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NationalTileContractorsAssociationwww.tileletter.comDecember2014ontHecoVerdalilDaltilesStoneMosaicsaccentsandtilearecreatingawonderfullifeforblogger2014AlandmarkyearfortheNationalTileContractorsAssociationcvigsPviwCallforentriesforCIDAwardscsai2014 ThegroutworldischangingandPhotosDavidFederoffTakinggrouttothenextlevelofperformanceforindooroutdoorcommercialandresidentialinstallations.UnsurpassedStainResistanceEasytoSpreadandCleanUltimateColorConsistencyAvailableatTheHomeDepotandtiledistributorsnationwide. FusionProischangingit.custombuildingproducts.com800-272-8786WEKNOWGROUT.COUNTONCUSTOM. newsyouneedtoknowDedicatedtoeducationandindustryserviceFeatureStory30Inthisissue...182014alandmarkyearfortheNationalTileContractorsAssociationByBartBettiga38CoveringsPreviewCallforentriesfor2015CoveringsInstallationDesignAwardsByLesleyGoddin50QualiedLaborCTEFSchluterconductrstopen-shopACTtesting60CaseStudyARDEXTileStoneInstallationSystemsrenovateoodedhome702014CersaieReview84SalsTilebecomes1000thNTCAMemberByLesleyGoddinfeaturestoryDaltileLittleblackdressofstonetilebringsclassiclooktoanewbathDaltilesStoneMosaicsaccentsandtilearecreatingawonderfullifeforbloggertileletter.comONLINENOW84645244December20142TileLetterDecember2014 MAPEIFlexcolorCQReady-to-usegroutwithcolor-coatedquartzNosealingrequiredexcellentchemicalandstainresistanceSuperiorcoloruniformityandnocrackingCanbeappliedandcleaned3timesfasterthancementgroutInteriorexteriorandshowerinstallationsUsestraightfromthepailnomixingneededScanformoreinformationonMAPEIFlexcolorCQ. 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.comDepartments8Welcomenewmembers12NTCATileStoneWorkshops14Editorsletter16Presidentsletter22AsktheExpertsSponsoredbyLATICRETEInternationalInc.26BusinessTipLookemintheeyeByWallyAdamchikpresidentFireStarterSpeakingandConsultingSponsoredbyMAPEICorporation42TechTalkColdweathertilingByLesleyGoddinandtheNTCAReferenceManualSponsoredbyTECH.B.FullerConstructionProducts80FiveStarContractorSpotlightYoungstownTileandTerrazzoInc.SponsoredbyCustomBuildingProducts86NTCABenetsBox88NTCANews100FacesintheNews100IndustryNews106NewProducts111AdvertisersIndexTheNationalTileContractorsAssociationInc.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.4TileLetterDecember2014 MAPEIsShowerPerfectInstallationSystemsCompletesingle-sourceshowerpaninstallationsystemPatent-pending100-structural-foampre-slopedpancomponentsLightweighteasytocuthandleandinstallDesignedtobeinstalledinstandardshowersfrom26to32x36to6166to81cmx91to155cmInnovativepatentedPVClineardrainassemblyDrainextendersaccommodatethewall-to-walllineardrain.ScanheretolearnmoreaboutShowerPerfectInstallationSystemsorvisitwww.mapei.com.Perfectionisntalwayseasy...untilnow.New TwosystemoptionsWithMapelasticAquaDefenseliquidmembranewaterproongorMapelasticWSMwaterproongsheetmembrane ThesemembersrecentlyjoinedNTCAPleasetaketheopportunitytowelcomethoseinyourregiontotheNTCAfamilyWELCOMENEWMEMBERSCONTRACTORMEMBERSAciernoCompanyCherylAcierno303-839-1448DenverCOcherylacierno-boyer.comAlexandersCarpetOneFloorHomeDorisGarza361-991-8383CorpusChristiTXdorisalexanderscarpetone.comAntonesInc.AnthonyCostantino610-798-9218AllentownPAantonesinchotmail.comB.E.S.TileBryanSpurlock409-659-7573SilsbeeTXbeauxspurlockgmail.comBFCLtd.BernadetteBaumgardner609-645-2806EggHarborTownshipNJbbaumgardnerbfc-ltd.comBonitzHaroldChapman864-288-3771GreenvilleSCharoldchapmanbonitz.comCenturyFloorSpaceTrentSchutte616-988-4524GrandRapidsMItrentcentury-gr.comCeramicTilePlusJamesDoran808-871-8674KahuluiHIjrdoranceramictileplus.comCFSInteriorsFlooringMikeMarden651-256-0210EaganMNmmardencs-foors.comCISelectEllenZucker314-909-1990St.LouisMOezuckerciselect.comCodyFlooringTileInc.StevenBarrow303-271-1071GoldenCOstevebcodyfooring.comCommercialCarpetConsultantsJerryWatson847-456-1530ElmhurstILjwatsoncommcpt.comCommercialFlooringofToledoMikeRajner419-720-6337PerrysburgOHmikecf-toledo.comCornerstoneCommercialFlooringShellyJones225-270-0749BatonRougeLAshellycornerstonefooring.netCustomTileofAustinStevenSmith512-440-1970AustinTXcustomtileofaustinyahoo.comDarmosTileLLCRonaldDarmos850-533-2063DestinFLrondarmos2242gmail.comDavidsFlooringInternationalLLCLeonardZmnewsky630-215-5069ItascaILleonardzmrdavids.comDynamicCommercialFlooringSystemsInc.JohnChapman916-830-1030NorthHighlandsCAjohn.chapmandcfsinc.com8TileLetterDecember2014 FloorCareInteriorKellyKladzinski409-755-4797LumbertonTXk.kladzinskiyahoo.comFloorcoveringConsultantsGroupGeneRoyer760-200-4078RenoNVgener4fcg.comGreatFloorsWillOsborne509-921-6500CoeurDAleneIDw.osbornegreatoors.comHinesTileInc.DonnieHines601-832-5105RidgelandMShinestileincnetscape.netIntertechCommercialFlooringPaulAmarah512-385-4574AustinTXpamarolintertechflooring.comJohnsonFloorCompanyJeffJohnson708-354-5510CountrysideILjeffjohnsonoor.comLanesFloorCoveringsInteriorsInc.UmbertoAponte212-532-5200NewYorkNYumberto.apontelanes-carpets.comM.FrankHigginsCo.Inc.StephenCloud860-953-6826NewingtonCTscloudmfhiggins.comMarzTileCompanyMichaelRodriguez210-654-7512SanAntonioTXMichaelmarztilecompany.comMasterCraftCarpetServiceDanUlg313-387-7000RedfordMIdan.ulgmastercraftcarpets.comMichaelHeathConstructionMichaelHeath484-951-4995NewTripoliPAmheath61live.comOwenM.BasianInc.RobertCantone610-798-9910AllentownPArcantonebastians.orgPaulG.WhiteTileCo.Inc.PaulWhite207-797-4657PortlandMEpaulcwhitepaulgwhite.usProdigyFlooringRodneyWilliams813-971-8300TampaFLRodneyprodigyooring.comReSourceColoradoJohnStaneld303-756-7100DenverCOjstanseldresourcecolorado.comRDWeisCompaniesRandallWeis914-937-9337ElmsfordNYrdweisrdweis.com1000thMemberSalsTileInc.SalvadorRodriguez361-853-0079CorpusChristiTXsalstilesbcglobal.netSergeniansFloorCoveringsInc.DickEddy608-663-2528MadisonWIdickesergenians.comSliwinskiFloorCoveringServicesJackSliwinski215-364-9661HuntingdonValleyPAjacksliwinskioorcovering.comSta-CleanTileServicesAnthonyGaston713-301-1632ChannelviewTXstacleantileservicesyahoo.comTileLetterDecember20149 StarLumberSupplyChadMohr316-641-0030WichitaKScmohrstarlumber.comStevenRobinsonTileStoneStevenRobinson206-214-7099AustinTXstevenprobinsongmail.comSuperiorFloorsUnlimitedRaymondSmith361-643-8475PortlandTXsuperiorcar807aol.comTexasBestTileInstallationLLCLamarDeLosSantos210-542-3044SanAntonioTXhldelossantosaol.comUniversalMetroDaveTriepke562-906-8484SantaFeSpringsCAdtriepkeuniversalmetro.comVectorConceptsTimWatkins972-399-1303IrvingTXtimvectorconcepts.comWall2WallFlooringWilliamBohrer208-860-3361BoiseIDabohrerwall2wallfooring.comWCCarpenterKatherineHamilton757-460-1101VirginiaBeachVAlisawccarpenter.comWholesaleFloorsBradBergen480-248-7878PhoenixAZbradwholesalefoors.comForinformationaboutjoiningNTCAvisitthewebsiteatwww.tile-assn.comcontactJimOlsonat601-939-2071oremailhimatjimtile-assn.com.WELCOMENEWMEMBERS10TileLetterDecember2014 ELECTRICFLOORWARMINGSYSTEMOverthelast40yearsweveperfectedthemanufacturingofsafedependableandhigh-qualityfloorwarmingsystems.Itsastandardwesetforourselves.Andanameyoucantrust.ChooseconfidencevisitWarmTiles.com.DFTCABLESFlexiblefloorplansolutionSELF-ADHESIVEMATSPre-cabledeasytoinstallWARMTILESELITEUltra-thinlowprofilemat NTCATileStoneWorkshopspresentedbyGeraldSloanMichaelWhistlerCoronaBellotaDaltileCoveringsMLTCrestTECMerkreteCustomBuildingProductsJamesHardieMAPEITuscanLevelingSystemLATICRETENationalGypsumSchluterUSGSouthernGroutsMortarsNorthAmericanAdhesivesProexRubiToolsCompotiteNobleCo.VanHearronPearlAbrasivesEuropeanTileMastersBottiniEnterprisesArdexBostikMiracleDeWaltDupontUniversityofCeramicTileStonePliteqWediIronrockMetropolitanGPCBOEAlphaToolsQEPSunTouchCoverguardRTCProductsSouthernCrossHusqvarnaOceanside.ArecordcrowdturnedoutattheBigEasyworkshopinNewOrleansbackonMay21.NTCAmemberLTChongwithTCTileinPointTexaswasonhandtoassistatthePlanoTexasworkshoponOctober9.WenishoutourNTCATileStoneWorkshopsectionwithafewshotsfromtheroadthisyear.NTCApresentersGeraldSloanandMichaelWhistlerbroughttheNTCATileStoneWorkshopstocontractorsdis-tributorssalespeopleandmembersoftheADcommunityat70DaltilelocationsthisyearaswellasMicroMillinginTrinidadTobagoandGlenDistributinginGrandJunctionColo.Theworkshopprogramwouldnthavebeenpossiblewithoutthemanysponsorswhofundedtheirbeliefineducationforthebettermentofthisindustry.Theyinclude2014NTCATileStoneWorkshopsIn2015NTCAwilloffer91totalworkshopshostedbyDaltileandindependentdistributors.FormoreinformationcontactJimOlsonjimtile-assn.comor601-939-2071.12TileLetterDecember2014 OnOctober21attendeesgatheredinAustinTexastolearnaboutindustryissuesandnewproducts.ADprofessionalsgatheratlocalrestaurantCentroinDesMoinesforaspecialwork-shoptargeteddirectlytotheneedsofarchi-tectsandspeciersoftileandstone.Workshopattendeesgottolearnaboutthenewestproductsonthemarketdesignedforworkingwithnewlarge-formatthinporcelaintile.OnAugust12contractorsockedtotheSacramentoDaltiletonetworkandlearn.AnswerthequestionandwinaprizeoftoolsoraccessoriesHereinBatonRougeLa.MichaelWhistlerteststhecrowdtoseewhattheyvelearnedfromtheworkshop.TileLetterDecember201413 