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NationalTileContractorsAssociationwww.tileletter.comNovember2014ontHecoVercusmBuidigPdusSanDiegoofceparkgoesforLEEDGoldwithCUSTOMEmeraldSystemquidlbCodyFlooringTileInc.HdmdtiArtistryglassandlightweightbackersupportgracefulmosaicsculpturesatUniversityofToledotcnaHdbkHighighsMethodF126Bondedsound-reductionmembranes MAPEIleadstheway...tosuccessfulthin-tileinstallationsAlmost4500squarefeetofthin-tilepanelswereinstalledontheexteriorfacadeoftheUniversityofNewEnglandsnewOralHealthCenterinPortlandMaineusingMAPEIsKerabondKeralasticmortarsystem.KerabondKeralasticmeetsallofthespecicationsfortheANSIA118.15standardforpremiummortarswhichareanecessitywhendoingthiskindofwork.UniversityofNewEnglandsOralHealthCenterPortlandMaineScanheretolearnmoreaboutthisproject.Fordetailsaboutthin-bodytileinstallationscontactyourlocalMAPEIsalesrepresentative. ThegroutingwasdonewithUltracolorPluspremiumgroutwhichsignicantlyreducedthepossibilityofeforescenceonthenishedfacade. newsyouneedtoknowDedicatedtoeducationandindustryserviceFeatureStory34Inthisissue...44QualiedLaborCodyFlooringTileInc.GoldenColoradoByTerrynRutford66HandmadeTileArtistryglassandlightweightbackersupportgracefulmosaicsculpturesatUniversityofToledoByLesleyGoddin80TCNAHandbookHighlightsMethodF126Bondedsound-reductionmembranesfeaturestoryCustomBuildingProductsSanDiegoofceparkgoesforLEEDGoldwithCUSTOMEmeraldSystemtileletter.comONLINENOW66485444November20142TileLetterNovember2014 SkillBelongsHereYouBelongHereRegisterforfreecoverings.comUseVIPcodeATL5OrlandoApril14-172015Youhaveapassionfortileandstone.Youprideyourselfonkeepingupwithbestpracticesandthelatesttoolswhileincorporatingtodaysmoderntechnologyintheeld.Yousolvechallengescollaborateandinnovate.With1000exhibitorsfrom40countriesliveinstallationdemonstrationsandfreeaccreditededucationseminarsCoveringsisthelargestgatheringofpassionateandknowledgeabletileandstoneexpertsinNorthAmerica.Youbelonghere.YoubelongatCoverings. THEOFFICIALPUBLICATIONOFTHENATIONALTILECONTRACTORSASSOCIATIONBARTA.BETTIGApublisherbarttile-assn.comLESLEYA.GODDINeditorlesleytile-assn.comMICHELLECHAPMANartdirectoradvertisingsalesmichelletile-assn.comMARYSHAW-OLSONadvertisingsalesmarytile-assn.comMailingAddressP.O.Box13629JacksonMS39236U.S.A.ShippingAddress626LakelandEastDriveJacksonMS39232Tel601-939-2071Fax601-932-6117Websitewww.tileletter.comwww.tile-assn.comDepartments6Welcomenewmembers8NTCATileStoneWorkshops10Editorsletter14Presidentsletter18AsktheExpertsSponsoredbyLATICRETEInternationalInc.24BusinessTipPayorPlayThemomentofdecisionisdrawingnearByPatrickC.OConnorKentOConnorWashingtonD.C.SponsoredbyMAPEICorporation48TechTalkAquickthoughtonlaborandlarge-formattileByLewisHunterestimatorSponsoredbyTECH.B.FullerConstructionProducts54StoneStackingthedeckmanufacturednaturalstoneveneersprosandconsByLesleyGoddinSponsoredbyMAPEICorporation76FiveStarContractorSpotlightFillingMarbleandTileInc.SponsoredbyCustomBuildingProducts84NTCABenetsBox88IndustryNews96NewProducts104AdvertisersIndexTheNationalTileContractorsAssociationInc.isanequalopportunityassociationandseekstoincludequaliedindividualsandbusinessesinallphasesofitsactivities.TheNationalTileContractorsAssociationInc.doesnotdiscrimi-nateonthebasisofracecolorreligionagesexsexualorientationnationaloriginveteranstatusordisability.TheNationalTileContractorsAssociationInc.seeksopportunitiestoincludethesegroupsinitsprogramsandactivities.TileLetterisafreesubscriptiontothetilestoneandalliedproductsindustries.Tosubscribevisitwww.tileletter.com-clickonAdvertisersSubscribers-clickonSubscribe.Tomakeaddresschangesorunsubscribepleasesendanemailtowebmastertile-assn.com.TILELETTEREDITORIALPOLICYTileLetteristheofcialpublicationoftheNationalTileContractorsAssociationInc.NTCA.TileLetterprovidesamediumforexpressingviewsandopinionswithoutapprovingdisapprovingorguaranteeingthevalidityoraccuracyofanydataclaimoropinionappearingunderabylineorobtainedorquotedfromanacknowledgedsource.StatementsoffactandopinionaremadeontheresponsibilityoftheauthorsaloneanddonotimplyanopinionorreecttheofcialpositionofNTCA.NTCAwouldnotbepossiblewith-outthededicatedserviceofourboardandcommitteemembersandregionalandstatedirectors.Meetthesededicatedvolunteersbyvisit-ingwww.tile-assn.comandclickingonAboutUs.Youcanalsondinfor-mationandacontinuallyupdatedlistofFiveStarContractorsatwww.tile-assn.comclickonFindaTileContractororConsultant.4TileLetterNovember2014 CERAMICPORCELAINGLASSMETALNATURALSTONEQUARTZ2014Dal-TileCorporationCLASSICDESIGNMEETSMODERNINSPIRATIONCottoContempofromDaltileinfusestheclassiclookofcottowithmodernelementsofcrackedcement.Thisversatiletileavailableinlargeformatsizesisrichwithcolordepthandvariance.Itssizesandcolormakeitidealforwallsoorsandpatiosperfectforextendingindoorspacestotheoutdoors.FormoreinformationonCottoContempoorotherDaltileproductsvisitdaltile.comCottoContempo.PhotofeaturesCottoContempoinWallStreetin12x24.ADivisionofMohawkIndustries ThesemembersrecentlyjoinedNTCAPleasetaketheopportunitytowelcomethoseinyourregiontotheNTCAfamilyWELCOMENEWMEMBERSCONTRACTORMEMBERSAceFloorJoshBunch469-733-4382NorthRichlandHillsTXjoshlevelingspacers.comAlwaysTileStoneLLCCassandraWashington602-384-4885MaplewoodMNalwaystileandstonellcgmail.comAvalonHomeSolutionsDeborahNevin214-287-1052AllenTXavalonhomesolutionsyahoo.comBestTileTwoLLCGeorgeA.WalravenJr.614-260-5869ColumbusOHbesttilegwyahoo.comBDTileStoneLLCBoydDerovin808-230-6738AuburnWAtilein808gmail.comCBFlooringChuckBode410-381-5400ColumbiaMDchuckbodecbooring.comDaVinciMarbleandGraniteAlexRomo970-300-8102GypsumCOdavincimarbleandgranitehotmail.comHowardsRugCompanyofSanDiegoRobertJ.Hailey858-558-3939SanDiegoCArhaileyhowardsrug.comLifeTimeFlooringCreationsAlvinoHuizar214-207-7775DallasTXalvinohuizaryahoo.comMattBrownContractorMattBrown765-639-2168AndersonINmattbrowncustomoors.comModernTileCompanyClintBunch972-230-0770DallasTXclintmoderntile.comRodgersFloorCoveringMikeVerhey859-873-3311VersaillesKYmike.verheyyahoo.comRosaMosaicTileCompanyAnnaTatman502-368-5893LouisvilleKYatatmanrosamosaic.comRuggieriBros.Inc.DaveRuggieri401-463-9100CranstonRIdaveruggieribros.comSav-On-CarpetRoseE.Gonzalez760-347-3434IndioCAsavoncarpetsofndioverizon.netTexasTileContractorsChaseJohnson817-851-2653KennedaleTXcjohnsontexastilecontr.comWaltsWoodworkingWaltToler972-896-4019RichardsonTXwalter.tolerhp.comZielkeHomesImprovementLLCJimJamesZielke269-465-9484BridgmanMIjimzielkehomes.comDISTRIBUTORMEMBERAnnSacksTileStoneTedChappell503-281-7751PortlandORko85156annsacks.comMANUFACTURERMEMBERBlankeCorporationDanHolcomb770-936-9211AtlantaGA30340dholcombblankecorp.comForinformationaboutjoiningNTCAvisitthewebsiteatwww.tile-assn.comcontactJimOlsonat601-939-2071oremailhimatjimtile-assn.com.6TileLetterNovember2014 NTCATileStoneWorkshopspresentedbyGeraldSloanMichaelWhistlerCoronaBellotaDaltileCoveringsMLTCrestTECMerkreteCustomBuildingProductsJamesHardieMAPEITuscanLevelingSystemLATICRETENationalGypsumSchluterUSGSouthernGroutsMortarsNorthAmericanAdhesivesProexRubiToolsCompotiteNobleCo.VanHearronPearlAbrasivesEuropeanTileMastersBottiniEnterprisesArdexBostikMiracleDeWaltDupontUniversityofCeramicTileStonePliteqWediIronrockMetropolitanGPCBOEAlphaToolsQEPSunTouchCoverguardRTCProductsSouthernCrossHusqvarnaOceanside.GeraldSloanbroughttheNTCATileStoneWorkshoptoDaltileinDestinFla.inOctober.AtDaltileOklahomaCityonJuly16cus-tomersDonNusbaumIHNServicesl.andTreyHerriottHerriottTileattendtheeventpresentedbyMichaelWhistler.In2014NTCApresentersGeraldSloanandMichaelWhistlerroamedthecountrybringingNTCATileStoneWorkshopstocontractorsdis-tributorssalespeopleandmembersoftheADcommunity.TheprogramisonhiatusuntilearlynextyearastheWorkshopteamupdatesandrenestheprogramfor2015.Inthemeantimethisisashoutouttoalloursponsorsandaphotographicreviewofsomeoftheworkshopsthattookplacethisyear.NTCAalsoextendsahugethankyoutoDaltilewhichhosted70ofour72workshopsaroundthecoun-try.MicroMillinginTrinidadTobagoandGlenDistributinginGrandJunctionColo.alsohostedworkshopsthisyear.In2015NTCAwilloffer91totalworkshopshostedbyDaltileandindependentdistributors.2014NTCATileStoneWorkshopsTHANKYOUNTCATileStoneWorkshopsponsors8TileLetterNovember2014 CrowdsgatherattheDaltileOklahomaCityworkshop.ContractorsgatherandconferduringlunchbeforetheColumbusOHworkshop.TheDaltilestaffatColumbusOhioatGeraldSloansSeptember25workshop.GatheredattheKansasCityworkshoponJuly15arel.tor.ToddSmithMastifHomeworksMartyBarberofNorthcraftFlooringandNTCAFiveStarContractorKevinFoxofFoxCeramicTile.MichaelWhistlerpresentedthisevent.ContractorsvisitsponsortabletopsduringtheworkshopatDaltilesKansasCityworkshop.TileLetterNovember20149 November.Already.HowdidthathappenIamjustputtingthefnishingtouchesonNovemberTileLettercontentthenIllbejoiningmanyofyouinSanAntonioforTotalSolutionsPlus.WereonthevergeofHalloweenandthenthehustleandbustleoftheholidayseason.OnethingthatcomestomindasIperusethisissuescontentistheamazingdiversityinourindustry.Therearesomanydifferentwaystoutilizetheproductsandmethodswehaveatourdisposalandsomanywayswecansup-porteachotherasweparticipateinthisindus-try.Forinstanceamongotherstoriesthismonthwerelookingatahand-mademosaicthatusesbackerboardasitscan-vastheprosandconsofinstallingstackednat-uralstoneandmanu-facturedstoneveneerhowtheAffordableCareActimpactscompaniesandindividualsinourindustryandtakingawalkdownmemorylaneforourNTCATileStoneWorkshopsoverthispastyear.SpeakingofourNTCAworkshopsoneoftheaimsofoureducationaloutreachistoencouragenewcon-tractorstojoinandgrowourasso-ciationswisdomandstrengthwiththeirexpertiseandgivethemthetoolstoconsistentlyachieveexcel-lenceintheirday-to-daybusiness.ImpleasedtosaythatjustbeforepresstimeNTCAachievedalong-heldgoalwelcomingits1000thEDITORSLETTERLesleyA.GoddinTakecareofthosewhotakecareofyou.TonyNiccoliCelebratingNTCAs1000thmemberattheNTCATileStoneWorkshopatDaltileCorpusChristiTexasisl.tor.IsraelAlanizDaltilesalesservicecentermanagerSalvadorandBeckyRodriguezofSalsTileInc.alsoofCorpusChristiandMichaelWhistlerNTCApresenter.10TileLetterNovember2014 MK-212ProfessionalTileandStoneSawsMADEINUSATheMK-212seriesofferstheMK-212-4witha10bladecapacitylengthofcut30diagonalcut24anddepthofcut2.TheMK-212-6hasa12bladecapacitylengthofcut72diagonalcut42anddepthofcut3.Bothbladeguardsaccommodatea10profilewheel.TheMK-212isportableandlightweightandbuiltwithprecisionandaccuracy.Phone1.800.421.5830mkdiamond.com1BrandMadeinAmericaRoller-bearingcarriagerunsonastainlesssteelrailPlungecutcapabilityforscoringorcuttinglargetile2HP120VDirectDriveMotorisfullyenclosedTiltingHeadallowseasyandprecise22and45mitercutsOptionalSideTableprovidessupportforlargertilesandstoneOptionalwheelsmakestransportationeasy EDITORSLETTERmembertotheassociationSalvatorandBeckyRodriguezofSalsTileinCorpusChristisignedupattheCorpusChristiworkshophostedbyDaltileonOctober222014MoreinfowillbeforthcomingbutfornowwewanttocongratulateandwelcomethemandweencourageyoutodothesameOnthiscelebratorynoteIdliketoturnyourattentiontotheholi-dayofthemonthThanksgivingfastbecomingmyfavoriteholiday.Thisisindeedatimetocountyourblessingsandletyouremployeesemployerscolleaguesandcustom-ersknowthatyouarethankfulforthemtoo.OnemajorindustryplayersendsoutThanksgivingcardseachyearanditalwaysgivesmepauseandtriggersmyOWNgrati-tudetoreceiveanoteofthanks.HowmightasimilargesturetothoseyouworkwithoreventotreasuredcustomersbereceivedWereallpeoplefrstandallenjoyknowingweareappreciated.Takethisopportunitytonotonlyfeastwithfamilyandfriendsandwatchyourfootballfavoriteteamssparforthewinbuttoletthosewhosup-portyourbusinessandyoursuccessknowyourecognizewithgrati-tudetheireffortandcontributions.HappyThanksgivingandGodblessLesleylesleytile-assn.comQualityProductsSince1927TileSettingToolsfortheProfessionalBenoJ.GundlachCompany211North21stStreetP.O.Box544BellevilleIL62222U.S.A.TEL618233-1781FAX618233-3636www.benojgundlachco.comNo.825HeavyDutyUndercutSawKitAskyourGundlachToolDistributorforourlatestProductCatalog.UndercutsdoorswithoutremovingthemCutsushupto1offtheoorVacuumttingfordustcontrolPowerful8.15AmotorNo.805MasonryandNo.821CarbideTippedSteelbladesareincludedNo.822SegmentedDiamondRimbladeisavailablesoldseparatelyU.S.PatentNo.5974674DoorUndercuttingInsideCornerUndercuttingToeSpaceAreaUndercutting12TileLetterNovember2014 