along with properly installing underlayment, tile, grout and
The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation
(CTEF) which sponsors the CTI program is supported by all segments of
the ceramic tile industry. CTEF is headquartered in Pendleton, South
Carolina, near Clemson University and the offices of the Tile Council of
North America (TCNA).
Oberlin, OH, January 7, 2020—Three scholarship recipients will be recognized during the Natural Stone Institute Awards Ceremony at TISE on January 28. Cody Pfeiffer (Genesee Cut Stone & Marble) and Nadia Grogan (Fraserview Masonry) will be recognized as recipients of the 2019 Natural Stone Scholarship, and Jennifer Burlak (NorthWoods Granite) will be recognized as the recipient of the 2019 Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship.
Each year, the Natural Stone Scholarship provides a trip to TISE, where the recipient will gain valuable technical and practical knowledge regarding the natural stone industry and will meet and network with leading stone professionals.
The Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship provides a trip to one of three major industry events: TISE, Coverings, or a Natural Stone Institute study tour. The recipient is given the opportunity to shadow industry professionals within different sectors of the stone industry and explore her potential for leadership and her commitment to a career in the stone industry.
The Natural Stone Institute invites all TISE attendees to celebrate our scholarship recipients, as well as the 2019 Pinnacle and Industry Recognition Award winners, at the Awards Ceremony at TISE at 4:00pm on January 28. No registration is required. To learn more, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org.
In its fifth year, event will announce winners at TISE in Las Vegas
The winners of the fifth Worst Subfloor Contest were announced today at the HPS Schönox booth in Las Vegas as part of The International Surfaces Event. The trio of judges, including John McGrath, Greg Mercurio, and Robert Varden, said the process was challenging this year as so many projects were worth of the win.
“The competition was fierce this year,” said Mercurio. “We each saw the different ways the Schönox line of products can be used to manage the variety of issues an installer can
encounter on the job. The proof is really in the before-and after images.”
There were 132 entries in the 2018 contest, making it the largest in the history of the event.More than 340,000 square feet in projects are represented, and 93 installer companies and team participated.
“These numbers tell me this contest is a key feature in our industry,” said HPS Schönox Principal Thomas Trissl. “We had entries from all over the country and from a number of sectors, from healthcare to hospitality to historic homes. We look forward to this event every year.”
The winners in the fifth Worst Subfloor Contest are:
Honorable Mention: Nashville Flooring, Nashville, Tenn.
Distributor: William Bird
Team Members: Brandon Goodwin, Gabe Greer, and Bruce Busby
Schönox Representative: Tristan Schoeneweiss
Type of Project: Corporate
Third Place: Design South Flooring and Interiors, Saltillo, Miss.
Team Members: Clay Lansdell, Juan Sosa, Mateo Lavan
Schönox Representative: Shane Jenkins
Type of Project: Retail
Prize: Xbox One
Second Place: Kaufman Concrete Company, Louisville, Ky.
Distributor: CDC Distributors
Team members: Alex Kaufman, Clarence Tye, Tracy Wilson
Schönox Representative: Clay Criswell
Type of Project: Hospitality
Prize: Sony 65-inch Smart TV
First Place: H.J. Martin and Sons, Green Bay, Wisc.
Distributor: KRS Inc.
Team Members: Donovan Morris and Andy Jurczowski
Schönox Representative: Marty Hackenmueller
Type of Project: Hospitality
Prize: Porsche Track Experience
Already, plans are underway for the 2019 contest. The Worst Subfloor Contest is looking for the worst flooring challenges facing installers. Entries will be accepted beginning May 15, on the HPS Schönox website at hpsubfloors.com. Download the Schönox app for details, updates, and to see how we are ÖN IT.
ABOUT HPS SCHÖNOX
Schönox, HPS North America, a business unit of TMT America, is a customer-oriented,
entrepreneurial, high-tech company that specializes in building materials suited for new
buildings as well as for renovation. Innovative materials include primers and moisture mitigation
systems, subfloor repair products, floor leveling compounds, adhesives, and waterproofing
materials for installing all types of floor coverings.