Anotheryearhascomeandgone.Ihopeitwasagoodyearforyou.ItsmarkedsomerealmilestonesforbothNTCAandCTEFNTCAcelebratedits1000thmemberinOctoberseerelatedstoryinthisissueandCTEFhascertifedits1000thCertifedTileInstallerthisyear.Thosearegreataccomplishmentsespeciallywiththepallhangingovertheeconomyonlyafewyearsagoandthecontinuedneedforanincreasinglaborpool.Amidstthesegreataccomplishmentstherewillalwaysbesomethingthatcanbedonebetter-anddedicatedmembersofourindustryareworkingtomakesurethosethingsareimproved.OneofthesekeyindividualsisDanWelchofWelchTileMarbleKentCityMich.whofnishesupthisyearasNTCApresi-dent.Danhasbeenextremelypassion-ateandhardworkingduringhistenureofleadingthisassociationandIdliketoexpressthanksonbehalfofourstaffandindustryforhistirelesseffortstomakethisindustrybetterforeveryoneinit.HellcontinueastheNTCAchairmanoftheboardasJamesWoelfelofArtcraftMarbleTileCo.takesthereinsinJanuarywelcomeJames.Jamespas-sionknowsnoequalsogetreadyforanotherinspiringtwo-yearridewithJamesaspresident.Asweenter2015IwanttodrawyourattentiontotheCoveringsInstallationDesignAwardscallforentriesvisithttpwww.coverings.compage.cfmLink18tmgoSection5_17orhttptinyurl.comn7wa7fsfordetails.Iknowthereisanabundanceofstun-ningmind-blowingprojectsouttherebesuretoenteryoursbyJanuary202015.Theresarelatedstoryinthisissuethatpreviewsthenewindustry-wideeventplannedfortheawardsprogramatCoveringsthisyearaliveshowcaseofproductscombinedwithannouncementsandacocktailrecep-tionalongwithcoverageinTileLetterandContemporaryStoneTileDesign.Thisisagreatopportunitytogetexpo-sureforyourcompanyanditsexpertiseandartistrylocallyandnationwiderecognitionforyourexcellence.FinallyIwanttowishyouhappyholy-dayswhateverthatmeanstoyouyourfriendsandfamily.Thisisatimeofyeartocountblessingsandfriendscolleaguesandco-workersinthisindustryarenumberedamongmine.Mayyourcelebrationsbebrightwarmhappyandhealthyandmayyournewyearbeprosperous.GodblessLesleylesleytile-assn.comEDITORSLETTERLesleyA.GoddinItisnottheendoftheyearitisthebeginningofthenextchapter.WillyournextchapterbearewritearevisionorarevampJaimeVandergrift14TileLetterDecember2014 MK-212ProfessionalTileandStoneSawsMADEINUSATheMK-212seriesofferstheMK-212-4witha10bladecapacitylengthofcut30diagonalcut24anddepthofcut2.TheMK-212-6hasa12bladecapacitylengthofcut72diagonalcut42anddepthofcut3.Bothbladeguardsaccommodatea10profilewheel.TheMK-212isportableandlightweightandbuiltwithprecisionandaccuracy.Phone1.800.421.5830mkdiamond.com1BrandMadeinAmericaRoller-bearingcarriagerunsonastainlesssteelrailPlungecutcapabilityforscoringorcuttinglargetile2HP120VDirectDriveMotorisfullyenclosedTiltingHeadallowseasyandprecise22and45mitercutsOptionalSideTableprovidessupportforlargertilesandstoneOptionalwheelsmakestransportationeasy The2014TotalSolutionsPluscon-ferencewaslledwithexcitementandhopeasweconcludedanothergreatevent.ThisconferenceheldinSanAntonioTexaswasanoverwhelm-ingsuccessandIwashappytoseeyouallthere.TheNTCAAnnualMeetingandelectionofofcerswasalsohelddur-ingtheshow.ThiswasbittersweetformeasIendmytermasyourpresidentandcontinueaschairmanoftheboardin2015.TheNationalTileContractorsAssociationisingoodhandsandIcantbeprouderofJamesWoelfelofArtcraftGraniteMarbleTileCo.inMesaArizonaasyournextpresi-dentJamesandhisfamilyarehighlyrespectedandhavebeeninvolvedinthetileindustryforthreegenerations.IlookforwardtoJamesleadingourassociationoverthenexttwoyears.OneofthedutiesIenjoyedmostasyourpresidentwastheabilitytoorga-nizemythoughtsontile-relatedissuesinthePresidentsLettereachmonth.Asyoumayhaveconcludedthetilesetterisnearanddeartomyheartyouarethebackboneofthetileindustryanddeserverecognitionforyourhardworkandknowledge.Anotherpassionistrainingandedu-cationandIplantostayinvolvedwiththeTrainingandEducationCommitteeprovidinganyexperienceIcantoofferavaluetoourmembership.Ourrstchallengeistoattractandretainnewinstallerstothetiletradeandbuildaprocessforeducatingthemcorrectlytheneventuallycertifyingtheirskillsandprovidingourcustomerswithaqualityproject.Providinginternshipsandupdatingourapprenticeshipmanualsarethelong-rangeplanforourTrainingandEducationCommitteeprovidingedu-cationalmodulesthatenableyoungpeopletoexceltheneventuallycer-tifyingthesenewinstallersthroughthecurrentCTIandorACTprograms.Usingtodaystechnologytogivedirectaccesstothebootsonthegroundthroughvideosandspecializedshorttrainingprogramswillbuildthetalentoftomorrow.Iwanttothankyouallfortheopportunitytoserveasyourpresidentoverthepasttwoyears.IfeellikeIwasgivenagiftworkingandlearningtogetherwithsomanygreatpeople.BeingapartoftheNTCAhasbeenthesinglebiggestreturnoninvestmentIhavemadeforourcompany.Pleasegetinvolvedbecausethemoreyouputintoanorganizationthemoreyougetinreturn.IhopethatyouenjoyedtheseTileLetterarticlesasmuchasIenjoyedwritingthem.ThankyouDanWelchPresidentNTCAdanwwelchtile.comPRESIDENTSLETTERDanielJ.Welch16TileLetterDecember2014 MAKETHERITECHOICEwww.texrite.comFORYOURINSTALLATIONATALLLEVELS.PRODUCTSTHATAPPLYEASIERBONDBETTERANDLASTLONGER. TheNationalTileContractorsAssociationNTCAstaffanditsBoardofDirectorsmetinOctoberatTotalSolutionsPlus.Asweputthefnishingtoucheson2014andmoreimportantlyfocusedonstrategicobjectivesmovingforwarditwasevidentthatmanyestab-lishedgoalshavebeenreachedinthepastfewyearsindicatingtheassociationispositivelyimpactingtheindustryandcreatingvalueforitsmembers.WhilethisisverygoodnewsfortheNTCAtheboardofdirec-torsquicklyidentifednewandimportantobjectivesforthestafftobegintodevelopandimple-ment.AsexecutivedirectoroftheNTCAsince2002IwanttotakeamomenttothanktheExecutiveCommitteeandBoardofDirectorsfortheirleadershipguidanceanddedicationtotheindustryandtheNTCA.ThisparticularBoardofDirectorshasbeeninstrumentalinhelpingthestafftoreachitsgoals.Itisanexampleofhowatradeassociationcanmakeadifferencewithablendofdedicatedvolun-teersandastaffthatworkstire-lesslybecauseitisapassionandacareerandnotjustajob.Iamtrulyblessedtobeapartofthisgroup.InanefforttocommunicatewithourTileLetterreadersherearesomehighlightsoftheBoardofDirectorsmeetingrelatedto2014resultsand2015strategicplanning.2014Report2014willgodowninNTCAhistoryasalandmarkyearformanyreasons.Firstandforemostitwastheyearthatwereachedalong-establishedgoalofattaining1000members.AsofNovember10thNTCAhas1013membersingoodstandingandcountingWewanttocontinuetobuildonthisnumberandarecommit-2014alandmarkyearfortheNationalTileContractorsAssociationByBartBettiga18TileLetterDecember2014 tedtoexpandingouroutreachtoprovidevalueforourmembers.ItwillbeimportanttodevelopnewprogramsthatcanbenetNTCAmembersin2015andbeyond.NTCAsupportstheCeramicTileEducationFoundationCTEFinnumerouswaysandtheCTEFalsoreachedalandmarkin2014asitwelcomedthe1000thinstallertopasstheCertiedTileInstallerprogram.Ithasbeenachallengetolaunchacerticationpro-graminanindustrywithlittleornolicensingrequirementsbuttheCTEFisgettingitdone.Nowthatthereisanincreasinglaborpoolavailableweexpectthecer-ticationprogramtogrowatamuchbriskerpace.InadditiontheAdvancedCerticationsforTileInstallersProgramACTisinitssecondyearofdevelopmentandwasapprovedforinclusionintheTCNAHandbookforCeramicGlassandStoneTileInstallationsqualicationsforqual-iedlabor.ThiswillhelpboththeCTIandACTcerticationteststobespecied.2015DirectionTheBoardofDirectorsidenti-edseveralkeyareaswheretheassociationcanmakeadifferencemovingforwardinto2015andbeyond.WealsowelcomeanyinputfromourTileLetterreadersandfromNTCAmembers.Therstactiontakenwastostrengthencommitteeparticipa-tionandinvolvementinareassuchastrainingandeducationmembershipdevelopmentstan-dardsandmethodsandconfer-enceplanning.Inordertoaccom-plishmanyofthetasksthathavebeenidentiedbythesecom-mitteestheNTCAisseekingtohireaprovenprofessionalinthepositionofeducationandcur-riculumdirector.ThisleaderwillTheNTCABoardofDirectorsidentiedseveralkeyareaswheretheassociationcanmakeadifferencemovingforwardinto2015andbeyondmanycenteringoneducationandtraininganddevelopingapprenticeshipandtrainingprogramsforvocationalandtradeschoolsandcommunitycolleges.TileLetterDecember201419 helpdevelopeducationalcontentontheinternetandinthefeld.TheywillalsoworkcloselywiththeCTEFoncertifcationdevel-opmentandwillberesponsibleforgrowingtheNTCAFiveStarContractorprogram.Astheindustrycontinuestoreboundfromasevereeconomicrecessionitisclearthattheavail-abilityofqualityindividualstolearnthetiletradeisdwindling.NTCAwillbemoreactiveandaggressiveindevelopingappren-ticeshipandtrainingprogramsforvocationalandtradeschoolsandcommunitycolleges.Wealsoknowthatwehavetooffersoundtechnicalmanagementandbusi-nesstrainingforourmembers.Weintendtousetheinternettoaidusinthisobjectivebutwealsowilloffermoreregionaltrainingoppor-tunitiesforourmemberswiththegoalofpreparingtileinstallerstotakeandpasstheCTIandACTcertifcationtests.Thesearejustafewofthehigh-lightsfromourboardmeeting.NTCAwillmeetagaininJanuaryatTheInternationalSurfaceEventinafulldayofstrategicplanningtolaythegroundworkforthenexttwoyears.Wewelcomeyourthoughtsandinputonourdirection.BartBettigabarttile-assn.com601-506-1609cellQualityProductsSince1927TileSettingToolsfortheProfessionalBenoJ.GundlachCompany211North21stStreetP.O.Box544BellevilleIL62222U.S.A.TEL618233-1781FAX618233-3636www.benojgundlachco.comNo.921GroutCleaningSystemTubmoveseasilyondualwheelswivelcastersSofttouchhandlepermitseasyonehandedcarryingHasplasticrinsegrateHastwoplasticrollersmountedonastainlesssteelrollerframeTwocastershavebrakesforstabilitySixgallontubhasacornerpourspoutIncludesNo.437-02SpongeHolderwithgroutoatstylehandleandgripperhookstoholdspongesTwoNo.437-01HydraSpongesslitinto1squaresdeeptopresentmorespongeedgesforbettergroutremovalNo.921GroutCleaningSystemwithcastersinstalledis10widex19longx12high.Weighsjust6lbs.AskyourGundlachToolDistributorforourlatestProductCatalog.20TileLetterDecember2014 MyguysuseonlywediShowerSystemsBryanBaeumlerhostofLeaveittoBryanandHouseofBryanasseenonHGTVandDIY-Network.Youcanalsondwediproductsspecsonarcat.com.JoinUsonFacebook.com877-933-WEDI9334www.wedicorp.com100waterproofandnaturalprotectionagainstmoldInnovation.System.Quality.EasyandsafemodularinstallationFastestInstallationofcustomtiledshowersMultiplecustomizableproductssizesReadytotileuponinstallationAnysizeortypetilestoneInstallationadvantagessavetimemoneyCertiedsystemperformancewithmanufacturerwarrantyBRANDNEWwediVirtualFactoryTouronwww.youtube.comwedicorp