Seal.Enhance.Clean.Solve.ScancodetoseemoreSealersEnhancersCleanersandProblemSolversVanHearron.comYepItsall.GREENMadeinUSAInHanceInHanceColorEnhancerandSealerONCEDONEANDInHanceInHanceONCEDONEANDBEFOREAFTERGraniteMarbleGroutGraniteMarbleGroutTravertineStainRepellencyLowVOCLowOdoranHearronTheGreatestCareandMaintenanceProductsonEarthLowV.O.C.HomeSafeVerifiedalwaysenvironmentallyfriendly16fl.oz.MadeinU.S.A.AProductofVanHearronInc.MixDirectlyIntoGroutandGoNoAdditionalWaterRequiredMixDirectlyIntoGroutandGoNoAdditionalWaterRequiredFullyIntegratedSealNoNeedforTopicalApplicationNoChangeInAppearanceNoChangeInAdhesionPropertiesReductionInWaterAbsorptionTheGreatestCareandMaintenanceProductsonEarthLowV.O.C.HomeSafeVerifiedalwaysenvironmentallyfriendly70fl.oz.MadeinU.S.A.AProductofVanHearronInc.ContainsNoLatexAcrylicorSiliconeMixItGroutItDoneWaterBasedNoHeavyChemicalsLowVOCLowOdorCostEffectiveandAmazinglyVersatileKillsMoldandMildewIndoorsOutdoorsProfessionalGradeCleanerEasyApplicationKillsMoldandMildewIndoorsOutdoorsProfessionalGradeCleanerEasyApplicationanHearronTheGreatestCareandMaintenanceProductsonEarthLowV.O.C.HomeSafeVerifiedalwaysenvironmentallyfriendly16fl.oz.MadeinU.S.A.AProductofVanHearronInc.MUTI-USECLEANERVanHearronTheGreatestGroutTileandStoneSealersonEarthLowV.O.C.HomeSafeVerifiedalwaysenvironmentallyfriendly16fl.oz.MadeinU.S.A.AProductofVanHearronInc.DeepPenetratingNoChangetoAppearanceSuperiorProtectionPorousStoneCastStoneConcreteSandstoneLimestoneandBrickKeepingSurfacesCleanandEasytoMaintain5000ProtectsAgainstMustardKetchupGreaseMilkWineBeerSoftDrinksLowVOC50005000STAINGUARDSTAINGUARDBEFOREAFTERMostporousarchitecturalsubstrates.EnhancerandSealerforunsealednaturalstone.SingleAppicationGroutandSealVersatileMulti-UseCleanerWhereHarsherCleanersFail.NoChangeInSurfaceAppearanceRepelsStainsOilFoodProductsandGraffitiOurenhanceristhetalkofthetrade.Groutaddmixwithoutthemess.Powerfulversatilecleaner.Permanentimpregnator.AlwayssomethingNewfromVanHearronVanHearronTheGreatestCareandMaintenanceProductsonEarthVanHearron HereinMichiganthefallweatherischangingandwinterisclosingin.WeNorthernersusethistimetoprepareforthesub-zeroweatherthatweknowisaroundthecornerbymovingthepatiofurniturewin-terizingtheboatsandstockinguponsalt.Iseethechangeinweatherassimilartobusinessoperations.Andinbothinstancesyoudontknowtowhatextentthewinterwillimpactyouorhowlongitwilllast.2008hituswithanancialstormthatsomecouldnotwithstandandtheonesthatdidwereleftwithaweakenedbusinessstrugglingtoprepareforfuturegrowth.Wearecurrentlyintheheatofbattleagainbutthestormhaschangedusconsiderably.Documentationandletterwritinghavebeenthemainchange.Priorto2008manyprojectswereinstalledintheheatofbattlewitheveryoneworkingtogethertosolvejobsiteissues.Themaingoalwastogettheprojectturnedoverontimeandonbudget.Thedocumentationneces-sarytoprotectuswasoverlooked.WhileIbelievetheproblemsolvingwasfastandefcienttheoutcomeovertimeleftuswithunfundedliabilities.Ihavebeeninthemiddleofsev-eraloftheseunfundedliabilitiesforayearormorenowandndthelegalprocessdishearteningtosaytheleast.ThebiggestlessonIamlearningisthatitdoesntmatterwhoisatfaultwhatthebestxisorevenifthejobwedidwasthebestoptionavailable.Whenwegetpulledintoajobclaimdocumentationistheonlyinformationthatmatters.Documentationisnotfreelet-tersandemailscomeatahighcost.Thecoststartswiththetimespentontheletterandthenthejobsitevisitdragseveryoneintolookattheissue.Itcontinueswhensomeoneinvolvedoffersupaxthatgoesoutsidethemanufacturersrecom-mendation.ThewholeteamlookstotheconstructionmanagerCManddesignprofessionalforthesolu-tion.WhattheymaynotrealizeistheCManddesignprofessionalsareheldharmlessinthecontractsignedonbidday.SowhatisthexTheweatherischanging.Myrstsuggestionistoreviewcontractsextremelywellandtrytochangethelanguagetofavorthesubcontractor.Ifyoudontunderstandlegalwordingorwhatyouaresigningaskforhelpfromyourlocalbondingagent.PRESIDENTSLETTERDanielJ.Welch14TileLetterNovember2014 MAKETHERITECHOICEwww.texrite.comFORYOURINSTALLATIONATALLLEVELS.PRODUCTSTHATAPPLYEASIERBONDBETTERANDLASTLONGER. Secondsendoutrequest-for-informationquestionsearlyandoften.Thisallowstheteamthetimetogettheproblemsolvedbytheproperindividualandnotthetilecontractor.Thirdsmartphonesallowyourteamtosendphotosemailsandtextinrealtime.Ittakesjustafewsecondstoshootoffaphotoinanemailtosaveyoualongdrawn-outprocess.Whendoyoufeeltheaddeddocu-mentationoutweighsthebenetofliabilitytransferWejusthadthisdis-cussionandIcantgiveyouagoodanswer.IfonlyIhadacrystalballandcouldseewhatliabilityissuesforourcompanywillturnupbutitreallydependsonthesituation.IstheprojectownersexpectationwelldocumentedIstheproductorproj-ecthighriskIstherewaterinvolvedWillthecostofrepairoutweightherewardAreyousuggestingordesigninganythingonthesiteIsitadelayedorcompressedscheduleandaretherepenaltiesIsthecontractororclientalargecompanyinahighlyregulatedindustryIstheprojectaphasedprojectJusttodayIhadtheprivilegetomeetwithanownerarchitectCManddistributortoreviewasuboorthathasmultiplelevels.Theoorhassomehollowsoundsandsomeloosematerial.Thedecisionwasmadetomoveforwardonavisualbasisnotxingthereasonbehindthehollowsound.Wewillallsignoffwithasingledocument.Theownerinthissituationwaswillingtomakethisdecisionbecausethecostofrepairfullremovalandreinstallationofamortarbedoutweighstherisk.Infacttheownermadethecommentthathewouldacceptthecosttoxthepossiblerepairsinthefutureiftheyoccurred.DocumentationandplacingtheriskbackontheownerwillpaydividendsDanWelchWelchTileMarbledanwwelchtile.comEQUIPMENTDEVELOPMENTCOMPANYINC.1-800-638-3326edcoinc.comcontrxsystems.comMANUFACTUREDPROUDLYINTHEUSAEVERYTHINGYOUNEEDTHISSTRIPPERSCRAPPEREXCELSWITHSPECIALLYDESIGNEDRAMMINGACTIONWEIGHTPOWERNEWSELFPROPELLEDFLOORSTRIPPERPRESIDENTSLETTER16TileLetterNovember2014 UnitedStatesPatentNo.6881768andotherPatents.SeeDataSheet230.99forcompletewarrantyinformation.StainProofresidentialinstallationonlytocommonhouseholdcleanersliquidsandothergoods.Cleanallspillsimmediately.2014LATICRETEInternationalInc.Alltrademarksshownaretheintellectualpropertiesoftheirrespectiveowners.A-5657-0914Ifyourtilescouldtalkthisisthegrouttheywouldaskfor.WarrantyGloballyProvenConstructionSolutionswww.laticrete.coml1.800.243.4788SPECTRALOCKPROPremiumGroutNon-sagformulaStainproofEasytoinstallSnapformoreinformation. ASKTHEEXPERTSQUESTIONIsignedacontractwithacompanytorenovatemyguestbathroomdemoli-tiondrywallinstallationtileworkandxtures.Thecontractlistedthecoloroftiletobeusedandcolorofgrout.AftertheshowerareawascompletedInoticedthetileswerenotallthesamewhite.Icheckedtheboxesandconrmedtheydidusethreedifferentcolors.Thecompanydidnotinformmetheywereusingamixtureofcol-ors.WhenIbroughtittotheirattentionthatthegroutintheshowerareawaswrongtheyofferedtoreducemycostby88orpaintthegrout.Thiscom-panycamehighlyrecommendedsoIamverydisappointed.Legallyshouldtheyripeverythingoutorshouldtheycompensatemeaminimumof3000ifIhavetolivewiththisANSWERIfyouhaveasignedcontractwithatilecompanydesignatingaparticulartilestyleandcolorandaparticulargroutcolorforanareatheyareobli-gatedtoinstallthoseitemsaccordingtoindustrystandards.Iftheydonotperformtheworkaccordingtothecontractyoushouldwithholdpay-mentuntilworkmeetsthecontract.Iftheymistakenlyinstalledthewrongtileandgroutcoloryoushouldexpectthemtore-dotheinstallationsoitsat-isesthecontract.Iftheywishtooffercompensationforyoutoaccepttheworkascompletedthatistheirrightbutyouarenotrequiredtoacceptthissolution.Youshouldreceivetheshoweryoucontractedfor.Ifyoucanlivewiththeworkprovidedandcom-pensationwillhelpyoufeelsatisedthatisprobablythequickestsolution.Ihopeyouhavekepttheboxesshowingtheyuseddifferentcoloredtilessoyouhavesomepowerinthissituation.MichaelWhistlerNTCApresenterQUESTIONIhearnumbersthrownaroundabouthowmuchrainfallequivalentyourmastershowergetsandIhearanythingfromlikearainforestto1000-2000inchesperyearbutdoyouordoesourindustryhaveanycalculationofwhattheannualrainfallequivalentinamastershowerwouldbeANSWERIhavetheresultsofastudyofatypicalresidentialshowerfromDonHalvorsonForensicTileConsultantwww.forensictileconsultants.comthatwillprobablysurpriseyouFlowrate2.5gallonsperminuteUsage12-minuteshoweronceperdayOnegallon231cubicinchesOnedayvolume30gallons6930cubicinchesx365days10950gal-lons2529450cubicinchesAndthisisassumingarelativelylowSponsoredby18TileLetterNovember2014 AmericanMonumentAssoc.CanadianStoneAssoc.ElbertonGraniteAssoc.IndianaLimestoneInstituteNat.BuildingGraniteQuarriesAssoc.NWGraniteMfr.Assoc.PartnersJANUARY20-232015MANDALAYBAYCONVENTIONCENTERLASVEGASSEEITHEREFIRST1WEEK5SHOWS125000ATTENDEES4.7MILLIONSQ.FTOFEXHIBITSThelargestcollectionofbuildinganddesignproductsservicesandtechnologieseverassembledatonetime.Bepartoftheexcitement.RegistertodayatTISEwest.com.JANUARY18-232015 STRATA_MATisahigh-performanceuncouplingmatforuseunderceramictileandstoneinstallations.Theuniquedesignprovidesforanenhancedmechanicalbondoftheadhesivemor-tarandfasterdryingofthemortarallowingforshortertimetogrout.Specicallydesignedforusewithbothmodifiedandunmodi-edmortarsSTRATA_MATallowsfortheproperadhe-sivemortartobeusedwithporcelainorlarge-formattilesandstone.www.laticrete.comowrateandonlyoneshowertakenperdayMorethan2.5MILLIONcubicinchesIfwecouldsomehowgetthisstaggeringnumberconveyedtothegeneralpublicandstatelicens-ingagenciesIthinktileinstallerswouldneedtobelicensedinall50statesbecauselikeimproperlyinstalledplumbingorelectricalwiringanimproperlyconstructedshowercandamageyourstructureandcausepotentialhealthandsafetyhazards.MichaelK.WhistlerNTCAQThatisanamazingstatisticorpieceofinformation.Imoorednopunintendedtoseethetotalamountofwaterowingthroughashower.YESweshouldhavearequirementthatinstallersbelicensed.InTexasifyouhaveapulseandatrowelandsomeonefoolishenoughtohireyoutobuildtheirshoweryoureinbusinessThanksagainandwellcontinuetopushforgoodinstallationtechniquesandproperinstallationitsamustAyearsworthofrainfallinatypicalshoweris10950gallonsor2529450cubicinchesaccordingtoastudydonebyDonHalvorsonForensicTileConsultant.ImagecourtesyofLATICRETE.ASKTHEEXPERTS20TileLetterNovember2014 PROMAfeaturesafulllineofhigh-performancesurfacepreparationandtileandstoneinstallationsystems.NomatterwhattheinstallationconditiontileorstonetypeorproductivitydemandsPROMAhastherightsolutiontotyourneeds.Visitwww.proma.usorcalltoll-freeat1.866.51.PROMA77662formoreinformationonPROMAproducts.PROMBRXDPROVIDESHIGH-PERFORMANCEWATERPROOFINGINNEARLYANYENVIRONMENTINTERIORWETAREASSUCHASTUBANDSHOWERSURROUNDSSUBMERGEDAPPLICATIONSSUCHASPOOLSANDFOUNTAINSEXTERIORAPPLICATIONSSUCHASBALCONIESANDTERRACES