LATICRETE Introduces Tile Contractors to New Product Solutions at SURFACES
Products from three of the company’s core business channels will be showcased, including alternative solutions to traditional tile and stone needs that address growing industry trends
Located at Booth 5447, LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, will give SURFACES attendees an exclusive sneak peek at the company’s soon-to-be-released 125 TRI MAX™ three-in-one adhesive and VAPOR BAN™ Primer ER, as well as showcase recently launched products from three of the company’s core business channels — Tile and Stone Installation Systems, SPARTACOTE™ Resinous Flooring Systems and Surface Preparation/Concrete Remediation. Additionally, one lucky winner will be selected as the grand prize recipient of a new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 to conclude the six-month prize promotion to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the SPECTRALOCKⓇ Grout product line.
“SURFACES is a prime opportunity to showcase traditional tile and stone installation and care products, as well as introduce thousands of construction professionals to new product solutions that can be taken back to the jobsite to address growing trends, like tile contractors utilizing resinous flooring as an alternative floor covering,” said Sean Boyle, LATICRETE Vice President, Marketing North America.
PRODUCTS TO BE SHOWCASED AT BOOTH 5447:
VAPOR BAN Primer ER
VAPOR BAN Primer ER is an ASTM F-3010 compliant, epoxy-based all-in-one moisture vapor barrier and primer that saves installers time and speeds up labor on the jobsite, thanks to the products’ dual purpose. With a quick turnaround time, in as little as three hours VAPOR BAN Primer ER is ready for self-leveling underlayment placement. VAPOR BAN Primer ER is expected to launch at the beginning of spring.
125 TRI MAX
125 TRI MAX is a new three-in-one adhesive, sound control and crack isolation product that eliminates the need for sound and anti-fracture mats. Because of the three-in-one versatility and lightweight nature of this product, 125 TRI MAX saves construction professionals money on storage, freight and logistics. In addition to the high-performance and anti-fracture benefits this product offers, 125 TRI MAX contains 36 percent post-consumer recycled materials to contribute to LEED points and is GREENGUARD certified for sustainable building. 125 TRI MAX is expected to launch near the end of winter.
recently launched MULTIMAX Lite, the ultimate one-step, non-sag, Large and Heavy Tile mortar for interior and exterior installations of ceramic tile, porcelain tile, glass tile and stone. Offering superior bond strength and adhesion, MULTIMAX Lite exceeds ANSI 118.15, the industry’s highest performance standard for a cementitious-based adhesive mortar, and thanks to its light weight, can be more easily transported and troweled. MULTIMAX Lite contains no silica sand benefiting workers on the jobsite with reduced exposure to respirable silica.
STRATA_HEAT™ Thermal Pack
STRATA_HEAT Thermal Pack is a patent-pending thin-set additive which has been designed exclusively for use with select LATICRETEⓇ adhesives. Utilizing Thermal Diffusion Technology, heat generated from the STRATA_HEAT Wire is uniformly distributed throughout the adhesive to eliminate cold spots and quickly achieve the desired floor temperature. With the addition of STRATA_HEAT Thermal Pack, homeowners are able to lower kilowatt usage and reduce energy costs by 15 percent.
HYDRO BANⓇ Quick Cure
HYDRO BAN Quick Cure is a liquid-applied, ready-to-use waterproofing membrane that creates a continuous waterproofing barrier with outstanding adhesion. Thanks to its unique curing properties, HYDRO BAN Quick Cure allows for flood testing within 30 minutes. Additionally, HYDRO BAN Quick Cure features advanced WetCure Technology, which allows it to cure even in cold or damp environments.
Quick Cure Mortar Bed
Quick Cure Mortar Bed is a rapid-setting, pre-mixed, polymer-fortified thick bed mortar. Quick Cure Mortar Bed is versatile for use in both interior and exterior applications, wet or dry applications, bonded and non-bonded thick bed mortar applications, shower systems and concrete repairs. When combined with HYDRO BAN Quick Cure, Quick Cure Mortar Bed provides the fastest mortar bed shower system install in the industry.
READY-TO-USE Grout is an advanced professional-grade, ready-to-use premixed grout that delivers superior color consistency combined with excellent stain resistance. READY-TO-USE Grout is ideal for interior re-grouting applications involving ceramic tile, glass tile and stone. In addition to its non-sag formula, READY-TO-USE Grout inhibits the growth of stain-causing mold and mildew in grout joints and does not require sealing.
HYDRO BAN Cementitious Waterproofing Membrane
HYDRO BAN Cementitious Waterproofing Membrane is a single-component, polymer-fortified cement-based waterproofing material that mixes with water. This product can be used to waterproof walls and floors in bathrooms, kitchens, swimming pools, water features and fountains, balconies and terraces over unoccupied space. It can also be used to waterproof all common building substrates that require protection from water exposure.