ASKTHEEXPERTSQUESTIONDaveIcameacrossyourarti-cleTheImportanceofUsingExpansionJointsthismorning.Imtilingporcelainagoodsizeinte-riorroom15x44withstag-geredplank-styletileinthelongdirection.AccordingtotheTCNAHandbookIshouldhaveatleastonemovementjoint.HoweverwiththislayoutIwouldneedtoterminatethetilerunssomewhereinthemiddletolayinastraightmovementjointacrossthewidthoftheroombreakinguptheowofthetile.Ihavenotcomeacrossanysolu-tionstothisaestheticproblem.WithperimeterspacinglimitedtemperaturevariationandnodirectsunlightImtemptedtoskipthemovementjoint.AnysuggestionsANSWERExpansionjointshavealwaysbeenabattlenobodywantsthemandinstallersdontwanttheextraworkthattheyknowwillresultincomplaintsaboutappearanceiftheydoputthemin.EarlyinmycareerIignoredthemandfelttheywerenotnecessary.Havingaxedplaceofbusinessforover20yearsandhourlyemployeesthatcamebacktohauntme.AnyonecouldndmewhenevertheysodesiredandwhentheySponsoredbyAbove-gradestructureshavegreaterneedsformovementaccommodationasshownonthiscoloreddefectionmap.22TileLetterDecember2014 hadproblemstheydid.Thelessonlearnedwasweeitherputmovementjointsinorhavesomeonesignaformlettersayingtheychosetoignoreouradviceandnottohavetheminstalled.Somewereoffendedandoth-erschosetosign.Itwasneveragoodfeelingeitherwaywhenweencounteredresistance.Thevalueofexpansionjointsalsoknownasmovementaccom-modationjointsisnotrealizedforyearsaftertheinstallation.ItdoesntmatterwhatpartofthecountryyouliveinincludingHawaii.Tileexpandsandcontractswithchangesintemperature.Tileexpandsonalimitedlong-termbasisanddoesnotcontractwithexposuretomoisturebeitwaterorvapor.Concreteexperiencesendlessshrinkageandwantstocurlinadditiontothetileproperties.Keepinmindthetileisgettingbiggerwhiletheslabisgettingsmall-er.Concreteslabswithouteffec-tivevaporbarriersexperienceahighdegreeofvaportransmis-sion.Wecommonlyreceivecallsabouttiletentingafterbigstorms.IdealforbothresidentialandcommercialapplicationsLATICRETEFloorHeatprod-uctsmaketheprocessofaddingwarmthtotileandstoneoorssimple.WhetheryouchooseFloorHeatWireorFloorHeatMatthelow-profleheatingelementisvirtuallyundetect-able.Utilizingeasy-to-installreliabletechnologyFloorHeatMatcomeswithself-adhesivebackingalreadyappliedforuser-friendlyinstallationwhileFloorHeatWireallowsforpoweroutputcustomization.TheFloorHeatproductsaremaintenance-freeandbackedbybothaLifetimeand25YearSystemWarranty.www.laticrete.comMovementjointsarerequiredoverallsaw-cutcontroljoints.TileLetterDecember201423 Woodstructuresexperienceend-lessdimensionalchangesduetomoisturechanges.Above-gradeinstallationsexperiencedefectionbetheywoodorconcrete.IfitisyourturntohaveChristmasforthefamilyyeswegetthosecallsitwillexperienceincreaseddefec-tionitisnotaccustomedto.Allstructuresmovealltilemoves.Ifyouchosetorollthedicebecauseyoufeelyoursisdif-ferentthatisyourdecision.BasedonpersonalexperiencehavingdonethousandsofinstallationsoverthreedecadesIwouldsay80ofthetimeyouwillbeOKfor1020maybe30yearsormore.Theinstallationwilllike-lyfailduetolackofmovementaccommodationatsomepoint.ThequestioniswillyoubetherewhenithappensToughcalltomakewhenyourdesiredambi-ancewillbedestroyedbytheirinclusion.Thecosttoreplacethefoorwillbedoublewhatitwasgoingin.Theriskmanagementdecisionisyours.YesIhavehadthisconversationmanytimes.Bythewaystair-stepjointsarebetterthannojointsandincludea14attheperimeterifyoudoputthemin.Keepbothfreeofthinset.Believemeitmakesadifference.DavidM.GobisCTCCSICeramicTileConsultantASKTHEEXPERTSEQUIPMENTDEVELOPMENTCOMPANYINC.1-800-638-3326edcoinc.comcontrxsystems.comMANUFACTUREDPROUDLYINTHEUSAEVERYTHINGYOUNEEDTHISSTRIPPERSCRAPPEREXCELSWITHSPECIALLYDESIGNEDRAMMINGACTIONWEIGHTPOWERNEWSELFPROPELLEDFLOORSTRIPPERJointsarerequiredfortile-movementaccommodation.24TileLetterDecember2014 GloballyProvenConstructionSolutions2014LATICRETEInternationalInc.Alltrademarksshownaretheintellectualpropertiesoftheirrespectiveowners.A-5658-1014SeeDataSheet230.99forcompletewarrantyinformation.Useasubstrateandapplicationappropriatethin-setmortartoinstallHYDROBANSheetMembrane.www.laticrete.coml1.800.243.4788ApprovedforsteamshowersroomsAllowsforpolymer-modiedorunmodiedmortarusagePliableconstructionconformseasilytosubstrateHYDROBANSheetMembraneSuperiorWaterproongSnapformoreinformationWarranty sponsoredbyBUSINESSTIPIlearnedalotintheMarines.OneofthethingsIlearnedwastheimportanceofpeople.Ialsolearnedhowimportantitistopausefromtimetotimeandthankpeoplefortheircontribution.Andthentherearethetimeswhenweneedtodomorethanpauseweneedtostop.GeneDuncanDuncisafor-merMarinewhowroteseveralbooksabouthistimeintheCorps.Hisbooksareacollectionoffunnysadandpoignantlettersrelat-ingtheexperiencesoftwoprofes-sionalMarinestruthfullytellingitlikeitwasintheftiessixtiesandseventies.AsayoungofcerofMarinesIlearnedfromreadingDunc.LikeyouIcontinuetolearnfromreading.ConsiderthatyouarereadingthisissueofTileLetter.Duncwroteabouttheimportanceoflettingpeopleknowyoucared.InfacttakingcareofpeopleisachapterinmyrstbookNoYellingTheNineSecretsofMarineCorpsLeadershipYouMustKnowToWinInBusiness.HecitedThanksgivingandChristmasastwotimesthatdeservedspecialattention.HisadvicewastoformupyourplatoonandputtheMarinesatease.ThenwalkthroughtherankstalkingtoeachMarineaskingabouttheirholidayplansmakingsuretheyweretakencareof.Finallyheadvisedlookthemsquareintheeyewhileshak-ingtheirhandandsayThankyouforyourvaluablecontribution.ThersttimeIdidthisitfeltalittleawkwardbutitfeltgoodalso.ItfeltgoodbecauseIcouldfeeltheconnectionwithmyMarinesandIknewtheyappreciatedmyaction.Thisappreciationleadstohigherperformanceanddeeperloyalty.Thekindsofthingsthatdifferentiateyourbusinessandmakeitsucceed.IrealizeyourenotgoingtoputyourpeopleintoplatoonformationbutIdoknowthatyoucanvisitthemintheirworkspacesoronthejob-siteandextendthesamecourtesyandrespectthatIdidwhenItalkedtomyMarines.Youllbeamazedattheimpactthiswillhave.YoumaydecideChristmasbeingsoclosetoThanksgivingthatyoudprefertoLookemintheeyeByWallyAdamchikpresidentFireStarterSpeakingandConsulting26TileLetterDecember2014 TheShowerPerfectInstallationSystemsfortub-to-showerbath-roomremodelingprojectsintro-ducedtothemarketbyMAPEIhavetwodistinctadvantagesThetwo-panelpre-slopedpantodraineliminatestheneedfortheeld-oatedslopetodrainanditiseasiertoinstallthansingle-componentpans.Thepatentedlinear-drainassemblymadeofdurablePVCincludesextenderstoaccommo-datewall-to-wallshowerinstal-lationfrom26to32inwidth.TwoShowerPerfectInstallationKitsareavailabletofacilitatetheuseofliquid-membraneorsheet-mem-branewater-proongoftheshowercompart-ment.Thelineardrainassemblyissoldsepa-ratelyasitcanalsobeusedinatraditionalmud-bedshowerinstallation.www.mapei.comspreadoutyourthanks.Thatsnechooseanotherimportantholidaywhenpeopletraditionallytaketimeawayfromworkcelebratingwithfamilyandfriends.Thedayyouselectshouldbespecialtothemembersofyourteam.Inourmulti-culturalsoci-etythereareotheroptions.Yourrec-ognitiononthisoccasionwillmakeapositiveimpactonthem.Awordofcautiondontdothisifyoudontbelieveit.Ifyouarethetypeofleaderwhoreallydoesvalueyourpeopleandviewsthemasimportantpeersintheprocessofcreatingyourproductorservicethenthiswillbewellreceived.Ifyouviewpeopleasexpendableproductionassetsandusethisadviceasatechniquetomoti-vatethemforgetittheywillseerightthroughyou.LastyearaclientofminedidthisforChristmasandhecouldnotstoptalkingtomelateraboutwhatapositiveexperienceitwas.InclosingIwanttolookyouintheeyeandthankyouforreading.Icantsetyouupinplatoonforma-tionbutpleaseacceptmygratitudeforyourtrustandcondenceinme.Bestwishesforahappyhealthyandprosperous2015.NTCAhaspartneredwithWallyAdamchiktobringhisinteractivevirtualtrainingsystematwww.frestartervt.comtoNTCAmem-bers.Contacthimatwallybeafrestarter.comtolearnmoreabouthowtheNTCAFireStarterVTpartnershipcansaveyoutrainingdollarswhileimprovingyourleadersatalllevels.TileLetterDecember201427 800938-7925-OPEN7DAYSAWEEKSerOUR22000SQ.FT.SHOWROOMISLOCATEDAT520S.FrontStreet-SeattleWA98108MasterWholesaleisanauthorizedreselleroftheseandmanymorequalitybrandsPearlAbrasiveVX10.2XLPROTileStoneSawBig2hpsealedmotortelescopingtableandstainlesssteeltray.Ripcutsupto24tileor18tilesondiagonal.Thesawcomesfullyassembledandincludesa10bladedriptrayripguidewaterpumpmiterblockandbladewrench.ONSALESaw969.00Stand99.00PearlP5ReactorProSilentCoreBladesAnexceptionallyfastcuttingandlonglastingdiamondbladeforcuttinggraniteandotherhardmaterials.14315.0016377.0018452.00PearlP4ReactorSilentCoreBladesADMAdvanceDiamondMatrixdiamondpatternandlayeringtechnology.Excelsatcuttingavarietyofdifferentstonesincludinggranitemarbleandtravertine.12230.0014261.0016323.0018354.00PearlP4MeshTurboBladesTurbo-meshrimvirtuallyeliminatesheatcausedbyfriction.Longlifebladeswith10mmdiamondrim.MadeinJapan.Wetordry.426.334.531.19532.63750.941064.81skut-bl_proskut-bl_pdia_sdgskut-tile_p5_sawskut-bl_pdia_ttP ONLINEWWW.MASTERWHOLESALE.COMMostproductsshipforfreeonordersover49vingprofessionalsintheheartofSeattlesGeorgetownindustrialdistrictsince1993EMAILUSATSALESMASTERWHOLESALE.COMSEATTLEAREA206767-6771PearlP5TileStoneBladeHighqualityturborimdiamondbladeforgraniteporcelainnaturalandarticialstone.Goodforwetordryapplications.438.214.544.23562.94668.27788.97PearlP4FlatCoreTurboBladeWetordrybladeforcuttingavarietyofmaterialsincludingcon-creteblockbricknaturalstoneandrefractorymaterials.Highturborimforlonglifewithminimalchipping.553.77PearlP5SuperDryBladesThePearlAbrasiveP5SuperDryBladesaredesignedwithawavedbladecoretoincreasestabilityreducefrictionandremoveexcessdebrisfromthecuttingpath.Thesebladesarespecifcallydesignedtoperformwellwhenuseddry.454.41572.54788.92PearlP5ReactorProIISilentCoreBladesAnexceptionallyfastcuttingandlonglastingdiamondbladeforcuttinggraniteandotherhardmaterials12251.0014319.0016380.0018455.00skut-bl_proiiskut-bl_pdia_sdgskut-bl_pdiagr4skut-bl_pdia005ecarlAbrasivesSale-Pricesvalidthrough1312015 