wUseforwaterproongunderneathtileorstoneininteriorandexteriorinstitutionalcommercialandresidentialoorwallandceilinginstallationswUseinwetareassuchastubandshowersurroundskitchenandfoodprepareaslaundryroomsandbalconiesorterracesoverunoccupiedspaceswSuitableforsubmergedapplicationssuchaspoolsspashottubsfountainsandwaterfeatureswIsolatesshrinkagecracksinplaneupto3mm18widewhenusedincombinationwithPROMAbermeshwCompatiblewithallpolymer-modiedthin-setmortarswPremixedreadytouseandapplieseasilywithatrowelrollerorabrushwRapid-dryingformulaallowsforfasterinstallationoftileandstonewRatedforExtra-HeavyDutyservicewBondstoproperlypreparedstainlesssteelmetalandABSdrainassemblieswWillnotpromotemoldmildeworbacteriagrowthwNoVOCwLowodornon-ammablewExceedsANSIA118.10requirementsforthinload-bearingwaterproongwExceedsANSIA118.12high-performancestandardsforcrackisolationwhenusedwithPROMAbermeshwContributestoLEEDobjectivesandrequirementsFastereasierbetterWaterproong.IntroducingPROMBRXDanextra-heavydutywaterproongandcrackisolationmembranethatraisesthebarforperformance.10 sponsoredbyBUSINESSTIPMuchhasbeensaidabouttheAffordableHealthActACAmandateotherwiseknownasObamacareandmanystrategiesdiscussedtocopewithitscomplex-ities.Soonhoweverthetalkwillyieldtorealityandplay-or-paywillbemorethanjustaslogan.BottomlinehereiswhatyouneedtoknownowonJanuary12015thehealthinsurancemandateforcompanieswith100employeeswillbegin.Oneyearlateritwillkickinforcompanieswith50-99employees.Theno-coveragepenaltyAcompanysubjecttotheman-datethatdoesNOTofferhealthinsuranceto9570in2015ofitsfull-timeemployeesandchilddependentswillpayanocover-agepenaltyof2000annuallyforeveryemployeeminusthefrst30employeesthefrst80employ-eesin2015.Thispenaltyistrig-PayorPlayThemomentofdecisionisdrawingnearByPatrickC.OConnorKentOConnorWashingtonD.C.CumulativeIncreasesinHealthInsurancePremiumsWorkersContributionstoPremiumsInflationandWorkersEarnings1999-2014131191721272121738541328430501001502002501999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014HealthInsurancePremiumsWorkersContributiontoPremiumsWorkersEarningsOverallInflationSOURCEKaiserHRETSurveyofEmployer-SponsoredHealthBenefits1999-2014.BureauofLaborStatisticsConsumerPriceIndexU.S.CityAverageofAnnualInflationApriltoApril1999-2014BureauofLaborStatisticsSeasonallyAdjustedDatafromtheCurrentEmploymentStatisticsSurvey1999-2014ApriltoApril.24TileLetterNovember2014 Lounge14Tile.Theveryberofsophistication.Tobringdistinctiontoanyenvironmenttheresnosmarterchoicethanthisultra-modernporcelaintilecollection.Lineardesignswithatextileinuencecreatetheeffectofberaddingdimensionfromlivingroomstobathsandfromwallstooors.Decorativeinlayscanbeusedasaccentsortocreateentiresurfacesforadramaticeffect.Availableinfourdistinctivecolorswithaversatilearrayofrectanglesplanksinlaysandmosaics.VisitMarazziUSA.com.2014marazziusa TheShowerPerfectInstallationSystemsfortub-to-showerbath-roomremodelingprojectsintro-ducedtothemarketbyMAPEIhavetwodistinctadvantagesThetwo-panelpre-slopedpantodraineliminatestheneedfortheeld-oatedslopetodrainandiseasiertoinstallthansingle-componentpans.ThepatentedlineardrainassemblymadeofdurablePVCincludesextenderstoaccommo-datewall-to-wallshowerinstal-lationfrom26to32inwidth.TwoShowerPerfectInstallationKitsareavailabletofacilitatetheuseofliquid-membraneorsheet-mem-branewater-proongoftheshowercompart-ment.Thelineardrainassemblyissoldsepa-ratelyasitcanalsobeusedinatraditionalmud-bedshowerinstallation.www.mapei.comgeredifanyemployeereceivesasubsidytaxcredittopurchasehealthinsuranceontheexchange.TheinadequatecoveragepenaltyForthosecompanieswhodecidetoofferhealthinsuranceto95oftheiremployeesthatisnottheendofthematter.Youmustalsobecer-tainthatthecoveragemeetstheACArequirementsitsaffordableandhasminimumvalue.Ifnotacompanywillfaceaninadequatecoveragepenaltyof3000annuallyforeachemployeewhoreceivesasubsidyontheexchange.WhatisaffordableFortunatelytheIRShasmadethiseasybyprovidingsafeharborsforcompaniestousetodetermineaffordability.TheW-2safehar-bordeemsapolicyaffordableiftheemployeesshareofthesinglepolicypremiumis9.5orlessoftheemployeesW-2wages.AlternativelytheFederalPovertyLevelsafeharborsaysaplanisaffordableiftheemployeesshareforasinglepolicyisnomorethan1110in2015whichis9.5oftheFederalPovertyLevel.WhatisminimumvalueYourhealthinsuranceplanhasminimumvalueiftheplansshareofallowedcostsofbenetsprovidedundertheplanisatleast60.Yourbenetsadministratorcanworkwithyoutodetermineifyourplanmeetsthisthreshold.TheU.S.DepartmentofHealthandHumanServicesHHShasdevelopedanonlinecal-BUSINESSTIP26TileLetterNovember2014 www.schluter.com800-472-4588ConnectwithusFloorwarmingsystemshavebecomeverypopular.Heatingtiledfloorsincreasestheneedforuncouplingtopreventcrackedtilesandgrout.UseSchluter-DITRA-HEATtogetbothwarmfloorsanduncouplinginasinglelayer.Schluter-DITRA-HEATElectricfloorwarmingsystemwithintegrateduncouplingHeatinganduncouplinginasinglelayerNoself-levelersrequiredtoencapsulateheatingcablesnoneedtowaitforcuringPlacetheheatingcablesexactlywheretheyareneededwithoutclipsorfastenersCombinestheexibilityofloosecablewiththeeaseofinstallationofamatsystem120Vand240VoptionsProgrammableandnon-programmablethermostatsavailableFasterThinnerFloorWarming culatortooltoassistcompaniesinmeasuringthevalueoftheirplan.HoweverbewarerecentreportssaytheHHScalculatorhasseriousfawsthatactuallygiveapprovaltoclearlysubstandardplans.AtthispointyoumightaskIfwedoalloftheabovetherewillbenopenalties.RightWell...maybe.Thisisbyallmeasuresanincred-Estimateisstatisticallydifferentfromestimateforthepreviousyearshownp NewMAPEIFlexcolorCQtargetsyourgroutproblemscallbacksmixingcrackingsealingstainingeforescenceMAPEIFlexcolorCQisformulatedwiththelatestinnovationinquartzaggregatewhichensurescolorconsistencyeaseofcleanabilityandimprovedworkability.Thenext-generationformulawillgiveyouushjointsandincorporatesDropEffecttechnologywhichhelpspreventmoststains.Thisprofessional-gradeready-to-usespecialtygroutwasmadeforprecisioncommercialandresidentialinstallations.Availablein26designercolorsand2packagingsizes12gallons.Yourreputationreliesonbeingpreciseeverytime.TrustthenewMAPEIFlexcolorCQReady-to-UseGroutwithColor-CoatedQuartz iblycomplicatedlaw.Youcansetouttodoeverythingrightandstillunwittinglyencounteranynumberofhiddentraps.ForinstanceDelayedeffectivedateformid-sizecompaniesThisappliestocompaniesof50to99employees.Theone-yeargraceperioduntil2016iscondi-tionalafactmanydonotreal-ize.Acompanyoftherequisitesizeeventuallywillhavetocertifythatitdidnotreduceitsworkforceoranypreviously-offeredhealthinsurancein2014toqualifyforthereprieve.ThecerticationwilloccuraspartoftheemployerhealthcarereportingthatbeginsinJanuary2016.MisclassicationofemployeesEveryoneisfamiliarwiththeexistingnegativeconsequencesforacompanywhomisclassiesanemployeeasanindependentcontractorbackpayrolltaxesandpenaltiesforeachmisclassi-edperson.Thatisbadenough.ButwhenyouaddtheACAitspossibletoincurasignicantnewliabilityentirelydisproportionatetothenumberofmisclassiedworkers.Whenforcedtocountthemisclassiedworkersasemploy-eesthiscouldcauseacompanytobeoutofcompliancewiththe95coverageruletriggeringthe2000peremployeeno-coveragepenaltyapplicabletoallemploy-eesminustherst30notjustthemisclassifedemployeesThiscouldoccureventhoughthecompanyisalreadypayingpremiumsforcov-erageonsay92ofemployees.Misclassificationofworkerscouldalsoturnasmallemployerlessthan50intoalargeemployer666868666663606159635969606157555557585855524749455047594850454401020304050607080901001999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014AllFirmsFirmswith3-9WorkersPercentageofAllFirmsOfferingHealthBenefits1999-2014Estimateisstatisticallydifferentfromestimateforthepreviousyearshownp PRECISEEFFICIENTDURABLEWIThBELLoTAyoULLNoToNLygETThEjoBDoNEyoUWILLgETITDoNERIghT.Discoverourallnewcompleterangeofprofessionalmanualtilecuttersandscoringwheelsatbellota.com8002342547MarketedbyCORONACLIPPERINC.forNorthAmericabellota.com 50ormorewhenthemisclassi-fedworkersarecountedinbring-ingacompanyundertheemployermandateretroactively.Thelessonherebeverycarefulaboutclassi-fyingyourworkers.Thestakeshavejustgottenalothigher.ReimbursingemployeestopurchaseontheexchangeWhenfacedwiththecostandcomplexityofthisnewlawmorethanafewbusinesseshavecon-sideredsendingtheiremployeestotheindividualhealthexchangeandreimbursingthemforthecostoftheirpremium.Thatcouldbeahugemistake.TheIRSjustrecentlypublishedguidanceNotice2013-54clarifyingthatsucharrange-mentsarenotpermittedonapre-taxbasis.Infactnotonlywouldemployersriskpenaltiesfornotprovidinghealthcoveragetheycouldalsobesubjecttoanexcisetaxof100perdayperemployeebecausesuchnon-taxarrange-mentsrunafoulofexistingIRSrulesforemployersgroupplans.Howeversmallemployerslessthan50canprovideworkersextramoneytopurchasehealthinsur-ancebutitwillbetaxableincometotheemployeeandsubjecttopayrolltaxwithholding.AlsotheemergingSmallBusinessHealthExchangeSHOPmayeventuallybeanoptionforcompanieswithfewerthan100employees.Catch-22forfamiliesAsdiscussedacompanyhealthplanisdeemedaffordableifthecostofanindividualpremiumis9.5orlessoftheemployeeswages.IfsoboththeemployeeandhisherfamilyareineligibleforasubsidytaxcredittopurchaseinsuranceontheExchange.Thisistrueevenifthefamilycoverageisinfactunaffordabletotheemploy-ee.Forcompanieswhoseprima-rymotivationinofferinghealthinsuranceistoprovideavaluablebenefttotheirworkersandtheirfamiliesitcouldactuallyhavetheoppositeeffectdependingonthedemographicsofyourworkforceafactortobearinmind.Intheendthereisnoonerightorwrongapproachtomeetthechallengesofthisnewlaw.SomecompaniesareconfdentboldlysayingBringitonOthersarescratchingtheirheadsmullingwhethertopaypremiumsorpenal-ties.Stillothersaretighteningtheirbeltsastheybraceforincreasedinsurancecosts.Whateveryourapproachweighyouroptionsmethodicallykeepaskingques-tionsandstayalertandagileasthisprocessunfolds.PatOConnorisaprincipalinKentOConnorIncorporatedaWashingtonD.C.-basedgovernmentaffairsrm.AveteranofCapitolHillwithparticularexpertiseinhealthtransportationandtheenvironmentOConnorworkswithtradeassocia-tionsandcompaniestondworkablesolutionstothemostpressingregula-toryandlegislativeissues.Formoreinformationvisitwww.kentoconnor.comorcall202-223-6222.BUSINESSTIP32TileLetterNovember2014 SelfLevelingUnderlaymentiscreatedbasedongreentechnologyinaconcertedefforttoimplementaLEEDstrategyforgreenerbuildingpracticeswww.sgm.cc800.641.9247FastsettingSavecostandlaborEliminatestrowelingNosandingorgrindingCanbefeatheredgedLowshrinkagenotgypsumbase FEATURESTORYowdoyousuccessful-lycombinethegoalsofgreenbuildingandsin-gle-sourcemanufacturingwiththeneedtoinstallawidevarietyoftileAddinahighlycompressedscheduleandalotofmoisture-sensitivelimestone.WheredoyouturnforhelpCustomBuildingProductsrosetoeachofthesetileinstallationchallengeswithtechnicalexpertiseandtherightproductsforthejob.TheresultingprojectisTownship14apremiumcorporateplazadevelopmentinprestigiousDelMarHeightsjustnorthofSanDiego.CUSTOMsEmeraldSystemproductsmettheenvironmentalstandardsofthebuilderswithcon-tributionstoLEEDcerticationandCarbonOffsetCredits.InadditionalloftheCUSTOMproductscho-senplustheTechnicalServicesteamexceededtheperformanceexpectationsofthetilecontractor.TheDelMarsiteconsistsoftwoClassAofcebuildingsanewthree-storystructureandanexist-ingfour-storybuildingthatwasreskinnedwithcoreimprovementsforenergyefciency.Animpres-sivewhitelimestoneveneerdistin-guishesbothbuildingsanduniesthedesign.EastCountyTileandMarbleofSanteeCalif.installedthelime-stoneexteriorsandextensiveinte-riortile.CustomBuildingProductshasbeenasupplierIveusedforover32yearssaidOrinBarretichtheownerofEastCountyTileandMarble.Asalwaystheirtechni-calassistanceonthisprojectwasextremelyhelpful.Jobspecicationscalledfor36-longwhiteChenillelime-stonetilesuppliedbyDaltile.EastCountyTileaskedCUSTOMtotestthelimestoneintheirlabandrec-HSanDiegoofceparkgoesforLEEDGoldwithCUSTOMEmeraldSystem34TileLetterNovember2014 