PRIME-N-BOND is a versatile primer designed to enhance the performance and mechanical bond of mortars to a variety of smooth or low-absorptive substrates to which adhesion may be difficult. PRIME-N-BOND is low VOC and does not emit a strong odor, making it ideal for use in interior or occupied areas. Additionally, PRIME-N-BOND allows for faster preparation because it does not require mixing, which can save contractors time and money on the jobsite.
257 TITANIUM is a lightweight high-performance thinset mortar designed to function as the optimal choice for installing Gauged Porcelain Tile (GPT) and Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels/Slabs (GPTP) in commercial, residential and industrial applications. 257 TITANIUM exceeds ANSI A118.15, the industry’s highest performance standard for a cementitious-based adhesive mortar, providing worry-free interior, exterior or submerged installations.
HYDRO BAN Board
HYDRO BAN Board is a lightweight, easy to install, ready to tile wall board designed for bonded tile or stone installations. It is made with a waterproof high-density extruded polystyrene core and a waterproof membrane on both sides to give triple protection from water and vapor intrusion.
Select is an advanced high performance cement grout that offers the industry’s first dispersible dry pigment solution. Designed for optimum performance on all types of residential and commercial installations, PERMACOLOR Select is able to withstand the most demanding exterior or interior applications with ease. With the addition of Select AnyColor™, customers can choose from 80 stocked colors and have the ability to custom match nearly any color in the Benjamin MooreⓇ and Sherwin-WilliamsⓇ palettes.
self-leveling, skim coat and vapor reduction products ensure substrates are ready to accept finishes like stone, tile or porcelain, as well as protect from moisture vapor. Products in this line are easy to work with and do not require installers to have extensive training.
The SPARTACOTE line of resinous flooring and decorative coating systems was recently expanded to offer customers the most comprehensive line of leading-edge products in the industry to produce a customizable, seamless floor.
LATICRETE SUPERCAPⓇ System
The LATICRETE SUPERCAP System combines industry leading, patented pump truck technology and innovative products to deliver perfectly flat floors. For more than a decade, the system has delivered spectacular time-saving, cost-effective solutions that correct uneven concrete, reduce moisture vapor emissions and shorten build times.
The STONETECH line of surface care products offers products with superior protection to preserve the natural look of tile and stone surfaces. Included in the line is the recently launched Epoxy Grout Haze & Coating Stripper. The fast-acting, non-runny gel solution is able to dissolve epoxy grout haze and coatings such as varnish, lacquer, sealer, wax, paint, polyurethane and acrylic in 10 minutes or less, even if the residue has been present for more than a week.
DEMONSTRATION SCHEDULE AT BOOTH 5447:
January 22nd – 24th
10:45 a.m. SPECTRALOCK Pro Premium Translucent Grout
11:45 a.m. MULTIMAX Lite
1:00 p.m. STRATA_HEAT
2:00 p.m. HYDRO BAN Cementitious Waterproofing Membrane
New PermaBase CI Insulated Cement Board ™ Saves Time and Labor Vs. Installing Separate Insulation and Cement Board Solutions
New PermaBase CI Insulated Cement Board™, a composite cement board that combines the strength and benefits of PermaBase with rigid insulation to create an ideal substrate for exterior finishes, is being introduced today at The International Surface Event (TISE) at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
A National Gypsum brand, PermaBase CI meets or exceeds energy code requirements in all seven climate zones across the country with an R-Value of R-10. For use in residential, multi-family and low-rise commercial applications, PermaBase CI is lighter weight than using separate cement board and insulation products.
“Using PermaBase CI Insulated Cement Board™ as a substrate for exterior finishes can reduce total installed costs by 20 to 25 percent,” said Tony Fuller, product manager for PermaBase at National Gypsum. “Given the construction industry’s evolving energy code requirements, this is good news for builders, general contractors, specifiers, design-build professionals and architects.”