FEATURESTORYelissaSmithhasalwaysbeeninspiredbythetimelesscharmofthemovieItsAWonderfulLifeandndingromanceintheeveryday.Thepotentialseeninthehouseat320SycamoreStreetintheJimmyStewartDonnaReedclassiclmiswhatinspiredhertostartablogbythesamename.320Sycamorewww.320sycamoreblog.comhasfeaturedroom-by-roomhomerenovationsasthefamilymovedfromahomeinTexastoVirginiatoabrandnewhomesouthofSaltLakeCity.Withtheopportunitytostartfreshshesoughttomakehermasterbathroomanoasisawayfromthetypicalchaosofahouseholdofvegrowingchildren.WiththehelpofhercontractorGaryGrifthofDesignerHomeInteriorsofSpanishForkUtahwww.dhioors.comshewasabletocreateanewspacewithclassicappeal.SheselectedavarietyofDaltilenaturalstonemosaicsandaccentpiecesinCarrarawhite.IveheardCarraramarblecalledthelittleblackdressoftilesaidSmith.SoIknewitwasperfectforthetimelessclassiclookIwasgoingfor.SmithhadthestyleandGrifthbroughtthetechnicalknow-howforinstallation.Around200sq.ft.oftilewasneededtoouttthespace.IntheshowerSmithchoseDaltilesStoneMosaicsCarraraWhiteOvalMosaicforanaccentstripebutwasunawarethatthethicknessdidnotmatchthatoftheclassicwhitetilecoveringtheshowersurround.Grifthprovid-edasolutionbyrecommendingpencilrailtohidethediscrep-ancy.DaltilesMarbleCollectionFirstSnowElegancePencilRailMLittleblackdressofstonetilebringsclassiclooktoanewbath30TileLetterDecember2014 FEATURESTORYLittleblackdressofstonetilecreatesaclassiclookwaschosenandnicelyframestheaccentstripe.Thesamelookwasappliedtothebathtubsurround.Smithcontinuedtothinkout-sidetheboxwiththeooringandchoseDaltilesStoneMosaicsCarraraWhiteHexagonMosaic.Grifthnotedthatmarblessofttexturemakesitabitchalleng-ingtoinstallandmaintainbutwithalittleextracareitcanbeastunningchoice.Heusednon-sandedgroutandsettingmateri-alsfromMAPEIandsealedtheoortoavoiddamage.Thewhitegroutandlight-coloredtileontheoorwillrequireregularclean-ingtomaintainitsshine.Smithnotedshewouldneverthinkofinstallingthedelicatetileinthekidsbathbutforjustherandherhusbandshedoesntmindtakingextracare.Theaccentwallwasanunexpectedaddi-tion.AfterlayingoutthedesignfortheroomSmithendeduphavingsomeextratileonhandbutshedidntwastetimeputtingittouseandfoundahomeforitbehindthevan-ityandmirror.Grifthinstalledthetileverti-callywhichinitiallysurprisedSmith.IguessIjustenvi-sionedthetilegoinghorizontallyliketra-ditionalsubwaytileDaltilesStoneMosaicsCarraraWhiteHexagonMosaicwaschosenfortheoorwithnon-sandedgroutandsettingmateri-alsfromMAPEIaswellassealertokeeptheoorinexcellentcondition.Smithiswillingtoperformregularmaintenanceonthedelicatetiletomaintainthetilesshine.DaltilesStoneMosaicsCarraraWhiteOvalMosaicformsanaccentstripeintheshoweralongwithDaltilesMarbleCollectionFirstSnowElegancePencilRail.Thesametreatmentwasusedonthetubsurroundaswell.32TileLetterDecember2014 Inthelightthetileontheaccentwallsalmostshimmerslikeamirror.Fromanunex-pectedbeginningitbecameSmithsfavoritefeatureintheroom. wouldsaidSmith.Butitgoestoshowtheversatilityoftilelikethisturningitonitssidegivesauniquelookandtrulymakesthewallafocalpoint.Shenotedthatinthelightthetilealmostshimmerslikeamirror.Ithasbecomeherfavoritefeatureintheroom.BothSmithandGrifthmen-tionedtheyweresurprisedtoseethevarietyofshapesandsizesoftileDaltileofferedintheCarraramarble.IthoughtofcourseIwouldndsubwaytileandhexagonshapesbutthesemosaicswereveryunex-pectedSmithremarked.Inotherhomesinthiscom-munitywehavebeeninstallingyourtraditional12or13tileorsometimesa12x24standardporcelainsaidGrifth.Thisproj-ectwasanicediversionfromthenorm.Othersintheneighborhoodarenowrequestingasimilarlook.HappytobesettlingintohernewhomeSmithstillfeelsabitburiedbyboxesandisslowlyndingahomeforeverything.Howeverthemasterbathroomoneoftherstcompletedroomsinthehouseisatranquilescapefromthechaos.Whenaskedwhatsnextonherrenovationlistshesaidsheplanstoenjoythenewnessofthehomefornow.Shemightconsiderare-placerenovationbutforthetimebeingshejustplanstokickupherheelsandenjoyanoldholidayclassic.BloggerMelissaSmithwww.360sycamore.comsoughttomakehermasterbathroomanoasisawayfromthetypicalchaosofahouseholdofvegrowingchildren.FEATURESTORYLittleblackdressofstonetilecreatesaclassiclookSmithselectedavarietyofDaltilenatu-ralstonemosaicsandaccentpiecesinCarrarawhite.34TileLetterDecember2014 36TileLetterDecember2014 PatentPending Coveringsisonthehuntforsub-missionstoits2015CoveringsInstallationDesignCIDAwardshonoringthestunningdesignsandinstallationsoftileandstone.AvailabletoarchitectsdesignersbuilderscontractorsdistributorsretailersandinstallerstheCIDAwardscelebratecreativityandtechnicalprowessintheuseoftileandstoneinresidentialcommer-cialinternationalandsustainableprojects.SponsoredbyTileLetterandContemporaryStoneTileDesigntheprogramwillhonorwinningprojectsatCoverings2015whichwillbeheldApril14-172015attheOrangeCountyConventionCenterinOrlandoFlorida.ThewinningprojectswillbeannouncedandcelebratedinarevampedceremonynowcalledtheCIDAwardsOpeningNightCelebrationwhichwilltakeplaceatCoveringsthersteveningoftheshowApril14at530PM.Theeve-ningwillincludeapresentationofthewinnersalongwithaliveshow-caseoftheprojectsandacocktailreceptionallowingattendeestointeractdirectlywiththewinnersandlearnmoreabouttheproj-ectsrst-hand.TheCIDAwardsOpeningNightCelebrationisfreeandopentoallattendees.TheCIDAwardsprogramshinesaspotlightontheremarkabletalentinthetileandstoneindustrythesearethetrailblazersandvisionariesCallforentriesfor2015CoveringsInstallationDesignAwardsWinnerswillbecelebratedatCoveringswithliveshowcaseandreceptiononopeningnightCOVERINGSPREVIEWCiprianoCustomSwimmingPoolsLandscapingwonthe2014ResidentialTileInstallationawardforthisViolinSwimmingPoolinBedfordN.Y.38TileLetterDecember2014 ShowcaseyourprojectatCoverings2015Over15000intotalcashprizesupforgrabsentertheCIDAwardsforfreetoday.Formoreinformationincludingentryrulesandentryformsvisitcoverings.comCID.EntryDeadlineTuesdayJanuary202015SubmityourprojectandyoucanShowcaseyourprojectatCoveringsduringtheshowandattheCIDAwardsOpeningNightCelebrationWinupto2000andaone-nighthotelstayBefeaturedinTileLetterContemporaryStoneTileDesignandtheCoveringswebsiteHaveyourprojectincludedintheonsiteCIDbrochureCoverings2015PresentstheCoveringsInstallationDesignCIDAwardsTheCIDAwardshonorachievementsintheoutstandingdesignandinstallationoftileandstone.2015CID exhibitingthehighestlevelsofcreativitycraftsmanshipandoutstandinguseofmate-rialssaidKarinFendrichCoveringsshowdirector.Withmorethan100out-standingentriesin2014thisprogramhasgainedsignicantmomentumandreectstileandstonespres-enceintodaysimpressivedesignsandinstallations.Anindependentpanelofjudgeswillevaluatesub-missionsbasedonexe-cutionandinstallationoriginalusageandoveralldesignandpurposewithspecialrecognitiongiventothoseprojectsexemplifyingstun-ningtileandstone.TheGrandPrizewinnersoftheResidentialandCommercialcategorieswilleachreceive2000andaonenightshotelstayinOrlando.Additionalcashprizeswillbeawardedineachcategory.WinnersmustbepresentattheCIDAwardsOpeningNightCelebration.Ifwinnersareunabletoattendtheprojectwillbedisqualiedwithanewwinnerawardedwiththeexceptionofinternationalprojects.Multipleentriesareacceptedandencouragedandthereisnofeetoenter.Newthisyearentrieswillbeaccepteddigitallyonlyviaaneasy-to-useonlineportal.Forfurtherdetailsontheprogramandtosubmitaprojectgotocover-ings.comCID.RobertKerrarchitecturedesignwonthe2014ResidentialGrandPrizeforSilverStrandBeachHouse.NTCAmemberCamarataMasonrySystemsandPGALwonthe2014CommercialGrandPrizefor1910HarrisCountyCourthouse.40TileLetterDecember2014 yourneighborsarentthatLOUDWithSuperSAM125SuperSAM125SoundAbatementMembraneSuperSAM125isapremium125milself-adheringsounddeadeningsheetmembraneforuseover6or8concreteslabswithoutasoundratedceilingassembly.SuperSAM125meetsandexceedsaratingof50forSTCairbornesoundandIICimpactsoundwhilealsoprovidingcrackisolationupto38andwaterproongprotectionwhenusedunderstoneceramicorporcelaintileandwood.Scanformoreinformation800-633-4622www.nacproducts.com Decembermeanscoldweatherformostofour50statessothismonthsTechTalkliterallytakesapageoutoftheNTCAReferenceManualtodiscusstheparticularsandcautionsthatsurroundsettingtileincoldweather.TheNTCAReferenceManualisanessentialindustryguidethatref-erencesreal-worldin-the-feldsitu-ationsinmostcaseswithacause-cure-preventionformat.Italsocon-tainslettersthatcanbecustomizedtovariouspartiesintheprojecttolegallycommunicateproblemstokeeptilecontractorsharmlessinadispute.Thisindispensablepublica-tionisnowavailabletotheentireindustry.Visithttpsstore.tile-assn.comp-63-20142015-ntca-refer-ence-manual-non-member.aspxorclickonthestorelinkatNTCAswebsitewww.tile-assn.comandselectbooksandperiodicalstogetyourcopytoday.Followingaretherecommenda-tionsforsuccessfulcoldweathertilingGeneralTheprofessionalinstallationoftileincoldweatherpresentsanumberofproblems.Thebestresultswillbeobtainedwhentheenvironmentandtheproductsareaboutroomtemperature.Eachbondingmaterialwillrequirespe-cifcprecautions.Tilebondingandgroutingmateri-alsmustnotbeappliedtosurfacesColdweathertilingTECHTALKSponsoredbyByLesleyGoddintheNTCAReferenceManualBesureyouhaveplentyofventilationwhenusingtarpsandenclosuresincoldweatherasdidNadineEdelsteinandhercrewwhenworkingintheSeattlewintertoinstalltheaward-winningDragonfowerVinegardenpathmosaic.42TileLetterDecember2014 