ShowcaseyourprojectatCoverings2015Over15000intotalcashprizesupforgrabsentertheCIDAwardsforfreetoday.Formoreinformationincludingentryrulesandentryformsvisitcoverings.comCID.EntryDeadlineTuesdayJanuary202015SubmityourprojectandyoucanShowcaseyourprojectatCoveringsduringtheshowandattheCIDAwardsOpeningNightCelebrationWinupto2000andaone-nighthotelstayBefeaturedinTileLetterContemporaryStoneTileDesignandtheCoveringswebsiteHaveyourprojectincludedintheonsiteCIDbrochureCoverings2015PresentstheCoveringsInstallationDesignCIDAwardsTheCIDAwardshonorachievementsintheoutstandingdesignandinstallationoftileandstone.2015CID FEATURESTORYSanDiegoofceparkgoesforLEEDGoldwithCUSTOMommendthebestinstallationsys-tem.CUSTOMsTechnicalServicesdepartmentexaminedsamplesreviewedtestingresultsanddeter-minedthatarapid-settingmortarsuchasProLiteshouldbeused.Oneofthefactorsconsideredwasthelimestonesmoisturesensitivitywhichcanpresentchallengesifthetileisnotsetandsealedwithappropriateproducts.ProLiteRapidSettingLargeFormatTileStoneMortarwasselectedtoinstallthelimestoneveneerthroughouttheproject.ProLiteisamedium-beddry-setmortarthatprovidesexcellentbondstrengthforlarge-formattileslikethoseinstalledatTownship14.ThisEmeraldSystemprod-uctiscreatedwithrecycledcontentsoitweighs40lessthanothermortars.ThelightweightformulagivesProLitesuperiorhandlingcharacteris-ticsandalsomakesiteasiertouseonthejobsite.A30-poundbagofProLitetypi-callycoversthesameareaas50poundsoftraditionalmortar.TheexteriorwallswerepreparedwithCUSTOMsRedGardLiquidWaterproongandCrackPreventionMembrane.RedGardwasappliedasamoisturebarrierprotectingthebuildingsfromwaterintrusion.Allofthelimestonewasgrout-edwithPrismSureColorGroutanothercomponentofCUSTOMsEmeraldSystem.Thisfast-settinglightweightpolymer-modifiedgroutoffersconsistentcolordespitevaryingconditionsatthejobsite.Theinteriorlobbiesandexteriorentrywaysweresetwithlarge-formatporcelaintilemeasuringfrom12x24to12x36.RedGardwasappliedasamoisturebarrierprotectingthebuildingsfromwaterintrusion.36TileLetterNovember2014 Copyright2012AlphaProfessionalTools.Allrightsreserved.103BauerDriveOaklandNJ07436800-648-7229Fax800-286-0114www.alpha-tools.comDRYTILEKITVIRTUALLYDUST-FREESHAPINGANDPOLISHINGAPPLICATIONCOVERSMORETHANA4DISCCONVENIENTANDFASTCANALSOBEUSEDWETDRYTILEBULLNOSEKITFactoryQualityFinishWithouttheMess Rapid-curingAquaMixSealersChoiceGoldwasappliedtopro-tectthelimestoneasapre-groutingsealer.SealersChoiceGoldisapre-miumno-sheenformulathatkeepsstonelookingnaturalwhileallowingmoisturevaportransmission.Theinteriorlobbiesandexteriorentrywaysweresetwithlarge-formatporcelaintilemeasuringfrom12x24to12x36.CUSTOMsLargeFormatTile-LFTFortiedMediumBedMortarwaschosenforitsnon-slumpinglippage-eliminatingproperties.AswiththesignaturelimestoneveneerPrismgroutwasselectedton-ishtheporcelaintileinstallationintheseprominentpublic-facingcommonareas.TheporcelainwassealedwithAquaMixPenetratingSealertohelpresiststainsfromfoottrafc.RedGardliquidwaterproofingmem-branewasappliedpriortotilingtheintermit-tently-wetareasofthebuildings.Thisinclud-edallbathroomstheshowersinthetnesscenterandanonsitecaf.Thetileinstalledvariedfrom2x2and6x6ceramicintheshowerstoquarrytileinthecafkitchen.ThesesmallertilesweresetwithVersaBondFortiedThin-SetMortaranall-purposepolymer-modiedmortar.Theyweregrout-edwithPolyBlendSandedGroutforharddensejointsthatwillresistshrinkingandwear.MovementjointsbothindoorsandoutdoorswerepreparedwithCUSTOMCommercial100SiliconeCaulkwhichremainspermanentlyex-SmallertilesweresetwithVersaBondFortifedThin-SetMortaranall-purposepolymer-modifedmortarandgroutedwithPolyBlendSandedGrout.RedGardliquidwaterproofngmembranewasappliedpriortotilingtheintermittently-wetareasofthebuildings.FEATURESTORYSanDiegoofceparkgoesforLEEDGoldwithCUSTOM38TileLetterNovember2014 ibletoprotectthetile.Fromspecicationconsultationsandmaterialstestingtoinstallationtrainingandregularsiteinspec-tionstheteamatCUSTOMwasonhandtohelpateverystepofthetilingprocess.Ihavegreatcon-denceintheirproductsandtheirservicesaidBarretich.Bothgaveanexcellentperformanceduringthisproject.CustomBuildingProductsiscommittedtoenvironmentalresponsibilityinbothproductsandmanufacturingpractices.Over100CUSTOMBuildGreenproductscontributetoLEEDcerticationwithlowVOCsrecycledcontentandregionallysourcedmaterials.CUSTOMsEmeraldSystemgoesastepfurtherwithproductsthatareJobspecicationscalledfor36-longwhiteChenillelimestonetilesuppliedbyDaltile.FEATURESTORYSanDiegoofceparkgoesforLEEDGoldwithCUSTOMCUSTOMsEmeraldSystemistherstlineoftile-installationproductstoofferCarbonOffsetCreditsthathelpreducegreenhousegasemissions.TheseeliteproductsarealsoeligibleforuptoaLifetimeSystemWarranty.40TileLetterNovember2014 25YearsofPioneeringInnovativeToolsEquipmentfortheU.S.TileStoneIndustry239-598-3737e-mailinfotile-eze.comFormoreinformationontheseandotherTileEzeproductsvisitusonlineatwww.tile-eze.comorcalltollfree1-800-476-3737BLOWOUTSALEOurdiamondbladesarehigh-qualitySwiss-madetottheFSNFSCDustlessGroutRemoverandMultimastertoolsmadebytheFeinCompanyandDremelMulti-Max.DiamondBladesMarblePlaneisatooldevelopedforlippagefreeinstallationofmarblestoneandgranitetilesofanysize.Tileinstallationisfasterandmoreprecisethanbutteringandpoundingindividualtilestosetthemonaperfectplane.MarblePlanesTile-EzeisinnowayafliatedwithFEINorDremel2Blades99.00 guaranteedtocomplywithenvi-ronmentalagencyregulations.TheEmeraldSystemisalsotherstlineoftile-installationproductstoofferCarbonOffsetCreditsthathelpreducegreenhousegasemis-sions.Plustheseeliteproductsaresodurablethattheyareeli-gibleforuptoaLifetimeSystemWarranty.Township14hasappliedforGoldLEED-NCcerticationfromtheU.S.GreenBuildingCouncilforBuildingOneandSilverforBuildingTwo.LEED-contributingproductssuchasCUSTOMsProLiteandPrismhelpedtoearnimportantpointsforthisapplica-tion.InstallinganEmeraldSystemalsoqualiedtheprojectforover7000CarbonOffsetCredits.CUSTOMandtheEmeraldSystemallowedtheclienttopur-sueLEEDcerticationandobtainalong-lastinginstallationthatisntjustgreenitsEmerald.EastCountyTileandMarbleofSanteeCalif.installedthelimestoneexteriorsandextensiveinteriortile.FEATURESTORYSanDiegoofceparkgoesforLEEDGoldwithCUSTOM42TileLetterNovember2014 ProductsusedRedGardWaterproofingandCrackPreventionMembraneProLiteRapidSettingLargeFormatTileStoneMortarPrismSureColorHighPerformanceGroutLargeFormatTile-LFTFortifedMediumBedMortarAquaMixSealersChoiceGoldAquaMixPenetratingSealerVersaBondFortifedThin-SetMortarPolyBlendSandedGroutCommercial100SiliconeCaulk.LocationSanDiegoCalif.Yearcompleted2014ArchitectGenslerSanDiegoCalif.GeneralcontractorDPRConstructionSanDiegoCalif.TilecontractorEastCountyTileandMarbleSanteeCalif.withworkalsocom-pletedbyWirtzTileandStoneSanDiegoCalif.CustomBuildingProductsTeamJohnDiazCSICTCarchitec-turalconsultantBrianSwannter-ritorymanagerChrisVombauerregionaltechnicalservicesrepre-sentative.ProLiteRapidSettingLargeFormatTileStoneMortaranEmeraldSystemproductwasselectedtoinstallthelimestoneveneerthroughouttheproject.Becauseitiscre-atedwithrecycledcontentitweighs40lessthanothermortars.TileLetterNovember201443 CodyFlooringandTileInc.GoldenColoradoByTerrynRutfordQUALIFIEDLABORIn2009SteveBarrowownerofCodyFlooringTileInc.www.codyflooring.comlocatedinGoldenColo.decidedthathistileinstallersshouldbecertied.InApril2009DanEielsonwasoneofthetileinstallerswhotooktheCertiedTileInstallerexamatRioGrandeSupplyCompanyinDenverColo.CodyFlooringTileInc.spe-cializesincommercialandhigh-endresidentialtileinstallation.ThecompanyworkedontheRecreationalCenteratCSUinFortCollinsinstallingover32000sq.ft.oftile.WhenEielsontookthewrit-tenandhands-ontestinDenverhewassurprisedthattherewasnotmoremudworkinthetest.EielsonsaidIvebeendoingtileinstal-lation38yearssoIdidntthinkthetestwasquitedifcult.Thetestincludesallthebasicstuffthatanygoodtileguyshouldknowaboutcenteringwallsandstuffhesaid.EditorsnoteAdvancedCerticationforTileInstallersACTDOESofferacerticationformudbeds.Visitwww.tilecertica-tions.comformoreinformation.Eielsonadmitshedidlearnafewthingsfromstudyingupforthetest.Ididlearnaboutanti-fractureanddifferentmembranes.TherewereanumberofthingsthatIdidpickuplikecrackisolationsthatIwasnotawareofbeforethetest.CerticationhashelpedEielsonsbusiness.HesaidIhavemen-44TileLetterNovember2014 ProSpecprovidedawarrantedsystemforthetilerenovationofAuburnUniversitysprestigiousJamesE.MartinAquaticsCenter.PRODUCTSUSEDPermalasticSystemMortarProColorSandedGroutandB-7000EpoxyMortarGroutB-6000WaterproofCrackIsolationMembraneFloorPatchProFeatherEdgeToughconditionsrequirechampionshipperformance.TolearnmoreaboutthisprojectandProSpecproductsvisitusatprospec.com tionedanumberoftimestodif-ferentsuperintendentsatmeetingsbeforewestartajobthatanumberofourguysarecertiedjusttogivethemalittlebitofaheads-upthatweknowwhatweredoing.Eielsoncommentedthatthetiletradehaschanged.Withthebigboxstoreseveryonehasbecomeatileinstaller.TheythinkIcanreadabookandIcandothis.WhenIrststartedyoucouldonlyndtiletoolsandmaterialsatatiledistributor.ToEielsonthisisagoodreasonfortileinstallerstotakethetestandbecomecertieditsawaytoraiseoneselfabovethecompeti-tion.EielsonsaidThewrittentestandthehands-ontestisalotofgoodbasicstuffthatalotofguysinthetradedonthavenowadays.AboutthecerticationEielsonremarkedItsagoodthingformetohave.IwishthishadbeengoingonwhenIwasdoingmyownhousesyearsago.QUALIFIEDLABOR46TileLetterNovember2014 IcanttellyouhowmanytimesIhavebeeninaconversationwiththeestimatororprojectmanagerofageneralcontractorGCwhohaswantedmetogivethemarevisedpricefor1224tilesinlieuof1212tiles.AndwhenIreturntherequestedpricewithoutfailtheyareshockedtoseethatthepricehasdramaticallyincreased.Theyoftenarguethatthepricesofbothtilesarerelativelythesame.AndwhatsevenmoreastoundingtothemisthatIagree.Itthenhastobeexplainedthattheincreaseincostwasduetothelaborincreasedoorprepandsettingmaterials.TheGCsestima-torfurtherarguesthatthe1224piece2sq.ft.oftileistwotimesthesizeofthe12121sq.ft..Thisiswhereitneedstobefurtherexplainedthatwiththeinstallationoflarge-bodytilestyp-icallyanythinglargerthana1212theissueoflippageismorepronounced.Alsothetoleranceassociatedwithanyslopingintheoorhastobeoffset.Basicallyyouhavetomakethesubooratter.Thehard-tileestimatornowhastoaccountforathickermortar.Medium-bedmortarwillhavetobesubstitutedforthin-setmortar.Consequentlymedium-bedmor-tarismoreexpensiveandthecoverageislessthanthatofthin-Aquickthoughtonlaborandlarge-formattileTECHTALKSponsoredbyByLewisHunterestimatorWithlarge-formattilelaborisincreasedbecausetheinstallerhastomassageeachpieceoftiletomakesureitslevelwitheachadjoiningpiece.48TileLetterNovember2014 