There are many benefits to using PermaBase CI Insulated Cement Board™ as a substrate for exterior finishes:
Expedites construction schedules by saving time and labor over installing separate insulation and cement board solutions
Performance | Convenience | Lighter Weight
Made with PermaBase Cement Board and high-density polyiso insulation, PermaBase CI provides durability and highly efficient insulation in one lighter-weight, convenient package
Laminated with an R-10 Insulation
With an insulative value of R-10, PermaBase CI meets or exceeds energy code requirements across the country
NFPA 285 Approvals for Adhered Veneer Finishes
Approved for adhered veneer finishes such as manufactured and natural stone, thin brick and tile, as well as direct applied coatings of synthetic stucco
GREENGUARD GOLD certified
For low chemical emissions
Per UL 2824 as validated by UL Environment
PermaBase CI Insulated Cement Board™ will be showcased at TISE Jan. 22 – 25, along with other PermaBase products, at National Gypsum’s Booth #5317. TISE is comprised of three world-class trade shows: SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomac and TileExpo.
For technical questions on PermaBase CI Insulated Cement Board™, call 1-800-NATIONAL (628-4662) from 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. EST, Monday – Friday, or email [email protected]. Learn more at permabase.com/permabaseCI.
About National Gypsum & PermaBase Cement Board National Gypsum Company is one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of building products used worldwide. Its PermaBase Cement Board is distributed throughout North America and offers the industry’s largest variety of cement boards covering the most demanding interior and exterior applications. PermaBase’s reinforced edge is an exclusive feature that distinguishes it from competitors. This exceptional edge allows fasteners to be installed closer to the edge without fracturing other cement boards. It also makes PermaBase more comfortable to handle and reduces damage from handling.
Metallic Series – Noir 12″x24″, Noir Mosaic 2″x2″, Blanc 12″x24″
Avalone Series – Grey 32″x32″ Natural
Patrimony Series – Rosace Noir/Blanc 8″x8″ Natural
MODOMO Tiles Announces the Opening of the North Carolina State-side Warehouse
US/Italian tile manufacturer announces the opening of their state-side warehouse with over 250 SKU’s available, ranging from 2×2 mosaics to 24×48 Color Body & Rectified Porcelain Tiles. Managing Partner, Scott Alpert, says: “It has been a big undertaking to customize and manufacture Italian Porcelain Tiles to the American taste & lifestyle–we are now ready!” The company believes in partnering with customers vertically and looks to become the industrial partner that clients need by increasing value via:
Helping customers create specifications via Brand Ambassadors & Trainers.
Providing a complete range of merchandising fitting customer needs.
Providing complete range of sizes appropriate for ALL US Markets.
Providing natural, polished, and exterior finishes in same series.
The industry has asked and The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo has answered, as the return of the National Installer of the Year Installation Competition (The Nationals), Wednesday through Friday, January 23-25 in Las Vegas, is announced at TISE 2019. Installers across all aspects of the floor covering, stone, and tile industry are encouraged to submit their installation projects into The Nationals now!
“At CFI, we are deeply connected to the pulse of the installer community. Since 2003 when the installation competition went away, we have received inquiries every year about the desire for this incredible contest to return. It is an amazing opportunity for installers to highlight their knowledge, their training, and the amazing projects they work on all year behind the scenes,” says Robert Varden, Executive Director, International Certified Flooring Installers Association “CFI”. “I am thrilled that TISE has partnered with CFI to make this program return, and we are looking forward to reviewing all the submissions.”
A panel of judges will be reviewing project submissions from around the country and selecting the top 3 finalists in each installation category to compete LIVE in The Nationals competition at TISE. There are three installation categories including carpet, stone/tile, and wood. Submissions close October 15. Finalists will be selected by November 15. >> installers, submit your entry now
“With the focus on the importance of installation in the industry, we knew this was the perfect timing to bring back the competition. We are honored to highlight the hard working community of installers at The International Surface Event,” says Amie Gilmore, CEM, Director of TISE, “and can’t wait for the exciting LIVE challenge on the show floor. It is our goal that this promotion both showcase the incredible work happening in the industry now while also bringing national exposure to the need for more trained professionals in this career segment.”
The industry is invited to watch the nine selected finalists LIVE right on the show floor as they show off their talent and skills in a set of product installation challenges, each in their own pre-constructed pod. The winner of the LIVE installation contest in Las Vegas will be crowned The National Installer of the Year, receive a prize package, and own incredible bragging rights in the industry and to their customers.
Industry manufacturers interested in sponsoring the National Installer of the Year Installation Competition should complete the TISE marketing activation request form to be contacted by the TISE team. Thank you to our current sponsors, the International Certified Flooring Installers Association “CFI” and ProInstaller Magazine.