BringontheToughTileInstallationsPassesheavydutychemicalresistancerequirementsEasy-to-useeasy-to-cleanExceedsindustrycompressivestrengthrequirementsYoullbereadyforthetoughtileinstallationswithInColor.InColorisaready-to-useadvancedperformancegroutabreakthroughforinstallerswhoneedtoworksmarternotharder.Readytogotheminuteyouopenthepailthepowerfulformulaischemicalresistantmoldandmildewresistantandstain-proofwithcolorconsistencyyoucancounton.InColorcanbeinstalledinbothinteriorandexteriorapplicationsaswellaspoolsandspas.Itrequiresnosealingandcleanseasily.TECInColorAdvancedPerformanceGroutVisittecspecialty.comtolearnmore.Seeproductdatasheetforcompletelisting.InColorgroutisstain-proofagainstmostcommonstainswhencleanedimmediately.Seeproductdatasheetfordetailedinformation.Copyright2014H.B.FullerConstructionProductsInc.TECandInColoraretrademarksofH.B.FullerConstructionProductsInc. TECannouncesthereleaseofitsrstmobileapp.ThefreeTECInstallationSystemsCoverageCalculatorAppavail-ableintheU.S.andCanadaincludesproductvideoscontactinformationandamobileversionoftheCoverageCalculatorwhichestimatestheamountoftileandooringinstallationproductsneededforaspecicjob.WiththenewiPhoneAppcontractorscanmoreconvenientlyaccessthebenetsoftheTECCoverageCalculatorallowingthemtoplanforprojectsfromvirtuallyanylocation.Afterenteringtheirprojectsspeci-cationtheycansaveaproductscoveragesummarytotheMySavedJobssectionontheapptoquicklyreferencethemforfuturejobs.AppuserscanalsoeasilyviewTECvideoshostedonYouTube.TheCoverageCalculatorcontinuestobeavailableatwww.tecspecialty.comcustomer-toolscoverage-calculatorandboththewebandmobileversionwillhavetheadditionalcapabilitytoestimatenecessaryooringadhesiveslaterin2014.TheTECAppisfreefordownloadattheOfcialAppleStoreathttpsitunes.apple.comUSappid858806157mt8thatcontainfrost.Tilemustnotbeinstalledinareaswherethesub-strateisnotmaintainedabove50F10Corwherethesubstrateisabove100F38C.Temperatureofthesubstrateshallbe60F16Candrisingforapplicationofepoxyandfuranunlessoth-erwisespecicallyauthorizedbyitsmanufacturer.Maintainepoxyandfuranatastabletemperaturebetween60F16Cand90F32Cduringthecuringperiod.Industryspecicationsdonotrecommendsettingtilebelow50F.IfworkbelowthattemperatureisUsinga100000BTUpropaneheaterduringachillyoutdoorwinterinstallationkeptthecrewwarmandallowedNadineEdelsteintokeepconcretesubstrateandcuringmortarabove40degrees.Shealsousedelectricblanketsoversetstonelayeredwithinsulatingblanketsandtarpstokeeptheheatinandusedtheblanketsthenextdaytopreheattheareassheintendedtoset.44TileLetterDecember2014 unavoidablecommonsensepro-ceduresandprecautionsshouldbeobserved.Beawarethatitisthetemperatureofthetileproductsbondingmaterialsandsubstratewhichcountnotjusttheairtem-peratureoftheroom.ColdweatherslowscementhydrationcuringItisrecognizedthatcoldweatherslowsthestrengtheningofcementmortarsandgroutsandallowancesmustbemadefortheresultingrisks.Asthetemperaturedropsfrom50Fto35Fthestrengtheningofcementslowsconcurrentlyuntilat35Fitalmostceases.Whentheseconditionsoccuradditionaltimemustbeallowedforthecementbondingmaterialstosufcientlyhardenbeforetrafcisallowed.Ifthewaterinfreshcementisallowedtofreezesolidparticu-larlynearthesurfacethesmallicecrystalsexpandseparatethesandandcementanddestroythestrengthofthemortarresultinginabondfailure.Incoldtemperaturesgroutingdonebeforethebondingmaterialisstrongenoughtoaccepttraf-cwillcausemovementofthetileresultinginirreparablebondfailure.Whenthetemperatureisbelow50FgroutingshouldbedoneimmediatelyafterthetileisTECHTALKSOLUTIONSWITHMETALTRIMSSOLUTIONSWITHMETALTRIMSCarpetTrimsReducersCustomTrimsKnowledge.Experience.Service.Knowledge.Experience.Service.CeramicToolCompanyCeramicToolCompanywww.ceramictool.com1-800-236-523046TileLetterDecember2014 TECHTALKsetorwaitatleasttwotothreedays.Notrafcshouldbeallowedduringthisperiod.Whencontinu-ingajobspecialprecautionsmustbetakentokeepalltrafcoffthetilethatwassetthepreviousday.Whenusingblowerheaterstoprotecttilefromfreezingcautionmustbetakentoavoidrapidlydry-ingoutthetiledareadirectlyinfrontoftheheaters.Thereisariskofdryingouttheairinheatedareaspreventingpropercuringofmortarandgrout.Itisadvisabletodampcureundertheseconditions.Theuseofelectricheatisprefer-abletooilorgas-redtemporaryheatersthatcancausechalkingcarbonationandweakeningoffreshmortarorgrout.Coverungroutedsurfacesdur-ingtheinitialsettingperiodforprotectionagainstdraftsandfreez-ingtemperatures.Fast-settingmor-tarsalthoughsusceptibletofreezedamagemayreducecuringtimeifthemanufacturersrecommenda-tionsarefollowed.EpoxiesandurethanesEpoxiesrequirespecialcoldweatherprecautions.Themostlikelyconditionstooccurbecauseofcoldtemperaturesare1.Athickstiffmix.2.Difcultapplication.3.Averyslowcureandstrengthgain.Forthesereasonsmostepoxyproductsarerecommendedforusebetween70Fand80F.LowBostikCeramicsofItalyCoveringsCrossvilleCTDACustomBuildingProductsDaltileFloridaTileFlorimUSAJamesHardieLATICRETEMAPEINTCASchluterSystemsStonePeakCeramicsTCNATECTileofSpainAmericanOleanCertainTeedMarazziUSAProSpecUSGwww.tilecareer.comSignatureSponsorsPlatinumSponsorsCTEFCertiedTileInstallersTheONLYTileInstallerCerticationrecognizedbythetileindustryTileLetterDecember201447 temperaturescancauseepoxiestobecomesostifftheyareunwork-ableandcuringtimeisextendedbeyondpracticallimits.Epoxiesshouldbestoredatroomtempera-turesatleast48hoursbeforemix-ing.Mostepoxyproblemsresultfromimproperandinsufcientmixing.ColdweathertilingtipsNadineEdelsteinwinnerofa2010TileLetterTileDesignAwardfortheslatestripmosaicintheMauryIslandresidenceoutdoorentrywayanda2013CoveringsInstallationDesignResidentialStoneDesignAwardfortheDragonowerVineraised-bedgardenpathwayinSeattleWash.Edelsteininstalledbothwinningprojectsduringtheduringthecoldnorthwestwinter.ConditionsfortheMauryIslandprojectincludedtemperaturesinthe30sandwindwhippingthroughthespace.Thecrewbundleduptostaywarmandtookmeasurestokeeptheconcretesubstrateandcuringmortarabove40degrees.Edelsteinsaidsheusedelectricblanketsoverthesettileslayeredoverwithinsulatingblanketsandtarpstokeeptheheatin.Thenextdayweusedtheblanketstopre-heattheareasweintendedtoset.Forher2013DragonowerVineprojectelaboratemeasuresincludedaframedenclosurebuiltovertheentire500-sq.-ft.garden.Thiswascoveredwithheavy-dutytarpsthatweresecuredwithfullve-gallonbucketshangingoffthesidesEdelsteinsaid.Thiskeptusdryandprovidedenoughventilationsothatwecouldusea100000BTUpropaneheaterwhichkeptthechilloffofuswhileweworked.Wethenemployedthesameelectricblankettech-niquetohelpourmortarcure.Anoteofcautionfromindus-tryexpertandceramicconsul-tantDaveGobisCTCbesuretoprovideplentyofventilationasEdelsteindidwhententingaproject.Atentedinstallationorthecementcouldkillyoufromeithercarbonmonoxideordioxide.Besureyouhaveplentyofairmov-ingthroughtheenclo-sure.Thefnished2013CoveringsInstallationDesignResidentialStoneDesignprojecttheDragonowerVinegardenpathbyNadineEdelstein.TECHTALK48TileLetterDecember2014 AmericanMonumentAssoc.CanadianStoneAssoc.ElbertonGraniteAssoc.IndianaLimestoneInstituteNat.BuildingGraniteQuarriesAssoc.NWGraniteMfr.Assoc.PartnersJANUARY20-232015MANDALAYBAYCONVENTIONCENTERLASVEGASSEEITHEREFIRST1WEEK5SHOWS125000ATTENDEES4.7MILLIONSQ.FTOFEXHIBITSThelargestcollectionofbuildinganddesignproductsservicesandtechnologieseverassembledatonetime.Bepartoftheexcitement.RegistertodayatTISEwest.com.JANUARY18-232015 CTEFSchluterconductfrstopen-shopACTtestingSchluterhoststestingatPlattsburghN.Y.headquartersQUALIFIEDLABORTheCeramicTileEducationFoundationCTEFworkinginconjunctionwithSchluterSystemsLPrecentlyhostedandconductedthersthands-ontestingoftheAdvancedCerticationsforTileInstallersACTprogramentirelyforopen-shoptilecontractorsattheSchluterheadquartersinPlattsburghN.Y.TheinstallerstakingtheACTtestsrsthadtohavesuccessfullycompletedtheCTEFCertiedTileInstallerCTItestingoftheirskillsandknowledge.PrevioustestsatTheInternationalSurfaceEventandCoveringsincludedequalnum-bersofopen-shopandIUBACunioninstallers.Duringthetwo-daytestingSeptember15and16thepre-qualiedCTEFCertiedTileInstallersdemonstratedtheirhands-onabilitiesinthefol-lowingskillsetsLargeFormatTileandSubstratePreparationMembranesbothsheetandliq-uidMortarBedMudFloorsandShowerReceptors.Priortotakingthehands-onportionofJoshPairofOTPTileMarbleGraniteFayettevilleArk.prepstheoorforhismembranetest.JuanSantosSaucedaofNeuseTileServiceYoungsvilleN.C.prepsforthemembranetest.50TileLetterDecember2014 theACTexameachinstallerwasrequiredtosuccessfullycompletetheonlineknowledgetestprovingtheircommandofthetestsubject.Installerssoughtcerticationinselectskillsnotnecessarilycer-ticationofeveryskillforeveryinstallerthefourinstallersyield-edninecertications.ThefourinstallerswhotooktheexamatSchluterinSeptemberwereJuanSantosSaucedaNeuseTileServiceYoungsvilleN.C.MarkIosueMiTerraCustomTileInteriorsPhiladelphiaPa.ScottHeronPrecisionTileCompanyWestColumbiaS.C.andJoshPairOTPTileMarbleGraniteFayettevilleArk.Todatethereare169ACT-QUALIFIEDLABORScottHeronofPrecisionTileofWestColumbiaS.C.inthemidstofthemudfoortest.MarkIosueofMiTerraCustomInteriorsPhiladelphiaPa.establishesalevelwalllineforhismembranetest.52TileLetterDecember2014 Copyright2014DuPont.Allrightsreserved.TheDuPontOvalLogoDuPontandDuPontStoneTechProfessionalaretrademarksorregisteredtrademarksofE.I.duPontdeNemoursandCompanyoritsaffiliates.KEEPINGYOURSTONETILEBEAUTIFULWITHDUPONTSTONETECHPROFESSIONALEnsurethebeautyofyourcustomersnaturalstoneandtilecountertopsoorswallsandotherinstallationsforgenerationstocome.WithacompletelineofproductstoprotectcleanandtransformstonesurfacesDuPontStoneTechProfessionaltechnologyfeaturesinnovativeeasy-to-usesolutionsdesignedtoprotectandpreservestoneandtileforeverydayliving.Protect.Clean.Transform.LearnmoreatStoneTechPro.comorcall877-786-6383 certifedinstallerssaidScottCarothersCTEFdirectorofcer-tifcationandtraining43open-shopinstallersand126IUBACinstallers.SchluterterritorymanagerPhilWoodruffdevisedtheconceptofACTtestingatPlattsburgh.HehasalsosetupaCertifedTileInstallertestinginAcmeMich.TraverseCityareainconjunctionwithaSchluterInnovationWorkshoponDecember11.Philhasalreadyregisteredthemaximumnumberof20installerstotaketheCTIhands-ontestwhichisstillamonthawayCarotherssaid.AwesomeworkSuccessfulACTinstallersarelistedontheCTEFwebsitewhichalsolinkstotheACTwebsiteprovidingpotentialcli-entswithapooloftalentedandqualifiedtileinstallers.Theseinstallersnowmeetthespeci-ficationrequirementcallingforqualifiedlaborasshownintheTileCouncilofAmericaTCNAHandbookandmanyarchitec-turalspecificationsincludingtheARCOMMasterSpec.Thecallfortheuseofqualifiedlaboronjobsitesundersection9300CeramicTilespecificationsisgrowing.TheACTCertificationProgramprovidestheresidentialandcommercialconsumerwiththeconfidencethattheirprojectwillbecompletedcorrectlythefirsttime.FormoreinformationpleaseviewtheCeramicTileEducationFoundationwebsiteatwww.tilecareer.com.ACTtestingatSchluterSystemsLLCinPlattsburghN.Y.l.tor.ScottCarothersCTEFJuanSantosSaucedaNeuseTileServiceYoungsvilleN.C.MarkIosueMiTerraCustomInteriorsPhiladelphiaPa.ScottHeronPrecisionTileCompanyWestColumbiaS.C.andJoshPairOTPTileMarbleGraniteFayettevilleArk.QUALIFIEDLABOR54TileLetterDecember2014 