BringontheToughTileInstallationsPassesheavydutychemicalresistancerequirementsEasy-to-useeasy-to-cleanExceedsindustrycompressivestrengthrequirementsYoullbereadyforthetoughtileinstallationswithInColor.InColorisaready-to-useadvancedperformancegroutabreakthroughforinstallerswhoneedtoworksmarternotharder.Readytogotheminuteyouopenthepailthepowerfulformulaischemicalresistantmoldandmildewresistantandstain-proofwithcolorconsistencyyoucancounton.InColorcanbeinstalledinbothinteriorandexteriorapplicationsaswellaspoolsandspas.Itrequiresnosealingandcleanseasily.TECInColorAdvancedPerformanceGroutVisittecspecialty.comtolearnmore.Seeproductdatasheetforcompletelisting.InColorgroutisstain-proofagainstmostcommonstainswhencleanedimmediately.Seeproductdatasheetfordetailedinformation.Copyright2014H.B.FullerConstructionProductsInc.TECandInColoraretrademarksofH.B.FullerConstructionProductsInc. set.Likewiselaborisincreasedbecausetheinstallernowhastomassageeachpieceoftiletomakesureitslevelwitheachadjoiningpiece.Thisaffectstheproductivitywhichcanbereducedbyhalfinsomeinstances.Allofthesecom-ponentscombinedincreasestheoverallprice.NowastileestimatorswouldntourlivesbesomucheasieriftheendusersexpectationsincludedtheaboveinformationLewisM.HunterJr.wasacom-mercialhardtileestimatorforsev-eralyearsinRaleighNC.Henowservesastheestimatingmanag-erforthetopresidentialooringcompanyinNorthernVirginia.Visithttpcommercialtileestimating.wordpress.comorcontacthimathunting1780yahoo.comformoreinformation.TECHTALKTECannouncesDesignFXgroutastain-proofready-to-usegroutinspiredbythelatestdesigntrends.DesignFXgroutavailableincrystalsilverandbronzehasareectiveeffectandaccentuatesthenaturalbeautyofglassmosaicandmetaltilewhilealsocomplementingceramicporce-lainandnaturalstonetile.ApprovedforinteriorandexterioruseDesignFXgroutcanbringahigh-endaesthetictoresidentialandmoderatecommer-cialenvironments.Becauseitcanbefullysubmergeditcanalsoprovideauniqueaccentforwaterapplicationsincludingswimmingpools.ProvidingbothformandfunctionDesignFXgroutresistsmoldandmil-dewrepelsmostcommonhouseholdstainsandmaybeusedtogrouttilejointsfrom116to12onoorsand116to14onwalls.Theeasy-to-useformulaneverrequiressealingallow-ingformoreefcientinstallations.DesignFXisavailableforpurchasein12-galloncontainers.www.tecspecialty.com.TheTECtrademarkisownedbyH.B.FullerConstructionProductsInc.andregisteredintheUSandothercountries.TheDesignFXtrademarkisownedbyH.B.FullerConstructionProductsInc.Withtheinstallationoflarge-bodytilestypicallyanythinglargerthana1212theissueoflippageismorepro-nounced.Thelaborofmanagingthatandreducingoreliminatinglippageaddstolaborcost.50TileLetterNovember2014 A5655-1014SeeDataSheet025.0forcompletewarrantyinformation.2014LATICRETEInternationalInc.Alltrademarksshownaretheintellectualpropertiesoftheirrespectiveowners.Snapformoreinformation.Anti-MicrobialTechnologyEquippedwithWarranty25YEAR GloballyProvenConstructionSolutionsLATICRETEoffersacompletesolutionfortilenaturalstoneandmanufacturedmasonryveneersprovidingapermanenthighstrengthinstallationthatisfreeze-thawstableandprotectsfromwaterintrusionbackedbyourLATICRETE25YearSystemWarranty.www.laticrete.commvis1.800.243.4788MVISAcompletesystemfortileandstoneinstallationsMasonryVeneerInstallationSystem AcoupleofyearsagoatalocalAlbuquerqueNTCATileStoneWorkshopNTCApresenterMichaelWhistlertoldtheassem-bledgroupoftilecontractorsaboutagreatopportunityjustwaitingtobegrasped.Thatopportunitywasinstallingmasonryormanufac-turedstoneconcreteveneersoverbackerboardusingatile-settingmethod.Traditionallytheseprod-uctsaswellasstackednaturalstoneveneershavebeeninstalledwithamasonrylath-and-mortarmethod.Butthemasonrymethodhasbeensubjecttobondfailuressousingacementbackerboardliquidwaterproofngmembraneandthin-setmortarsofamiliartotileinstallershasprovedtobeasuperiormethodandproftoppor-tunityforsometilecontractors.ManufacturedstoneisgreatstuffsaidWhistler.Tilesettersshouldhaveembraceditwhole-heartedlybuttheygaveittothemasons.Afewsmartguysareinstallingititseasytodo.WhistlersaidthatthemasonrymethodinvolvespaperandwirelaththenitscoveredwithtypeSstandardmasonrymortarwhichhasverylittlebondstrength.Thisismadeforstackedblockorbricksontopofeachotheritsnotmadeforgluingonethingtosomethingelse.Incontrasthepointedoutthatthin-setmortarismadetoglueanobjecttoasubstrate.Thetileguysputupcementbackerboardandwaterproofitcompletelywithacompletelywaterproofmembranenotjustavaporbarrierorretard-erliketarpaperorVisqueenthatmaybenailedtothesubstratecre-atingabreachinthewaterproof-StackingthedeckmanufacturednaturalstoneveneersprosandconsByLesleyGoddinsponsoredbySTONEStackedslateveneerontheplantersatVegasMonteCarloofferadistinctivelookinstalledbySuperiorTileandStoneviaatile-settingmethod.54TileLetterNovember2014 ITSTHELASTTOOLUSEDWHYNOTUSETHEBESTItsthebestspongewehaveeverused.TerryMorrisonGroundZeroFlooringOakleyUtahSince1968WehavegottenmorecomplimentsonthequalityofArmalyProPlusgroutingspongesthananyotherspongewehaveevercarried.EricBarnhillContractSalesSanDiegoMarbleTileSanDiegoCaliforniaWeareveryimpressedwithhowwelltheArmalyProPlusgroutingspongeworksrightoutofthepackage.Itseasytouseandleavesnicefullgroutjoints.Italsopicksupmoregroutresiduesavingalotoftimeonthesecondwashwhichmakespolishingfasterandeasier.OnbehalfoftheapprenticesWayneMcAdamsCoordinatorJointApprenticeshipCommitteeLocal18TileMarbleTerrazzoInternationalUnionofBricklayersAlliedCraftworkersFromthetimeofgroutingwithArmalynaturalspongestoourArmalyProPlusHDQgroutingspongesoftodayourproductshavestoodthetestoftimeforover100years.2010ArmalyBrands.ArmalyProPlusVac-U-PakandtheGREENcoloroftheEpoxyGroutWipearetrademarksofArmalyBrands.1-800-772-1222VisitWheretoBuyatwww.armalybrands.com ing.Thentheveneerisinstalledwiththin-setmortarontopofthatwhichactuallymakestheveneersticktothewall.Whistlernotedthatallmajortilesettingmanufacturersproduceasystemofproductsthataregearedtowardsinstallingmanufacturedstoneveneers.LATICRETEandCustomBuildingProductshavemodifedsomepackagingforproductstoaddressthisinstallationspecifcallysaidBrianPistulkabusinessmanagerTileStoneInstallationSystemsMAPEI.AtthistimeMAPEIhasntpursuedthisapproach.ButMAPEIhassupportedthismarketcategorywithspecifcationsandtworeferenceguidesonecreatedinconjunctionwithDaltileanditsnow-discontinuedlineofmasonrystoneveneerandthesecondforthewholesaledistribu-tionmarket.BothguidesfeaturedexistingbrandedproductsMAPEItestedandrecommendedassys-temsforthiscategoryPistulkasaid.Theguidecontainedinstalla-WheninstallationtimeiscriticaltilecontractorsturntoMAPEIspremiumrap-id-settingpolymer-modifedmortarsys-temGranirapid.Thisfast-curingmortarusesMAPEIsHigh-HydratedCementTechnologyHCTwhichdevelopshighearlymechanicalstrength.Itssupe-riordrying-outcharacteristicsrapidlyproducelowresidualmoisturebehindtilesandgroutcanbeappliedinthreetofourhours.WhenMAPEIsUltracolorPlusgroutalsoanHCTproductiscom-binedwithGranirapidtheinstallationwillallowwaterimmersioninaslittleas72hoursasopposedto28daysfortraditionalsystems.Thistwo-componentmortarsystemmaintainsitssuperiorbondcharac-teristicsthroughrepeatedfreeze-thawcyclesmakingitanexcellentchoiceforinstallationsinclimateswithwidetemperatureranges.Granirapidcanbeusedtoinstallmosttypesofmarblegran-iteandnatu-ralstoneanddimensionally-stableagglom-eratedstones.Thismortarisalsoavailableinwhitewhichismostsuitableforinstallinglight-coloredstone.www.mapei.com.SuperiorTileandStoneinstalledthinbrickattheYushorestaurantattheMonteCarloCasinoandResortinLasVegas.STONESECTION56TileLetterNovember2014 tionsystemsforvarioussubstratesandconditions.Workingwithasingle-sourcesystemlikethoseofferedbyset-tingmaterialmanufacturersaffordstheseinstallationswithawarrantyanotherbenetofthetile-settingapproachhesaid.Theproblemisthisprotcenterhasntfullycaughtonwithtilecon-tractorsyetandforseveralreasons.MasonspurviewDanWelchNTCApresidentandaNTCAFiveStarContractorsaidhiscompanyWelchTileMarbleoutofKentCityMich.doesntdomuchmanufacturedstoneveneerinstalla-tionsinceitsnotinitsbidcategory.Masonswouldhavemanufac-turedstoneveneerontheircontractWelchsaid.Wewouldhavetogointotheircategoryandsubcontracttothemason.SimilarlyWelchsaidinMichigangranitecountertopsareinthecabinetmakersscope.Wewouldhavetobidthroughthecoun-tertopguyhesaid.TommyConnerCEOofNTCAFiveWelchTileMarbleinstallednaturalstackedstoneveneerandoortileatFerrisStateUniversityUniversityCenterBuildinginBigRapidsMich.StackedstoneisGoldenSunquartzitefromDaltile.STONESECTION58TileLetterNovember2014 800.423.5243www.barwalt.comProvidingprofessionaltoolsforover35yearsWalterPytlewskiCEOOwnerBARWALTTOOLJackAbravanelOwnerContractorTILETECHNIQUESThatsgreatJackandIamthankfulforourloyalcustomerswhoknowthevalueofqualitytoolsHeyJackwhatareyouthankfulforthisyearWalterIhavelotstobethankfulforincludingthisturkeylegforinstance.FromallofusatBarwaltToolsHappyanksgiving StarContractorSuperiorTileStoneofOaklandCalif.agreed.Fromaunionperspectivemasonryveneerstoneismasonsworkhesaid.Inadditionlicensingstatutesmayprecludetilesettersfromset-tingmanufacturedstoneveneerConnersaid.Licenseparametersvaryfromstatetostateandoftenthelicensingboardisfocusingonthecompositionofthemate-rial.Sincemanufacturedstoneveneerisgenerallyconcretemanylicensingboardsconsiderthisthemasonsterritory.TilecontractorslikeSuperioraremorefocusedonthetile-likeunitbeinginstalledandHOWitisinstalledregardlessofcomposition.ElizabethandDanLambertofLambertTileStoneinEagleColo.anotherNTCAFiveStarContractorprefertoinvesttheirenergyintothetileportionoftheproject.WehavedonemaybeoneortwostoneveneerjobsinthepastfveyearsElizabethLambertsaid.SincethehomesinourmarketareaaresoAlongwiththeDaltilenaturalstackedstoneveneeratFerrisStateUniversityWelchTileStoneinstalled6x24oortilefromDaltileaswell.STONESECTION60TileLetterNovember2014 Copyright2014DuPont.Allrightsreserved.TheDuPontOvalLogoDuPontandDuPontStoneTechProfessionalaretrademarksorregisteredtrademarksofE.I.duPontdeNemoursandCompanyoritsaffiliates.KEEPINGYOURSTONETILEBEAUTIFULWITHDUPONTSTONETECHPROFESSIONALEnsurethebeautyofyourcustomersnaturalstoneandtilecountertopsoorswallsandotherinstallationsforgenerationstocome.WithacompletelineofproductstoprotectcleanandtransformstonesurfacesDuPontStoneTechProfessionaltechnologyfeaturesinnovativeeasy-to-usesolutionsdesignedtoprotectandpreservestoneandtileforeverydayliving.Protect.Clean.Transform.LearnmoreatStoneTechPro.comorcall877-786-6383 bigwefeelallourfocusshouldbeonthetileinstallation.Wedontfeelaneedtobranchouttostoneveneersastherearentenoughtileinstallerstokeepupwiththedemandinourarea.OccasionallyLambertwillinstallPetraSlatesnaturalstackedledge-stoneveneeronfreplacesandwainscotsin6x24formatsorveneerfromRobinsonBrick.Inadditiontosettingmaterialmanufacturerssupplyingproducttoinstallthesematerialstheyarekeepingtheireyesonthepossibleevolutionofthismarket.MostofthebusinessisstillservicedbythemasonrycontractorbutitisevolvingtopremiumsystemsandproductstoaddressfailureswithoriginalmethodsPistulkasaid.ThinbrickandveneerinstallsThisbeingsaidConnercom-mentedthathiscompanyhasdonetonsofthinbrickandcut-stoneveneerandevendevelopedapro-prietarymethodofinstallingtheseproductsthatreducedfailurestonothinghesaid.ThisLombardMethodreducesthethicknessofback-butteredmortarandmortaredsubstratesoitdoesntglazeoverinwarmweatherandthuslosebondandcreatesagging.Superiorinstalledthinbrickusingthismeth-odthroughouttheEmbarcaderoinSanFranciscoandalsoinmanythinstoneapplicationsinLasVegasprojects.Connersaidhiscompanyconsidersthinbrickstackedstoneandstoneveneerbondedtoasub-stratetobetilework.AtWelchTilewhenitiswithinthescopeoftheirworkthecompanyinstallsalotofstackedstonetypi-callyinteriorworksuchasveneersaroundafreplaceinuniversitiescasinosandsomebiggerresidentialjobsandcollegesWelchsaid.Itisinstalledusingatilesettingmethod.Westackthemupliketileandthin-settoabackerboardhesaid.SuperiorTileStoneinstalledtonsofthinbrickalongtheEmbarcaderoinSanFranciscousingtheproprietaryLombardmethodofinstallationaccordingtoCEOTommyConner.StackedstonecomesinvariousformsthisisfromCrossvillesnewYinYangNaturalStonelinewhichfeaturesmesh-mountedstackedstonethatinstallsupawallaseasilyastile.STONESECTION62TileLetterNovember2014 PatentPending nOctober2013theUniversityofToledocommis-sionedKesslerStudiosofLovelandOhiotocreateapairofmosaicsculpturesforthe1041-sq.-ft.atriuminStranahanHall-NorthintheCollegeofBusinessandInnovation.Thespaceisabistrosettingandsiteforsmalleventsandpresentationsandahigh-trafcwalk-thoughareaforbothstudentsandfacultyontheirwaytoclassesormeetings.ThemosiacstitledTheArrivalandSteppingStonesweredesignedbyCindyKesslerandfeaturetesseraecutfromstainedglasssheetsonstructuralformscreatedbyFin-PansProPanellightweightbackerboard.TheprojectwasfundedbyOhioPercentfortheArtProgramfortheUniversityofToledoandinstalledinJuly2014.ArtistryglassandlightweightbackersupportgracefulmosaicsculpturesatUniversityofToledoKesslerStudiosemploysFin-Panbackerboardasformfor3DmosaicpiecesByLesleyGoddinHANDMADETILEITheinstallationteaml.tor.CindyKesslerBobKesslerandGaryReckelhoff.66TileLetterNovember2014 www.emser.comCitadelCitadelhassubtleveiningandaminimalisticstonelook.OfferedinabroadrangeofsizesandcolorsCitadelisversatileandcanbeusedbothforcommercialorresidentialuseinareasofmodernortraditionalstyle.ColorsfromtopleftIvoryOliveGreyBottomBeigeBrownBlack TheArrivalat12x46x1representsthebeginningofastudentseducationaljourney.Gracefulredswishessignifylifeexperiencespriortocollegeopeningwidetosendstudentsembodiedbybluegreenformsforwardtoexperiencetherichnessthatliesintheircollegeadventure.SteppingStonesthecompanionpiecemeasures23x11x2.Itsymbolizestheuniversityexperi-enceasaneducationaljourneyleadingtoadesiredcareerandaccomplishedonestepatatime.Roundedredorangeformsstandforthemanyindividualsteppingstonesthatpavethewaytosuc-cess.Curvingbluegreenlinesofferanoverviewofthejourneylikeroadsonamapstartingattheleftasastudententerstheuniversityandopeningwideattherightasastudentgraduatesandgoesontoimpacttheworld.Theaquaticfeelandhintofconcentriccirclesevoketheideaofapebbleenteringstillwatershoweachgraduatingclassenrichessociety.Bothwereinstalled10-20feetintheaironsecondoorwallsinthelight-flledatriumusingascissorsliftforthethree-personcrew.ProPanelformslightweightsupportformuralKesslerStudiosfabricatedthemosaicssaidBobKessleroneofthestudioprincipals.InthepastthestudiousedlumbercoreaplywoodproductasaformforitsHANDMADETILESteppingStonesmosaicTheArrivalmosaicCindyKesslertransfersthedesigntoafull-scaledrawingthatwillserveasatemplateforthemosaic.68TileLetterNovember2014 USGTileFlooringSolutionsASHOWERSYSTEMTHATDELIVERSSERIOUSCONFIDENCE.TheUSGDurockBrandShowerSystemoerseverythingyouneedtocreateafullybondedwaterproofshowersystem.Theuniquecomponentsmakeinstallationeasywhileacustomshowertrayprogramallowsfornearlylimitlesscongurationsofshowershapessizesanddesigns.Allbackedbytheserviceandsupportthatgiveyoucondencethatyourperfectnishwillstaythatway.durockshowersystem.com organicmosaicstructuresbutthistimethestudioselectedFinPansProPanel.Wewantedalighter-weightproductbothforweightloadsonthewallandourowneaseofhandlingKesslersaid.LisaShafferpresidentofFin-PansaidProPanelwasperfectasalightweightandsturdybackingforthe3Dpieces.ProPanelisver-satileandstrongshesaid.Thiswaterproofboardcanbeusedinmanyapplications.Itsextremelyeasytocutyouneedonlyasharputilityknifeorjigsaw.Thefoam-basedboardcomesin12and14sizesandconformstoIRCrequirementsandfrestan-dardsforbuildingfoam.ItsratedthroughlightcommercialbutitsthefrsttimeitsbeenusedasaformformosaicsculptureSchaffersaid.SteppingStonesstepbystepKesslerStudioskesslerstudios.comcreatesitsartusingstainedglasscoloredglasssmaltistonemarbleandmetalbringingdimen-sionalitytextureandcreativitytoawiderangeofspacesfromresi-dentialtocommercialtoliturgicalsettings.FortheStranahanHallprojecttesseraewerehandcutfromsheetsofstainedglassthentumbledwashedanddriedandorganizedintostacksbycolor.InadditionCindyKesslerhand-madeanumberofceramictes-seraeandappliedmultiplelayersofglazetoachievetheexactcolorHANDMADETILECindyKesslercreatedsomehandmadetes-seraeofceramicandthenglazedtheminmultiplecoatstoachieveexactlytheshadeofredshedesiredtomixwiththestainedglassinthearmsofTheArrivalpiece.Glassisassembledontraystoperfectthecolorphasingthenthepaperpatternissetontoptoguidethefabricator.PatternspiecesarecopiedontoProPanelboardandcutoutwithlargeandsmallpowersawsandrazorknives.70TileLetterNovember2014 PartofthelargermosaicbeingttedwithglassatopProPanelboard.Theblackout-lineglassisalreadyinplace.Edgesaregluedandsandispouredontotheedge.Oncedryitispaintedblack.PolyblendgroutbyCustomBuildingProductsisappliedtothemosaicthenwipedofftoleaveabeautifuldenitiontoeachtessera.USGDUROCKBRANDSHOWERSYSTEMThissuperiorshowersystemcomeswithhigh-performancecomponentsdesignedtoworktogethertocontrolmoistureindependentlyofthetilecovering.Givingyouasolidbaseforashowerthatwilllastforyearstocome.PreformedCustomTraysDesignerProSeriesGratesProprietaryDrainGrateAssembliesBenchesNichesAllowsforBarrier-FreeDesignsTolearnmoreaboutthissystemandourcustomshowertrayprogramvisitdurockshowersystem.com.2014USGCorporationandoritsaliates.Allrightsreserved.USGTileFlooringSolutions ofredshewantedforthearmsofTheArrivalpiece.Thesetes-seraewereinterspersedwithopal-escentredglasstesserae.Cindytransferredthedesignbyhandtolargesheetsofpapertapedtothewallcreatingatem-plateforthepartsandpiecesofeachsculpture.ProPanelshapeswerecutusingaDeWaltjigsawandrazorknifeandtheedgessandedsmooth.Thepapershapeswerelaidoverareasofassembledtesseraetodeterminethedesiredgradationofcolor.ThentesseraewereadheredtotheformsusingWeldbondstart-ingattheedgesandworkingtowardsthecenter.Sometesseraewerehandgroundtomakesuretheytintothepatternsperfectly.Eachformwasoutlinedinthinblackglassamixtureofirides-centandnon-iridescentpieces.Gluewasappliedtotheedgesofthepanelsthensandwaspouredontotheedge.Whendrythesandwaspaintedblackforatex-turaleffectthatcreatescontinuitywiththeblacklinearoundtheshapes.AllshapesweregroutedwithunsandedPolyblendgroutbyCustomBuildingProductsbeforetransportingtothesite.ThecompletedsectionswereassembledonsitewithcarefuloverlapofmosaicmaterialstohelphideseamsBobKesslersaid.Wheneverpossiblenatu-raltransitionpointswereusedtobreakthedesignintomanageablesections.Onsitepieceswereadheredtothewallwithscrewsanddrywallanchorseachratedfor135lbstheentirelargesculptureonlyweighed122lbsthenscrewholeswerecoveredinmatch-ingPolyblendcaulk.InadditionsmallpiecesadheredwithonlyonescrewalsoweregluedtothewalltoensuretheydidnotrotateonthefastenerBobKesslersaid.Theresultisastunningcom-binationofglitteringglassspec-tacularcoloranduidformsthatgracethestudentsandfacultyattheUniversityofToledo.HANDMADETILETheArrivalmosaicisattachedtothewall.72TileLetterNovember2014 PREMIUMINFLOORHEATINGSYSTEMWWW.MASTERHEAT.COM1800938-7925MasterHeatinoorheatingsystemscombineeciencywithluxury.Availableinwirewirematsandinkitform.SimplylaywireormatcoverwithmortarandinstallooringTheEasytoInstallEconomicalUltra-LowEMFSolution FIVESTARCONTRACTORSPOTLIGHTNTCAFiveStarContractorFillingMarbleTileInc.FMThasbeeninvolvedwithNTCAformanyyears.FMTisasecond-generationfamily-ownedbusinessformerlyownedbyTomAdewithhiswifeRoseaspresident.TomandRosebothretiredin2009whenthecompanyleadershippassedtotheirdaughterPatRattiganandDennisWigglesworth.WhenTomstartedwiththecom-panyitwasaplasteringbusi-nesscalledEdwardA.Filling.Eventuallyittransitionedintoanenterprisethatfocusedoninteriorplasteringsheetrockandceramictileinstallation.Notlongafterthedecisionwasmadetoconcentratecompletelyonthetilesideofthebusiness.In1991thenamewasofciallychangedfromEdwardA.FillingtoFillingMarbleTileInc.FillingMarbleTileInc.wasoneoftherstcompaniestoownawaterjetstrivingtostayonthecuttingedgeofever-changingdemandsintheindustry.OvertheyearsFMTsfabricationshopgrewenablingthecompanytofabricatejustaboutanythinginadditiontocountertopsvanitiesorthresholdsofnaturalandmanmadestone.Graniteisthemost-often-requestedsponsoredbyFillingMarbleTileInc.EggHarborCityN.J.Since1928SpecialtyAllaspectsofresidentialinstallationfabricationcommercialrepairandrenovationcustomlogosintileandstoneEmployees12Websitellingmarbletileoutlet.comTomandRoseAdeformerheadofopera-tionsandpresidentatFillingMarbleTileInc.76TileLetterNovember2014 materialbutthecompanyhasalsofabricatedmarbletravertinequartziteandquartz.Theslabyardhasover300differentmaterialstochoosefromatpresentrang-ingfromsoftandsnowywhitestodaysmostpopularcolortothemostvividblues.In2009aftercreatingasuc-cessfultilemarbleandgranitecompanyTomandRoseretiredpassingthetorchorthetroweltoRattiganandWigglesworth.PresidentRattiganmanagestheday-to-dayoperationsincludingconsultingwithgeneralcontrac-torshomeownersandcustomersalongwithestimatingresidentialjobsandoverseeingestimatingofcommercialjobs.Wigglesworthrunscommercialjobsandover-seesproductionintheshopwhichincludesseveralfull-timeemploy-ees.HehasservedNTCAonitsboardofdirectors.FMTisaWBECertiedbusinessCustomBuildingProductsCompleteContact-LFTRapidSettingMortardeliversquick-curingsurfacepreparationforlarge-formattileandstone.Thepolymer-modiedow-ablemedium-beddry-setmortarisspecicallydesignedforoors.FormulatedwithControlledCureTechnologyTMtheproducthasarapid-curingformulathatallowsgroutinginaslittleastwohourslightfoottrafcinfour-to-sixhoursandcommercialtrafcin24-hours.Excellentforlarge-formattileandstonetheproductissuitedforthin-andmedium-bedapplicationsupto34eliminatingtheneedforback-buttering.Itoffersfullmortartransfertothebackofthetile.Unliketradi-tionalthinsetsCompleteContact-LFTRapidSettingMortarismoreuidyetholdsitsridgesandsupportsthedeepernotchtrowelsizesrequiredforlargertile.WhenCompleteContact-LFTisusedaspartofaqualifyingfullinstallationsystemofCUSTOMproductstheinstallationcanqualifyforuptoa15-yearsystemwarranty.Formoreinformationbrochuresandwarrantyinformationpleasevisitwww.custombuildingproducts.com.AllisonWigglesworthcurrentFillingpresi-dentPatRattiganandformerpresidentRoseAdeattheFillingMarbleTileRetailOutletaone-stopshopforresidentialcustomers.TileLetterNovember201477 WomensBusinessEnterprise.WBECerticationmeansthatthebusinessisatleast51ownedbyawomanorwomenfemaleown-ersfundandmanagethebusinessanddemonstratetheabilitytoper-formintheareaofspecialtyorexpertisewithouttherelianceoneitherthenancesorresourcesofanon-femaleownedrm.Rattiganisinvolvedineveryaspectofthebusiness.Inthelastfewyearsasaresultoftherecessionandsurround-ingstatesopeningcasinosAtlanticCitysworkloadhasdrasticallydeclined.FMTstilldoesquiteabitofrepairandsmall-scalerenova-tionworkinAtlanticCitybuttheglorydaysoftowerbuildinghavelongpassed.OncethistrendendedFillingMarbleTilereinventeditselfyetagain.FMTrevampeditsstructureintoapredominantlyresidentialcompanyandopenedtheFillingMarbleTileRetailOutletwhichRattigansandWigglesworthsdaughterAllisonmanages.Theout-letprovidesaresidentialone-stopshopwherecustomerscanselectooringcountertopsandback-splashmaterialsallatthesamelocation.FMThasbeenpartofNTCAforanumberofyears.TomAdewasawardedtheNTCARingofHonorin2006duringtheTotalSolutionsconferenceattheLasVegasHilton.Thoserecognizedforthishonorhavemadeoutstandingcontribu-tionstotheceramictilestoneandalliedproductsindustriesthrough-outtheirlonganddistinguishedcareer.AttendingTotalSolutionsPlusandCoveringsaidsthecompanysabilitytoprogressinthetileindus-try.TomandRoseremainactiveintheorganizationhavingmadeveryclosefriendsandmetseveralgreatpeoplethroughtheyears.FIVESTARCONTRACTORSPOTLIGHTDennisWigglesworthwhomanagescommercialbusinessandoverseespro-ductionintheshopPatRattiganwhohandlestheshopsday-to-dayoperationsandcommercialestimatingandDougMcClureshopforeman.FMTsslabyardhasover300differentmaterialstochoosefrom.78TileLetterNovember2014 0306MARCH2015SOPAULOTHEARCHITECTUREANDCONSTRUCTIONFASHIONWEEKEXPOREVESTIR.COM.BRPROMOTEDBYSUPPORTEDBYCO-LOCATEDEVENTSORGANIZATIONDESIGNPS.2PROMOTEDBYSUPPORTEDBYCO-LOCATEDEVENTSORANIZATIONDESIGNPS.2 