A5655-1014SeeDataSheet025.0forcompletewarrantyinformation.2014LATICRETEInternationalInc.Alltrademarksshownaretheintellectualpropertiesoftheirrespectiveowners.Snapformoreinformation.Anti-MicrobialTechnologyEquippedwithWarranty25YEAR GloballyProvenConstructionSolutionsLATICRETEoffersacompletesolutionfortilenaturalstoneandmanufacturedmasonryveneersprovidingapermanenthighstrengthinstallationthatisfreeze-thawstableandprotectsfromwaterintrusionbackedbyourLATICRETE25YearSystemWarranty.www.laticrete.commvis1.800.243.4788MVISAcompletesystemfortileandstoneinstallationsMasonryVeneerInstallationSystem PREMIUMINFLOORHEATINGSYSTEMWWW.MASTERHEAT.COM1800938-7925MasterHeatinoorheatingsystemscombineeciencywithluxury.Availableinwirewirematsandinkitform.SimplylaywireormatcoverwithmortarandinstallooringTheEasytoInstallEconomicalUltra-LowEMFSolution58TileLetterDecember2014 ARDEXTileStoneInstallationSystemsrenovateoodedhomeMonticelloTileStoneinstalled1100sq.ft.of12x24TurkishimportedEgeSeramikEssencepor-celaintilesatopaperfectlylevelandseamlesssubfoor.CASESTUDYAfteraweekendawaytheRothfusfamilydiscoveredthetravertinetileoorsintheirkitchenandentrywaywerecompletelyruinedbecausetheirunder-sinkwaterheatingsystemmal-functionedandoodedthehomewith300gallonsofwater.Theone-storyranchstylehomeinMedfordOre.wasinneedofexpeditedrepairsfordamagedoorsinthekitchenhall-wayslivingroomanddiningroom.TheRothfusfamilywouldcontinuetoliveintheirhomewhiledamagedoorswereremovedandnewtileinstalled.Traditionallytileoorhasbeenusedinbathroomsandkitchensbuttodaystileoptionsopenupnewareasofthehomeforbeaticationwithtilelikelivingroomsdiningroomsandothertraditionally-carpetedspaceslikebed-rooms.Tileooringinnon-traditionalareascontinuestogainpopularityformanyreasonsincludingnewsizesshapesmaterialpatternsandcolorsthatgivedesignersandarchitectsmoreoptionstocreateinvitingandaestheti-cally-pleasinglivingspaces.60TileLetterDecember2014 MREFRMOREFREETIMEREFREEARDEXX7RTMRapidSetFlexibleTileandStoneMortarSofastyoumayneedtopickupanewhobbyortwoInteriorexterioroorsandwallsSuitableforwetareasshowersandswimmingpoolsVeryeasytouseandapplyVerygoodsagresistance888-512-7339www.ardexamericas.comGetaFREElimitededitionARDEXTileStoneInstallationSystemsknittedcapforeverytwo40lb.bagsofARDEXX7Rpurchased.October15December312014orwhilesupplieslastISOCLASSIFICATION13007ERapidsettinggroutorwalkoninjust2HOURS WewantedaproductthatwaseasytocleanandverydurablebecausewehavefourkidsandtwodogssaidhomeownerRandyRothfus.Welikecarpetbutbecauseofdoghairanddustitwasimportantthatwecouldcleantheooranditwouldmaintainitsoriginalappearance.AfterdoingsomeresearchtheRothfusfamilyselectedMonticelloTileStoneofMedfordtocom-pletetherenovationproject.OwnerandinstallerCharlesFombywasgiventwoweekstocompletesuboorpreparationandtileinstal-lation.ARDEXsalesprofessionalWilliamWhitewalkedthejobsitewithCharlesandthehomeown-erstosuggestproductsolutions.Thehomeownerswantedanothertileoorbutwantedtobesuretheinstallationwaspristineandmate-rialswerehighquality.Beforetherenovationbeganoldtileswereremovedandlippageandhighpointsof316werediscoveredontheoor.Toreme-diatetheseissuestheoorwasdrum-sandedandrequiredaself-levelingunderlaymenttoensureitwasproperlypreparedforthenewtileinstallation.Before1100sq.ft.of12x24TurkishimportedEgeSeramikEssenceporcelaintileswereinstalledtheoorhadtobeperfectlylevelandseamless.Wheninstallinglarge-formatAbeautifulbacksplashframedinglasstilewasinstalledovertherange.62TileLetterDecember2014 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 12x24porcelaintilesitisimperativethatanabsolutelylevelsubstrateisachievedtoavoidbowingandcrackingsaidFomby.Toachievetheperfect-lylevelsubooronatighttimelineFombyusedARDEXLiquidBackerBoardSelf-LevelingUnderlaymentforInteriorWoodandConcreteSuboors.Thisunderlaymentelimi-natestediouscuttingttinggluingandfasteningrequire-mentsoftraditionalbacker-boardsaidFomby.AddedRothfusMygreatestconcernwasactuallyavoidingfuturecrackingandprotectionagainstanyotherunforeseenwaterdamageevents.ARDEXLiquidBackerBoardcreatedasmoothconcreteooranditgavemeafeelingofsecurity.Wewantedprotectionagainstwaterdamageandnovisibleseamsthatcouldcausecrack-inginthefuture.Ouroriginaltravertineoorcrackedandsplitfromthewaterdamageandwasnotwearingwellsowedenitelywantedtoavoidthatfromreoccurring.InstallationofARDEXLiquidBackerBoardwaseasyinstall-erssimplymixedpouredandletthecompounddry-nometallathrequired.Itsup-portsfoottrafcintwohoursandeliminatesunevenwob-CASESTUDYAmajorwaterleakoodedtheone-storyranch-styleRothfushomewith300gallonsofwaterdestroyingthetravertineoorsinthekitchenandentryway.MonticelloTileStoneinstallednewoorsinthekitchenhallwayslivingroomanddiningroom.ThenewsuboorwasprimedwithARDEXP51tosealtheoorsurface.The12x24tilesweresetwithARDEXX5FlexibleThinSetMortar.64TileLetterDecember2014 25YearsofPioneeringInnovativeToolsEquipmentfortheU.S.TileStoneIndustry239-598-3737e-mailinfotile-eze.comFormoreinformationonthisandotherTileEzeproductsvisitusonlineatwww.tile-eze.comorcalltollfree1-800-476-3737TZ5000GroutCleanupMachineTheTZ5000isspeciallydesignedforcommercialandresidentialtilenaturalstoneandbrickinstallations.TheTZ5000cleansupto600squarefeetperhourinacomfortableuprightpositionTheTZ5000isourbest-sellinggroutcleanupmachinewithover2000unitssoldnation-wide.Whyareyoustrainingyourknees CASESTUDYblingandcrackingoflargeformattileswithoutback-butteringtocompensateforthedipsandunevensurfacesofbackerboardsheets.DuetopreviousexperienceusingARDEXLiquidBackerBoardFombyconsideredittheper-fectself-levelingsolutiononthistime-sensitiveproject.MonticelloexclusivelyusesARDEXLiquidBackerBoardoneveryjobbecauseitsavesustimeandmoneysaidFomby.AfterinstallingARDEXLiquidBackerBoardIonlyhavetowaitsixhoursbeforeIcanbegininstallingtile.ThenewsuboorwasprimedwithARDEXP51tosealtheoorsurface.The12x24tilesweresetwithARDEXX5FlexibleThinSetMortar.BecauseitrequiresnosealingARDEXFLRapidSetFlexibleSandedGroutinCoffeeBeanwasusedton-ishthejob.Homeinsurancecom-paniesoftenrequireawar-rantedtileinstallationafteraooringclaimsuchasthisone.BecauseafullsystemofARDEXproductswasuseda10-yearARDEXSystemOnewarrantywasprovided.ARDEXhasoutperformedeveryothermaterialIveusedsaidFomby.IveneverhadafailurewithanyARDEXLiquidBackerBoardSelf-LevelingUnderlaymentforInteriorWoodandConcreteSuboorshelpedinstallersachieveperfectlylevelsuboorsforthe12x24porcelaintilesfromEgeSeramikonatighttimeline.Thehomeownerwantedabeautifulanddurableoorcoveringthatwouldstanduptofourkidsandtwodogs.Porcelaintilewastheperfectsolution.66TileLetterDecember2014 0306MARCH2015SOPAULOTHEARCHITECTUREANDCONSTRUCTIONFASHIONWEEKEXPOREVESTIR.COM.BRPROMOTEDBYSUPPORTEDBYCO-LOCATEDEVENTSORGANIZATIONDESIGNPS.2PROMOTEDBYSUPPORTEDBYCO-LOCATEDEVENTSORANIZATIONDESIGNPS.2 CASESTUDYARDEXTileStoneInstallationSystemsproducts.Welovethenoslaketimewhenmixingmateri-als.Fombywasabletocompletetherenovationwithintherequiredtimeframeandthehomeownerswerecompletelythrilledwiththenishedproduct.TheprocessofremovingtheoldtravertineandpreppingtheoorwasextremelyprofessionalsaidRothfus.MonticelloTileStonedidnotcutanycorners.Thenalproductturnedoutsowellbecauseofalltheprepworkpriortosettingthetiles.Thetileoorisbeautifulandwegetmanycomplimentsonit.Iwouldhighlyrecommendgoingtheextramiletomakesureeverythingworksoutperfectly.Formoreprojectreferencesandinformationonproductsvisitwww.ardexamericas.com.PhotosbyMarcSalvatoreARDEXFLRapidSetFlexibleSandedGroutinCoffeeBeanwasusedtofnishthejob.68TileLetterDecember2014 AsoneofthehottesttrendsintheindustrythewoodinspiredcollectionsbyEmserTileembodiestheclassicfeelofahardwoodwithmoderndurabilityfoundinceramicandporcelaintile.Ourwoodlooksprovideanextralevelofcomfortinwetareassuchaskitchensbathrooms.Withalargespectrumofcolorssizesandnishestheversatilitythesetilesbringmakeitsuitableforbothcommercialandresidentialapplications.EmserTilesWoodInspiredCollectionsIncludeAlpineCountryDowntownGroveHeritageModenaParquetReclaimWoodworkWoodInspiredCollectionswww.emser.com Cersaie2014Frommarbletomosaicshigh-techtohexagontrendsdelightshowgoersCersaie2014theannualinter-nationalexhibitionofceramictileandbathroomfurnishingsheldinBolognaItalyeachfallthisyeardrew100985visitorsfrom150countriestoviewthewaresof945exhibitorsupfrom910in2013from38countriesincluding339non-Italiancompanies.Thenum-berofuniquerst-admissionsvisi-torswasup3.6andinternationalvisitorsloggeda4.1increaseover2013.Journalistsnumbered578anincreaseof3.39with235comingfromoutsideItaly.Showhighlightsincludedspeak-erToyoItothefthconsecutivePritzkerprizewinnertogivethekeynotestronginterestinthebuildingdwellingthinkingpro-gramthatgrantedtrainingcred-itsforparticipatingarchitectsandtheeventsthatunfoldedatTilingTownthelocationfortrainingyoungtilesettersandpresentinginstallationtechniques.ConsumersockedtotheCersaieDesignsyourHomeinitiativemanywithhomerenovationplansinhandandtheCer-Seaexhibitexploredwaysofutilizingseasideresorts247year-roundtogeneraterev-enuesandattracttourists.AsalwaysCersaieexhibitedcutting-edgedesignsettingtrendsworldwidefortheyeartocome.FollowingarethemostprominenttrendsfromItalianmanufacturersseenattheshow.Boom.Pop.WowGraphicplay-fulwalltilesreectinuencesandimagesfromcomicsandpopart.KingsofpopartRoyLichtensteinl.tor.Lupinthe3rdbyDelConcaPopbyImolaQuindicidecimibyOrnamentaGameofFifteenbyAscot70TileLetterDecember2014 