TCNAHandbookHighlightsMethodF126Bondedsound-reductionmembranesSound-reductionmembraneshavebeenusedunderceramictileforyearsmostcommonlyinhighrisesandothermultifamilybuildingstominimizethetransmissionofsoundtounitsbelow.PassageofanANSIstandardforsound-reductionmembranesin2012ANSIA118.13establishedrequiredmem-braneperformanceandpavedthewayforaHandbookmethodF136tospec-ifyuseofthesemembranes.BelowareafewkeyrequirementsandnotationsincludedinHandbookMethodF136whichisfortileinstallationsoverabove-groundconcreteindryareasThesound-reductionmembranemustmeetA118.13whichcarriesamini-mumsoundtransmissionattenuationminimumlaboratoryIICratingof10whentestedperASTME2179.Dependingonthesystemcompo-nentschosenandactualconstruc-tionamembraneIICratinghigherthan10mayberequiredtomeetthesound-transmissionlimitationssetforthbysomelocalcodesandcondoapartmenthomeownerassociationrules.Acousticaljointsaremandatoryattheoorwallinterfaceandatanypenetrations.Signicantlygreatersound-reductioncanbeachievedbyspecifyingasus-pendedceilingbelowthetileinstal-lation.Differentsound-reductionmem-braneswillproducedifferentserviceratingsconsultthemembranemanu-facturertounderstandRobinsonFloorTestresultswiththespecicinstalla-tioncomponentsdesired.Severaldesigndetailsaffectsoundtransmissionincludingslabthick-nessanddensityceilingheightandassemblyandframingmembertypeandarrangementinadditiontotile-relatedinstallationvariables.Adesignprofessionalknowledgeableinthereductionofsoundtransmissionisrequiredtoensurethatthenecessarysystemcomponentsarespeciedtoachievethedesiredin-situresults.RefertotheSoundRatedFloorsGuidewhichisaseparateinfor-mationalsectionintheHandbookforadditionalgeneralinformationonsound-controlratingsystemslabandeldmethodsformeasuringsoundtransmissioninterpretationoftestresultsvariablesthataffectsoundtransmissionbuildingcoderequire-mentsandsuggestionsforimprovingthesound-reductionperformanceofaoorceilingassembly.80TileLetterNovember2014 25YearsofPioneeringInnovativeToolsEquipmentfortheU.S.TileStoneIndustry239-598-3737e-mailinfotile-eze.comFormoreinformationonthisandotherTileEzeproductsvisitusonlineatwww.tile-eze.comorcalltollfree1-800-476-3737TZ5000GroutCleanupMachineTheTZ5000isspeciallydesignedforcommercialandresidentialtilenaturalstoneandbrickinstallations.TheTZ5000cleansupto600squarefeetperhourinacomfortableuprightpositionTheTZ5000isourbest-sellinggroutcleanupmachinewithover2000unitssoldnation-wide.Whyareyoustrainingyourknees WhentheancientRustaqFortinOmanwasrecentlyrestoredtoitsoriginalconditionitcaughttheeyeofarchitectSaudalSarjiwhodesignsbuildingsforthegovernmentofOmaninthecapitalcityofMuscat.Alargewallmuralofthefamousforthefeltwouldmaketheperfectarchitecturalaccentforthegovernmentmilitaryandpublicfacilitiesthathedesigns.Asthesecond-oldesthistoricfortinOmantheRustaqFortisanimportantlandmarkforthisstableoil-richcountrythatishometoaU.S.navalbasestrategicallylocatedatthemouthofthePersianGulf.SaudalSarjiwantedthesemuralstobemadeofthehighest-qualitymostdurablematerialpos-sible.Heknewthattheforthadlastedcenturiesbecauseitwasmadeofstoneandthethoughtoccurredtohimwhynotmakethemuraloutoflong-lastingmarblestonethatevokedthesand-stonewallsofthefortitselfCreatingsuchanintricatemuraloutofstonewouldhavebeenanimpossibilityjust30yearsagobutwiththeadventofwaterjettechnologyinthe1980sbrittlematerialssuchasstoneandmarblecannowbecutintopiecesassmallas18withtheprecisionofalaser.YetSaudalSarjiknewthatchoosingtherightwaterjetcompanywouldmakeallthedifferenceashewantedthenishedproducttorepresentthebeautyandgrandeuroftheancientfortitself.IfoundoutthatCreativeEdgewascreatingluxuryoorsandmuralsforthewealthiestclientsintheworldandthatgavemecondencethattheywouldhavetheskillstoturnthephotographofthefortintoaworkofartsaidalSarji.Hecommissionedasinglemuralof7x10in38-thickmarblestonewiththeunderstandingthatitwouldbereproducedmanytimesforsub-sequentbuildings.PaintinginstoneBasicallywerepaintinginstonesaidHarriAaltoco-founderandheaddesigneratCreativeEdge.AsculptorandneartistAaltoturnedhistalenttowaterjetdesign25yearsago.Usingatattered3x5colorphotoofthefortashisonlyreferenceAaltorstdrewthefortonhisWauconcomputertabletusingastylus.Atthatpointthedrawinglookedlikeapaint-by-numberpiece.Thenhecoloredineachshapeusinghiscomputerpaletteof52marblesandlimestones.IhadtondnewcolorsofmarblethatmadethewallsofthefortlooklikeancientsandstonequarriedinthedesertsaidAalto.Thenaldesigninvolvedover50piecesand15stonesfromGreeceItalySpainandEgyptincludingThassosSaffrongoldSanLaurentIndusgoldEmperadorCreativeEdgeBostikgivelifetostonemuralADVERTORIALExpertwaterjetcuttingandrevolutionarygroutgiveseamlesslooktoOmanstonepaintingThenaldesigninvolvedover50piecesand15stonesfromGreeceItalySpainandEgyptincludingThassosSaffrongoldSanLaurentIndusgoldEmperadordarkGiallorealleandCafRosita.AseachpiecewascutbytheCreativeEdgewaterjetmachinetheassemblyteamnumbereditandplaceditfacedownonafull-sizemylarmapofthemuralmatchingtheshapeandnumberonthestonewiththeshapeandnumberonthesheet.Thesmallerpiecesofthestonepaint-ingwerepreas-sembledintotwo-footsections.82TileLetterNovember2014 ADVERTORIALdarkGiallorealleandCafRosita.Withthedesignapprovedtheproductionprocessbegan.WaterjetprecisionAaltosenthisdesigntotheAutoCADteamatCreativeEdgewhoconvertedittoacomputer-izedprogramandsentittooneofthe14waterjetmachinesinCreativeEdgesbusy125000-sq.ft.workshop.Aseachpiecewascutbythewaterjetmachinetheassemblyteamnumbereditandplaceditfacedownonafull-sizemylarmapofthemuralmatchingtheshapeandnumberonthestonewiththeshapeandnumberonthesheet.PreassemblyusingBostikDimensionRapidCureGroutAtthispointthesmallerpiecesofthestonepaintingwerepreassembledintotwo-footsec-tions.Anepoxy-basedmaterialwassprayedoverthebacktoholdthepiecestogether.Eachofthesebiggerpre-assembledsectionswasmarkedwithanewnumber.CreativeEdgework-ersthenappliedthegroutbetweeneachpieceinthelargerpreassemblysectionsusingBostiksDimensionRapidCuregrout.WestartedusingBostikgroutsonlythreeorfourmonthsagosaidAalto.Wefounditworksbeautifullyonstonesthathaveacrystallinestruc-turesuchasmarbleandpreciousstones.Withitsembeddedglassbeadslightisreectedtosuchadegreethatthegroutjointswhicharethintobeginwithbecomealmostinvisible.Thejointthenvisu-allybecomespartofthebrightpolishedstone.AaltohadknownthattheDimensionRapidCuregroutwasidealforworkingwithglasstilesinbothlargeformatandtinymosaicsasitgivesevenmorelifetothematerialcon-tinuallyenhancingthetileaslightsourcesmove.ButwehadnoideaitwouldworksowellwithsomeofthemostbeautifulstonematerialsnaturehastooffersaidAalto.Findingthatoutwasapleasantsurprisetosaytheleast.WhileCreativeEdgeisknownforitsprecisionworkleavingonlyatinygapbetweenthestonesAaltosaidEveniftheresasmallgapthisDimensionRapidCuregroutmakesitlooklikenogapatall.Itmadethestonelooklikeitwastotallyamalgamated.ShippingandinstallationThelaststepbeforeshippingthemuraltoOmanwastoassembleallofthesectionsontheoorasacompletedmural.Atthispointwedidanalquality-controlchecksaidAalto.TheinspectioncompletedtheCreativeEdgeteamshrink-wrappedeachpreas-sembledsectionandpackageditincardboard.Thesectionswerestackedverticallyinsturdyaluminummunitionscratesinsteadofbeinglaidattoprotectthemarblefrombreakage.ToassisttheinstallationteaminOmandraw-ingsanddiagramswereincludedinthecratecompletewiththefull-sizemapwitheachsectionnumbered.InstallationissimpleabitlikeassemblingapuzzlesaidAalto.AndofcourseCreativeEdgeisavailabletoassistthroughouttheinstallationprocess.CreativeEdgeincludedacontaineroftheBostikDimensionRapidCuregroutintheshippingcontainersotheinstallerinOmancouldusethesametransparentgrouttofusethesub-assembledpiecestogether.IthinkthecontractorwillbepleasedwiththeBostikgroutsaidAaltoBecauseitiseasytousejustbyfollowingtheinstructionsonthepack-ageanditseasytocleanoffthestoneleavingbehindonlyabeautifuleffect.OntopofthatAaltoconcludeditisextremelydurableandhasincrediblebondingstrength.Weareusingitinallourmuralworkandwillcontinuetodosointhefuture.CreativeEdgeincludedacontaineroftheBostikDimensionRapidCuregroutintheshippingcontainersotheinstallerinOmancouldusethesametransparentgrouttofusethesub-assembledpiecestogether.WestartedusingBostikgroutsonlythreeorfourmonthsagosaidAalto.Wefounditworksbeautifullyonstonesthathaveacrystallinestructuresuchasmarbleandpreciousstones.BostikDimensionRapidCureGrouthasembed-dedglassbeadsthatreectlightandrenderthegroutjointsnearlyinvisibleTileLetterNovember201483 NTCABENEFITSBOXOneoftheessentialbenetsofferedtoNTCAmembersiscomprehensiveinsuranceprod-uctsthroughSchechnerLifsonCorporationofSummitN.J.Memberscanreceivefreequotesonavarietyofinsuranceneeds.Thismembers-onlyagreementforpropertyandliabilityinsurancefeaturesmanybenetstoNTCAmemberrmsincludingworldwideliabilitycoverageselling-priceval-uationonsoldinventoryworkerscompensationcoverageforprop-ertyatjobsitesandemploymentpracticesliabilityharassmentdis-crimination.InadditionSchechnerLifsonCorporationSLChasnumerouslosscontrolandsafetyprogramsthatwillassistyouincontrollingyourcontractualobligations-sub-contractorrisktransferandholdharmlessagreements.SLCcanalsohelpwithtravelandaccidentcoverageandinternationalliabil-ityexposurecoverage.Itoffersratediscountsforgeneralliabilityandworkerscompensationandaconvenientpay-as-you-gopre-miumpaymentoptionforworkerscompensationagreatcashowmanagementtoolthateliminateslargedeposits.Newisacyberliabilityprogramgearedtowardssmallandmediumbusiness.MarcRosenkrantzSLCsliaisonforNTCAmemberssaidthisserviceprotectsagainstdatabreachesorifahandheldorlaptopisstolen.RosenkrantzoutlinesinsuranceservicesavailableforNTCAmem-bers1PropertyCasualtyInsuranceprogramcoveringworldwideliabilityforcontractorsequip-mentpropertyintransitandatjobsites.2WorkersCompensationpro-gramswithup-frontdiscountsandSafetyProgramsspecictotileandstoneinstallation.3EmploymentPracticeLiabilityfor1stpartyemployeesand3rdpartycustomersexposuresincludingHRassistanceandfreelegalguidancebyanation-allaborlawrm.4CyberLiabilitycoveragetopro-tectyouandyourcompanyintheeventofadatabreach.NTCAInsurancePrograms84TileLetterNovember2014 5LossControlandSafetyProgramsspecifctothetileindustry.6RiskTransferProgramtoassistintransferringliabilitytotheproperentity.7Pay-As-You-GooptionsforWorkersCompensationandGeneralLiabilitylinkedtopay-rollasagreatcashowmecha-nism.8AdditionaldiscountsareavailabletoNTCAFiveStarContractorbusinesses.Wehavebeenapartnerfor12yearsandcontinuetopromotesafetyintheshopandworkplaceRosenkrantzsaid.Safetystartsatthetopandownersmustleadbyexample.Asafeshopdoesnthap-penbyaccident.FormoreinformationcontactJimOlsonassistantexecutivedirectorat601-939-2071jimtile-assn.comorMarcRosenkrantzSchechnerLifsonCorporationat1-800-279-9360ormarcrslcinsure.comforafreequoteortodiscussyourinsuranceneeds.Thisoneservicealonecouldliterallysaveyouthousandsofdol-lars.SLCiseagertoworkwithyoutowardsmeetingyourinsuranceneedsthroughprogramsthatarespecifcallytailoredtoyourcom-panyandthetileindustry.EarnMoreJobsEarnMoreMoneyandAvoidProblemsGetYourInstallersITSVerifiedTheTileInstallerThin-SetStandardsITSVerificationCertificateisawardedbytheUniversityofCeramicTileandStoneUofCTSandendorsedbytileandfloorcoveringassociationsinNorthAmerica.Tileinstallerswhosuccessfullycompletethis4-houronlinecoursethatteachesindustrystandardsandmethodsforadheredthin-setapplicationswillearntheITSCertificate.TheITSCertificatewillgiveyoucredibilitywithyourcustomersandwillenableyoutoearnmorejobsmakemoremoneyandavoidcostlyfailures.Coursematerialteachesindustrystandardsforthin-setinstallationapplicationsincludinghowtoinspectandpreparesubstratesthin-setmethodsandworkmanshiprequirements.TheITSonlinecourseisavailableinEnglishandinSpanish.AdditionalonlinetileandstonecoursesareavailablefromourwebsiteUnderstandingtheBasicsofCeramicTileandUnderstandingtheBasicsofNaturalStoneUofCTSstrainingcoursesareidealforinstallersarchitectssalespeopledesignersoranyoneinterestedintileandstone.infoUofCTS.orgwww.UofCTS.org866669-1550Only150pertuition247InternetAccessNoTravelExpensesNoLostProductivityCertificateIssuedVolumediscountsavailable.MembershipdiscountsavailablethroughCTDATTMACandWFCA.86TileLetterNovember2014 NothingtoThrowAwayNOWASTE.CapsDesignedtoLastInstallersCareer.StainlessSteelStrapWillNotBreakabovetheinstalledsurface.RubberAccessaryprotectsandholdsinstalledmaterialinalignedposion.ThinTile-Porcelain-OsetUngauged-SlabYouPickDesiredPlateandPerformance.SuperiorClampingAbility.MostValuableBestPerformingandMoreAordablethanyoumaythink.ForuseonWallsFloorsCeilingsandCounterTopswithmosthardsurfacematerials.www.mltsystem.comQualiesforLacreteCustomTECandMapeiWarranteesSendusYOURphotosandcommentsforachancetobefeaturedinTileLeer.Tel.319-610-3038Fax319-524-1638INFOmltsystem.comLevelingsystemsareallabouteciencyinachievingaatlippagefreeinstall.Withitsremovablecapsforjointcleanupre-usablestrapsandmulplefootoponsfordierentmaterialsMLTstandsoutasthemostecientandreliablesystem.Itwillbeseenonmyjobsitesforyearstocome.-JohnMezzanoeMezzanoeConstruconIncPrinceRupertBCCanadaPhone250-600-1258 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INDUSTRYNEWShasofferedmanycogentanswerstothis.Forexampletheyhavealreadyprovideduswithanexcel-lentuserguideindicatingpre-ciselyhowtoinstallourproductswiththeiradhesivesandgrouts.Itsimportanttousduetothescopeofhigh-endproductsweofferthemarketplacethatthesearealwaysinstalledcorrectly.WithBostikacompanyknownforcutting-edgetechnologyandgreathands-oneducationalassistanceissuessuchasonepartyblamingtheotherrelativetoinstallationconcernsarenowpracticallyeliminated.Withitsinternationalhead-quartersinSydneyAustraliaandAmericanfacilitiesinSanCarlosCalif.andDallasTex.Maniscalcobrandishesacompanycatch-phraseproclaimingManiscalco.AustralianforMosaics.PresidentRobManiscalcoaddedNotonlyhasourorganizationcontinuallygrownherethereseemstobearealinterestintheAussiewayofdoingbusiness.Thisbasicallycomesdowntobeingtotallyhon-estwithcustomersworkingashardaswepossiblycanexercis-ingstronglisteningskillsandhavingonehelluvalotoffunindoingallofthatWithoutques-tionweareexcitedaboutwork-ingtogetherwithBostikandlookforwardtosomeamazingfuturesynergieswhentheKangarooourSOLUTIONSWITHMETALTRIMSSOLUTIONSWITHMETALTRIMSCarpetTrimsReducersCustomTrimsKnowledge.Experience.Service.Knowledge.Experience.Service.CeramicToolCompanyCeramicToolCompanywww.ceramictool.com1-800-236-523090TileLetterNovember2014 MREFRMOREFREETIMEREFREEARDEXX7RTMRapidSetFlexibleTileandStoneMortarSofastyoumayneedtopickupanewhobbyortwoInteriorexterioroorsandwallsSuitableforwetareasshowersandswimmingpoolsVeryeasytouseandapplyVerygoodsagresistance888-512-7339www.ardexamericas.comGetaFREElimitededitionARDEXTileStoneInstallationSystemsknittedcapforeverytwo40lb.bagsofARDEXX7Rpurchased.October15December312014orwhilesupplieslastISOCLASSIFICATION13007ERapidsettinggroutorwalkoninjust2HOURS INDUSTRYNEWScompanyshomecountryssym-bolandtheGeckowhichnowappearsonallBostikbrandingcollaborateAccordingtoJamesAllredBostiksConsumerConstructionBusinessUnitTerritorysalesman-agerRobManiscalcoandhisteamareoutstandingbusinesspartnersforBostik.Theyexudepositivismandarejustfuntobearound.Besidesthattheyaregreatfriendswhoaddafreshper-spectivetothewaywedobusi-ness.WearesuperexcitedaboutthepartnershipathandandaregratefulthatManiscalcopickedBostiktohelptheircustomersandtheindustryasawholetoimproveglasstileandmosaicinstallationpractices.WarmlyYoursreceivesBestOfHouzz2014AwardWarmlyYoursRadiantHeatinghasbeenawardedBestOfHouzzforCustomerSatisfactionbyHouzztheleadingplatformforhomeremodelinganddesign.WarmlyYourswaschosenbythemorethan16millionmonthlyusersthatcomprisetheHouzzcommunity.TheBestOfHouzz2014badgeonWarmlyYoursprofledemonstratestotheHouzzcom-munityitscommitmenttoexcel-lenceandhelpshomeownersidentifypopularandtop-ratedhomeprofessionalsineverymetroareaonHouzz.LisaHausmanvicepresi-dentofcommunityforHouzzsaidWeredelightedtorec-ognizeWarmlyYoursamongourBestOfprofessionalsforcus-tomersatisfactionasjudgedbyourcommunityofhomeownersanddesignenthusiastswhoareactivelyremodelinganddecorat-ingtheirhomes.92TileLetterNovember2014 EvenMotherNatureCantStopCracksNACMembraneSystemsareGuaranteedFractureFreeMotherNaturecouldlearnsomethingfromNAC.Oursurfaceprotectionsystemsforcrackisolationwaterproofingsoundandmoisturecontrolprotecttilestoneandwoodflooringfromlateralsubstratemovementupto38aremoldmildewresistantandexceedANSIA118.10andA118.12...makingthemthehighestperforminglongestlastingmostreliableonthemarket.NACPRODUCTSFloorProtectionSystemsFromTheGroundUp800.633.4NAC6422NACproducts.com INDUSTRYNEWSFormoreinformationfollowWarmlyYoursonHouzzatwww.houzz.comwarmlyyours.ArizonaTilemovesVanNuyslocationtoSunValleyArizonaTilealeadingimporteranddistributorofporcelainnaturalstoneglassandSamsungRadianzQuartzopeneditsnewSunValleylocationat11308PenroseStreetrecently.Thisnewfacilityallowscon-sumerstheeaseandaccessibilityofcontemporary-designtileshow-roomandtileorderdeskslabshowroomandslaborderdeskallunderoneroof.TheSunValleylocationofferseasyaccesstoandfromthe5freewayandplacesArizonaTileintheheartofthenaturalstoneslabandtiledistrictnorthofLosAngeles.ArizonaTileslabandtileshow-roomsareopentothepublicandprovideprofessionally-traineddesignconsultantswhoareknowl-edgeableindesigntrendsprod-uctsandproperproductusageinordertoofferthebestassistancetoretailcustomersandqualitysup-porttoourtradecustomers.Formoreinformationvisitwww.arizonatile.comordownloadtheArizonaTileappfortabletsfromtheAppStoreorGooglePlay.CUSTOMlaunchesblogonitswebsiteCustomBuildingProductshaslaunchedabloghostedontheCUSTOMwebsitedesignedtohelpcontractorsdistributorsandarchitectstobemoresuccessfulwhenitcomestotileandstoneinstallation.ItofferstipsandcounselfromCUSTOMsteamoftechnicalpro-fessionalsaswellasprovidingaccesstothecompanysnewslet-tercontentCustomInsights.Blogvisitorscanalsoviewtechnicalbulletinswhitepapersvideosandtipstricksandeducationalpieces.Articlescanbesortedinnumerouswayssuchasbypro-fessiontypecontractordistribu-tororarchitectandbyahostoftagsonpopulartopics.VisitorscansubscribetotheCustomInsightsemailnewsletterortoan94TileLetterNovember2014 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NEWPRODUCTSRSSfeedforblogarticles.ArticlesmayalsobesharedthroughasimpletoolthatintegrateswithFacebookTwitteroravarietyofothersocialmediaplatforms.Alinktotheblogcanbefoundatwww.custombuildingproducts.comnews.InternationalStoneworkslaunchesstonecareappInternationalStoneworkshaslaunchedanewappthatfocusesonprovidinguserswiththebestcareandmaintenancemethodsfornaturalstonetileandgrout.TheInternationalStoneworksAppwhichisdevelopedfortheWindowsplatformprovidesuser-friendlynavigationdesignedtoeducateusersandgivethepropermethodstocleanpolishandsealstoneandtilesurfaces.Theappisstructuredwithafreshlookandeasy-to-usefeaturessuchasstonetileandgroutmaintenancetipsbestsellingproductsstrik-ingbeforeandafterphotosandanextensiveFAQsectionwhichaddressesthemostcommonlyaskedquestions.UserswillalsobeabletoviewaliveFacebookfeedanotherresourcethatisdesignedtohelpanswercustomersstonerestora-tionandmaintenancequestions.TheInternationalStoneworksAppcanbeaccessedusingWindowsPCtabletsandWindowsphone.Visitwww.intlstoneworks.comformoreinformation.NEWPRODUCTSCustomBuildingProductshasintroducedacomprehensiveindustrialgradetileinstallationsys-temforcommercialkitchensandfoodprocessingfacilities.Thecol-lectionofhigh-performanceprod-uctsaddressesaggressiveclean-ingchemicalandheatconditionstomaximizethelifespanofnewinstallationsandspeedintheinstal-lationofnewtileinretrotproj-ects.ProductsincludeCUSTOMsRedGardWaterproofingandCrackPreventionMembraneforsuboorprepCUSTOMsEBM-LiteEpoxyMortara100solidsepoxythatischemicalandimpactresistantmakingitidealforcom-mercialkitchensCUSTOMsPro-LiteRapidSettingLargeFormatTileStoneMortaramediumbedmortarthatinstallsquicklytoallowgroutinginaboutthreehoursforfast-trackcommercialinstallationsandCUSTOMsCEG-IGIndustrialGradeCommercialEpoxyGrouta100solidswater-cleanableepoxygroutthatincorporateshighchemicalstainandtemperatureresistancealongwithfast-curingeasyinstallation.www.custom-96TileLetterNovember2014 NEWPRODUCTSbuildingproducts.comAmericanOleanexpandsitsnat-uralstoneofferingwithAscendStoneinspiredbytheemergingtrendsintodaysresidentialandcommercialdesigns.Longlinearplanksneutralslikewhiteandgrayandacomprehensivesizepack-ageallpunctuatetheoffering.TheAscendcollectionincludestwomarblesbothofferedinhonedandpolishednishesaswellastwolimestonesbothavailableinahonednish.Allfourstonesfea-turebeautifuldirectionalveining.Sizesincludea12x12alongwiththreeon-trendlinearformatsincluding12x246x36and8x36.Acomplementing3x8walltilesizeandacontempo-rarypencilrailandchairrailarealsoavailable.Severalexquisiteanduniquemosaicsroundoutthecollectioninshapessuchastex-turedhexagonsmodernstackedstonesleavesandchevronpat-terns.www.americanolean.com.CrossvilleInc.introducesYinYangacollectionofnaturalstonetileinspiredbytheallureandbalanceofEasternart.Thelinecomesinarangeofversatilelookscarefullyblendedtomaximizethebeautyoftruestonewhileprovidingharmonyandelegancetodesign.Attheheartofthecol-lectionisthebeautifulsynergyofopposingelementscontrastingcolorsarangeofsizesshapesanddecorativetouchestocreateon-trendlooksthataretimelessandclassic.Thecollectioncomesineightstoneshadesin.5x.5mosaic5x15stackedmosaicelongatedhex1.5x7.75brick3x12plankandlinearmosaicwhichfacilitatecustompatterns.98TileLetterNovember2014 Naturalandpolishednishesareavailabletoenhanceinteriorandexteriorwallsandinterioroorsforcommercialandresidentialsettings.www.crossvilleinc.comImagineTileandhomeandlife-stylebrandArtofBoardhavelaunchedtheirsecondcollectionofporcelainskate-inspiredtiles.The12x24collectionofrecti-edporcelainoortilefollowsthesuccessofImagines3x6walltilecollectionwhichwasreleasedlastyearinastandardglossnishandhassincebeeninstalledinresidentialcommer-cialandhospitalityvenuesacrossthecountry.ThenewArtofBoardFloorCollectionisinspiredbythepersonalitycreativityfreedomandexpressionofurbanskatecultureandsustainabledesign.The12differentpatternsfeaturehigh-resolutionimageryofusedandrecycledskateboarddeckscollectedthroughArtofBoardsIRideIRecycleprogram.Madewithpre-consumerrecycledmate-rialsthecollectioncontainsnoVOCsandiscommerciallyratedforindoororoutdooruse.Inaddi-tionthetilesareengineeredtobeextremelyresistanttowaterstrongchemicalsandfading.ArtofBoardgivesbacktovariousskateandsurfrelatedcharities.www.imaginetile.comSICISintroducesSiciStonethelatestcollectionofpreciousmar-bleandonyxpanelsthatfeatureartisticmosaicinsertsinglassorpreciousmetalslikegoldandplati-num.Marbleandstoneslabsarewaterjet-cutintopatternoutlinesintowhichhand-cuttesseraeishandplacedinItaly.Thisluxuri-oustreatmentwasanancientsignofnancialandhighsocialrankupdatedthroughmodern-daytech-nologybySICIS.www.sicis.comNEWPRODUCTS100TileLetterNovember2014 SPANISHCERAMICTILEDISTINCTIVELYUNIQUEWithsomanyceramictileoptionsavailableitcanbehardtondtheonethattrulyspeakstoyourdesign...untilnow.WelcometotheworldofSpanishCeramicTile.Yoursourceforproductsasuniqueasyouare.Visitourwebsiteforboundlessinspirationpersonalizationandsustainablesolutions.www.tileofspainusa.com 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