800.423.5243www.barwalt.comProvidingprofessionaltoolsforover35yearsWalterPytlewskiCEOOwnerBARWALTTOOLJackAbravanelOwnerContractorTILETECHNIQUESThatsgreatJackandIamthankfulforourloyalcustomerswhoknowthevalueofqualitytoolsHeyJackwhatareyouthankfulforthisyearWalterIhavelotstobethankfulforincludingthisturkeylegforinstance.FromallofusatBarwaltToolsHappyanksgiving andKeithHaringinspiredImolaandAscotwhileDelConcapresentedanimatedcharactersfromthepopularJapanesemangaseriesLupinthe3rd.Marble2.0LuxuriouswhitemarblessuchasCalacattaCarraraandStatuariocreamyTravertineanddarkerhueslikeSaintLaurentandBerimbauwererepresentedattheshow.Novelhexagonandchevronshapesoverlaiddesignswiththree-dimensionalsurfaceslikepillowededgesandlinearfoldsaddedtothemix.Hexalove2014couldhavebeendubbedtheyearofthehexagon.Thesecontempo-raryhexagonsincludemacroandmicrosizesrhombilletil-ingeffectsirregularcutoutsandencausticconcretemarblewoodandbrickdesigns.CustommadeTiledevel-opedexiblesystemsforcreat-ingtailor-madecompositions.RobertDawsonsAriannaseriesforBardellifeaturesasinuoussilkscreenedpatternthatcanbefreelyrotatedandrandomlycombinedwhileLaviniaModestiandJavierDeferraridevelopedacomprehensivelineofhexago-naltilesforMiragesXgonethatcanbestuddedintoeachotherorconguredintocountlesscombinations.TwotilelinesdevelopedbyHOKforLeacanalsobeusedinamyriadoflayoutswhileOrnamentasSalepepetilesoffercustomizablegeometryandarangeof33colorsdesignedtomatchMAPEIsUltracolorPlusgrouts.TaginasentireAtelierteamcreatescustom-madeceramicproductsforarchitectsevenonalargecommercialscale.CERSAIE2014l.tor.MarmiBianchibyCoemV-StonebySettecentoInfnitybyFondovalleMarmokerbyCasalgrandePadanal.tor.MarvelProbyAtlasConcordeDocklandsbyCirRewindbyRagnoEtrobyUnical.tor.SalepepebyOrnamentaNestbyLeaAriannabyBardelliXgonebyMirage72TileLetterDecember2014 ModernMosaicsInnovativemosaicswereeverywherewithfreshtreatmentsoftraditionalpennyhexagonandbrickmosaicstocompletelynewformatssuchaslineardiamondandorganic-shapedtesserae.CementineTheinherentcharmandbeautyofencausticcementtilesfromtheturnofthe19thcenturyinspiredmanycollec-tions.Puttingamodernspinontheclassictilessomewereover-laidontoconcreteterracottaandstonedesignswhileoth-erspresentedcrisporfadingpatterns.CollectionsincludeCERSAIE2014SPANISHTRENDSCersaieisaworldmarketplaceandassuchtrendsfrommanymanufacturingcountriesareevidentattheshow.HereisalookofwhatwaspercolatingattheTileofSpainexhibitorsVintagestylesClassicsimpleelegantformatsinsquare4x4tilesorrectangular4x8tilesinbasicblackorwhitegraysorpastelslikepinkandbabybluemostwithaglossfnish.Newvintagepiecesareoctagonsconnectedbyinsertswithvintagereliefs.MixMatchCeramicCeramicmash-upscombinematerialstexturescolorsformatsandgraphicmotifstocreateuniqueversatilesolutionsinfreshnewcombinationsthatbeforecouldhaveneverbeenpossible.l.tor.FiberbySicisAleabyBrixBostonbyFapVisiabyAval.tor.FioranesesCementineBlackWhiteTokabyFondovalleContemporabyCerdomusKeramosbyCenturyAdexStudioseriesBamboo6x6walltilewith1x1reliefinsertEucalyptus3x8foortile.Eucalyptuswalllistelandreliefdeco.HalcnCermicasMomentsSeriesceramicfoortile18X1874TileLetterDecember2014 25YearsofPioneeringInnovativeToolsEquipmentfortheU.S.TileStoneIndustry239-598-3737e-mailinfotile-eze.comFormoreinformationontheseandotherTileEzeproductsvisitusonlineatwww.tile-eze.comorcalltollfree1-800-476-3737BLOWOUTSALEOurdiamondbladesarehigh-qualitySwiss-madetottheFSNFSCDustlessGroutRemoverandMultimastertoolsmadebytheFeinCompanyandDremelMulti-Max.DiamondBladesMarblePlaneisatooldevelopedforlippagefreeinstallationofmarblestoneandgranitetilesofanysize.Tileinstallationisfasterandmoreprecisethanbutteringandpoundingindividualtilestosetthemonaperfectplane.MarblePlanesTile-EzeisinnowayafliatedwithFEINorDremel2Blades99.00 OnebyCaesarCaterinaSforzabyCedirKeramosbyCenturyContemporabyCerdomusTerrabyFapCementineBlackWhitebyFioraneseTokabyFondovalleAstrabyLaFabbricaMyMoodbyPanariaandDustbyProvenza.BlackwhiteClassicblackandwhitewithaddedeffectssuchasfadingreliefsandopartgraphicsofferedatimelessfreshlook.MetallizedMetallizedtilesexhibitedthesheenofplatinumandbronzeortheweatheredeffectsofrustedsteelandoxidizedcopper.CERSAIE2014GradientsInstallingceramictilefromdarkertolightershadesorviceversacreatesauniquepersonalstatementthatcanbetai-loredtotheprojectorenhancedwithzigzagorotherpatternstogivedepthandinterest.SubtleReliefsAtexturalandvisualdelighttileswithdecorativereliefpatternsexperimentwithhuematteandglossaccentedattimeswithextralargemotifssuchasfowersleavesabstractsetc.toattracttheeye.HexagonsThistrendtranscendscountriesasmanu-facturerseverywherearebringingbackthebeehiveHexagonalshapesoerdesignfexibilityanddeco-rativepieceswithl.torHandmadebyNaxosFlexibleTechnicbySantAgostinoDecodAntanbyTaginaTradizionaleStilebyCeramicaVietriAnticoL.tor.MetalbyCottodEsteTracebyCaesarFusionbyAstorFusionLaFabbricaEquipeCeramicas-CountrySerieswalltilesinagradientmix.UnicerRealitySeriesforwallandoorfea-turearelieftileforvisualandtexturalinterest.NatucerModeliSeriesextrudedoortilesinPanalModeliMix6x7.76TileLetterDecember2014 PRECISEEFFICIENTDURABLEWIThBELLoTAyoULLNoToNLygETThEjoBDoNEyoUWILLgETITDoNERIghT.Discoverourallnewcompleterangeofprofessionalmanualtilecuttersandscoringwheelsatbellota.com8002342547MarketedbyCORONACLIPPERINC.forNorthAmericabellota.com NeuwoodDisplaysofceramicwoodranthegamutfromrus-ticandrecycledlumbercharredwoodorthelusterofapolishedorglazednishforatouchofsophis-ticationandglamour.HightechtilesAdvanceduseoftechnologymovedceramictilesfrombeautifulandfunctionaltosmartsurfaces.ABKGroupunveiledarevolutionarytechnologythataddselasticitytoporcelaintileensuringperfectlyatinstallationswhilePiemmelaunchedaseriesofhigh-techtileswithembed-dedphotovoltaiccellstocreatepaintedorenameledprintsoercontempo-raryfairtotheshape.MirrorMirrorMosaicmagiccombinesmetallicsandmirroredeectsthatgivealushcosmopolitanlooktoaroombringingoutthesparkleinalltheprojectsdecorativeelements.MatteBlackChicBlackmattepiecesaddsubtlemasculinesophisticationtoanyroomoeringcontrastsintexturesandcolors.CozyTocreatecomfortableclassicalandcontemporaryspaces.CERSAIE2014l.tor.Yakiby41zero42ScrapwoodbyItalgranitiTeatrobyRefnMySpacebyNovabelll.tor.Auto-LevelingbyABKOversizeMagnumbyFlorimMuralesbyFaetanoCottagebyPiemmeDuneCeramicaCopperMirrorseriesmosaicwalltilescobrecolor10X11.PorcelanosaAntiqueSeriesporcelainoortile23x23inblack.CevicaAnticCraquelseries6x3vitrifedwalltilesareacombinationoffourwhitehuestocreateacozycontemporaryspacewithatraditionalfeel.78TileLetterDecember2014 CERSAIE2014ThenewrusticFreshwoodtreatmentsforceramicarealsoaubiquitoustrendglobally.Ceramicoortilesinplanksthatresembledistressedwoodgivethesensa-tionofalived-inspaceperfectwhenpairedwithsimple-lineddecorandfurniture.SweetandfeminineThisdeli-catestyleusesverylightbeigeandpaleroseshadeswithasprinkleofsmallvintage-inspiredoralprintwalltileshintingofFrenchcountrystyle.Thegoldtouchesandantiqueelementssuchaswallmoldingsandshelvesemphasizeromanticinspiration.ClassicEleganceFloortilesinspiredbynaturalstonesinverypurewhiteandgraycolorswithhighglossprovidesereneelegancetoanyspace.self-illuminatingoutdoorooring.Florimshowcasedsomeofthelargestthinslabsintheindustry5.5x11andonly6mmthickandFaetanointroducedanewtilespeciallydesignedtowrapcorners.CollectionsincludeAuto-LevelingbyABKMuralesbyFaetanoOversizeMagnumbyFlorimandCottagebyPiemme.ABKGroupunveiledarevolutionarytechnologythataddselasticitytoporcelaintileensuringperfectlyatinstallations.Cersaie2015willbeheldSeptember28-October2atBolognaFiere.Visitwww.cersaie.itenformoreinformation.GayaforesRovereseriesceramicoortileindistressed8x26planks.RocersaEdnwalltileswithEdndecoandtrimpiecesthataddagoldentouchofdelicacy.ClownMokaceramicoortile.CeracasaAbsoluteseries20x40porcelainoortilesinhighgloss.TileLetterDecember201479 FIVESTARCONTRACTORSPOTLIGHTYoungstownTileandTerrazzoCo.Inc.YTTafamily-ownedbusinesswithafamilyatmo-spherewasfoundedin1947byAttillioBertolinifocusingonqual-ityinstallationsofceramictileterrazzoandmarble.Thecom-panywaspurchasedin1981byBertolinisson-in-lawPaulSherbawhoremainstheownerandpresi-dentofYTTtoday.SherbahasbeeninvolvedwiththeNTCAformorethan20years.OneoftherstNTCAFiveStarContractorsheisalsoapastpresi-dentandaRingofHonorrecipient.IntheearlyyearsYTTfocuseditseffortsmainlyintheretailmar-ketconcentratingonshoppingmallsandmajorretailerssuchasMayCo.DillardsdepartmentstoresandLimitedbrandstores.Since2007thecompanysdirec-tionandday-to-daymanagementhasbeenhandledbyvicepresi-dentJeffMasonandseniorprojectmanagerJoshCoholtogeth-ermovingYTTforwardinmanynewandexcitingdirec-tions.YTThasdevelopedawebpresenceatwww.yttinc.comandhasbranchedoutintopolishedconcretebothdecorativeandindustrialepoxyooringandgranitecountertops.Itrecentlyopenedaretailshow-room.YTTcurrentlyemploys18dedi-catedandhighly-skilledpeopleincludingofcemanagerTracyHigginssuperintendentDonFerkoandestimatorKeithMasonallofwhomoverseeindividualareasofthebusiness.ThebulkofYTTsemployeesareeldpersonnelsponsoredbyYoungstownTileTerrazzoInc.CaneldOhioSince1947SpecialtyProvidingasuperiortileinstallationonanyindustrialcommercialorresidentialprojectatareasonableprice.Ourprofessionalmanagementteamandhighlyskilledandexperiencedinstallersdeliveraqualityinstallationontimeandunderbudget.Websitewww.yttinc.comYoungstownTileTerrazzoownerandpresidentPaulSherbawasawardedtheNTCARingofHonorin2008.80TileLetterDecember2014 manyofthemsecond-generationemployeesandcraftspeoplethusemphasizingYTTscommitmenttoastrongfamilyculture.ThesehighlyskilledcraftspeopleandtheprofessionalismoftheentireYTTteamarethefoundationonwhichYTThasbuiltareputationofexcel-lenceintheceramictileindustry.NEOMEDHealthandWellnessCenterOnerecentprojectthathighlightsYTTscommitmenttoexcellenceisthenewNortheastOhioMedicalUniversityNEOMEDHealthandWellnessCenterinRavennaOhio.This177000-sq.-ft.facil-itywasconstructedbyRuhlinConstructionatacostof65mil-lionandhadaconstructiondura-tionofapproximately18months.ThebuildingincludesaSTEMMsciencetechnologyengineer-ingandmathematicsmedicinehighschoolaconferencecenterincludingtwoballroomsanda3400-sq.-ft.quarrytilebanquetkitchen.Thisprojectalsofeatureda355-seatlecturehallcafcof-feeshoptenantspaceforfuturemedicalofcespharmacycen-tralatriumandaphysicaltherapysuite.Thebuildingstnesscenterincludestwopoolsaerobicsareaweightroomgymnasiumandrock-climbingwall.AftertheprojectRuhlinConstructionofferedthefollow-ingtestimonialtoitsexperienceworkingwithYTT.YoungstownCustomBuildingProductsstandsbehinditsproductsandthecontrac-torswhoinstallthembyofferingthemostcomprehensiveLifetimeSystemWarrantyprogramintheindustry.Whenqualifyingproductsareselect-edandusedinacompletesystemCUSTOMoffersawarrantycoveringtheentireinstalla-tionsystemforlifeincludingreplacementofmaterialstileandlaborintheeventofadefect.Itcoverscracksintileandgroutaswellasbondfailures.Thisunmatchedlim-itedwarrantyprogramappliestointeriorandexteriorcommercialandresidentialinstallations.CUSTOMsLifetimeWarrantyisavail-ableforinstallationsincludingconcretemasonryPortlandcementcementback-erboardexteriorgradeplywoodandwellbondedexistingceramictile.WhenamembraneproductisusedtoachievecrackisolationalongwithoneofCUSTOMsqualifyinghigh-performancemortarsandgroutsthecompleteinstallationsystemiscovered.SeveralCUSTOMmortarproductsalsoareeligibleforuptoalifetimewarranty.TheinstallationmustincludeoneofCUSTOMsgroutproducts.Forcommercialprojectsover5000sq.ft.contractorsmustcontactCUSTOMinadvancefortheprojecttobeeligible.www.custombuildingproducts.comor800-272-8786.TileLetterDecember201481 TileTerrazzowascriticaltothesuccessfulcompletionoftheNEOMEDHealthWellnessandMedicalEducationCenterproject.AsthenewshowpiecebuildingfortheNEOMEDcampusthisprojectcombinedbothaveryaggressiveconstructionschedulewithahighlevelofnishesandhighexpecta-tionforquality.YTTprovidedthemanpowerandexperienceneces-sarytocompletetheirtileworkinanacceleratedtimeframewithnosacriceinquality.TheRuhlinCompanyisthankfultoYTTfortheireffortsonthisprojectandlooksforwardtomoresuccessfulprojectswiththeminthefuture.TheYoungstownTileTerrazzofamilyislookingforwardtothefutureandprovidingtheircustomersbothnewandoldwithhigh-qualityinstallationsandgreatcustomerser-viceoneachandeveryproject.FIVESTARCONTRACTORSPOTLIGHTFireplaceintheseatingareaoutsidethecoffeeshopintheCommonsareaoftheNEOMEDbuildingduringinstallationandaftercompletion.82TileLetterDecember2014 Theuppersecond-oorlobbyoftheNEOMEDbuildingoverlooksanatriumfromabovetheeastentry.NEOMEDcafebyYoungstownTileTerrazzo.ThelappooloneoftwopoolsinthetnessareaoftheNEOMEDbuildingduringinstallationandaftercompletion.TileLetterDecember201483 1000memberssaidJimOlsonNTCAassistantexecutivedirector.Ineedtosayitagain.1000membersWOWOlsonsexcitementcentersontherecentadditionofNTCAs1000thmemberSalsTileofCorpusChristiTexasduringaNTCATileStoneWorkshopheldattheCorpusChristiDaltileonOctober22.Salhasbeenalong-timecustomerofDaltilesaidIsraelAlanizstoreman-ageroftheDaltileSalesServiceCenterinCorpusChristiwheretheworkshopwasheld.Imethim20yearsagowhenIrstbeganworkingforDaltile.Hehasbeenaloyalcustomerofours.OlsonwhooverseesNTCAmem-bershipisunderstandablyenthusias-ticaboutreachingthismilestonefortheassociation.WhenIstartedwiththeNTCAonNovember42008theNTCAhad424members.Todaywehave1013membersmeaningwehavegrownby580membersinsixyears.Theassociationasawholeisoverjoyedaboutreachingthis1000th-membergoalthatwassetfor2014atthebeginningoftheyear.MichaelWhistlerwastheNTCApre-senterattheCorpusChristiworkshopwhereSalvadorandBeckyRodriguezownersofSalsTilejoinedinOctober.SalsTileCorpusChristibecomes1000thNTCAmemberEducationopportunitiesattractmilestonememberByLesleyGoddinOnOctober22inCorpusChristiTexasNTCApresenterMichaelWhistlerr.signedupSalvadorc.l.andBeckyc.r.RodriguezofSalsTileinCorpusChristiastheassociations1000thmemberduringanNTCATileStoneworkshop.IsraelAlanizl.isthestoremanagerattheDaltileSalesServiceCenterinCorpusChristiwhichhostedtheworkshop.84TileLetterDecember2014 Salhasbeendoingooringinstal-lationsfor32yearsBeckysaidandthisistherstprofessionalorganizationhesjoined.Thecompanyalsoopenedaretailoorcoveringshowroomtoserviceitscustomersin2005offeringcarpetcabinetsgranitewoodandtiletomostlyresidentialremodelandnewcustomhomeclientele.ThathasbeenagreatsuccessforthemAlanizsaid.Thisyeartheymovedtoanewlocationandbuiltanewstoreafterpurchasingapieceofpropertynotfarfromtheiroldlocation.Theyareveryfamily-orientedandeasyandfuntoworkwith.About60percentofthebusinessrevenuecomesfromtileandstoneinstallationwithacrewofthreedoingthework.SalandBeckyweredrawnbytheeducationofferedbytheworkshopandwereinterestedinhavingmoreaccesstoongoingeducation.SalwasveryinterestedinlearningmoreabouttheindustryandwhatsavailableBeckysaid.Beckysaidthecompanyslongevityispredicatedonkeepingcustomerssat-isedwiththeirworkandbeingthereaspromisedandasscheduledforajob.NTCAoffersawiderangeofbenetsforcompaniesbothlargeandsmallandisworkingtobettertheentireindustry.TheNTCAisdoingunbelievablethingsforthetileandstoneindustryandcon-tractorsarenoticingOlsonsaid.Visitourwebsiteatwww.tile-assn.comandseetheprogramswehaveforyou.DontstoptherereadabouttheeffortsoftheNTCAinTileLetterthroughouttheyear.IfyouarenotamemberIamsureyouwillwanttojoinandbepartofthisgreatassociation.WaterproofwallinsertsforusewithanyinstallationmethodSurfacemountdesigneasytoinstallwithoutpreciseframing.Availablein3modularpracticalsizesformoredesignoptions.Nailitonandtileitinwithmodifedthinsetmortar.Popularforneworremodelingprojects.QuickShelfaddsstyleandvaluetoanytiledarea.Retailerinquirieswelcome.9x13t13x13t13x20WheelerTileCompanyt800-965-9501twww.QuickShelf.nettttt NTCABENEFITSBOXWherecanyougetfreeexpertandessentialeducationonsomeofthemostpressingissuesintheindustryinonehourstimewith-outleavingthecomfortandconve-nienceofyourcomputerTheNTCAWebinarsthatswhereOverthelastyearNTCAhaspresentedfreearchivedwebi-narsonBuildingaBulletproofSpecGroutingSolutionsforCommercialKitchensBarrier-freeDesignResidentialContractsandOtherStandardBusinessPracticesLinearDrainsGroutandTileSpecicationsMembranesThinTileInstallationLargeFormatTileSubstratesandShowers.Theseconference-gradetalks-sponsoredbyindustryexpertsandtheirrepresentativesandmoder-atedbyNTCAassistantexecutivedirectorJimOlsonalsooffertheopportunitytoaskquestionsofthepresenterandreviewtheinforma-tionorshareitwithyourteamthroughthearchives.Onthecalendarsofarfor2015isaThinTileUpdateinJanuaryspon-soredbyLATICRETECurbspresent-edbyTheNobleCompanyinMayandanotherLATICRETE-sponsoredwebinarinSeptemberonupdatestothe2015TCNAHandbookforCeramicGlassandStoneTileInstallation.OthersponsorsforwebinarsyettobedeterminedwillbesponsoredandpresentedbyCustomBuildingProductsMarchandNovemberCoveringsSchluter-SystemsMAPEITECWausauTileandDaltilewithmoreontheroster.ThoughyoudonthavetobeamemberofNTCAtoaccessthewebinarthroughthelinkatTrainingEducationopportunitiesatwww.tile-assn.combeingamem-bertiesyouintoacommunitythatvaluesexcellenceatalllevelsofbusiness.EnjoyandprotfromthewebinarsandconsiderbecomingaNTCAmember.ContactJimOlsonatjimtile-assn.comor601-939-2071fordetails.NTCAWebinars86TileLetterDecember2014 601939-2071www.tile-assn.comWhatisaFiveStarcontractorTheNationalTileContractorsAssociationFive-StarProgramwascreatedbytheBoardofDirectorsasawaytorecognizecompaniesinourassociationwithaproventrackrecordofexcellenceinourtrade.WhychooseaFiveStarcontractorThisselectgrouphasdocumentedtheircommitmenttoqualitytileinstallationswithRecommendationsfromcustomers.Recommendationsfromsuppliersandpeers.Participatingincontinuingeducationandtrainingprograms.Anactivesafetyprogram.Takingpartineducationalseminarsandevents.ActivemembershipwithNTCA.WhereFiveStarsMeet.Themostprestigiousprojectsrequiretop-levelbusinessesAddtheNTCAFiveStarlogotoyouralreadystronglistofcredentials.Withthisprogramnotonlywillyouhaveascendedtoanotherhighlevelofprofessionalismyourcompanywillbecomeevenmorefocal.Thatmeansmorepotentialtop-levelbusinessforyou NTCANEWS88TileLetterDecember2014InthisspecialeditionofNTCANewswepreviewsomeoftheappointmentsandassociationawardsthatcameoutofTotalSolutionsPlusheldOct25-28inSanAntonio.StaytunedtoJanuaryforarecapstoryontheconferenceitself.NTCAnamesnewpresidentofcersanddirectorsSANANTONIOTEXASJamesWoelfelvicepresidentofArtcraftGraniteMarbleTileCo.ofMesaAriz.hasbeenelectedpresidentbytheNationalTileContractorsAssociationsNTCAmember-ship.Hiselec-tionwasofcial-lyannouncedatthisyearsTotalSolutionsPlusConferencewhichwasheldhere.Woelfelwillserveatwo-yeartermthatwillrununtilNovember2016.Hesucceedsoutgoingpresi-dentDanWelchpresidentofWelchTileMarbleinMichigan.WithhisuniqueleadershipandpassionforthetileindustryWelchwillbecomethechairmanoftheboardfortheNTCA.Heiscur-rentlyontheBoardofDirectorsfortheCTEFCeramicTileEducationFoundationtheNTCATechnicalCommitteeandwasthe2014NTCATilePersonoftheYear.WoelfelstatedIamhonoredtobecomethenextpresidentoftheNTCA.Itishumblingformetobecometherstsonofaformerpresidentofourassociationshistorytoassumethisrole.MyfatherButchWoelfelservedinthiscapacityfrom1985-1987.InmytenureIhopetoraisetheawarenessofourasso-ciationtoevenstrongerinternationalrecognitionaswecontinuetoplayaleadingroleinthedevelopmentofinstallationstandardsfortileandstoneinstallations.Wewanttocel-ebrateourpastandembracethefutureofaglobaltileindustry.JamesWoelfelisthecurrentNTCATechnicalCommitteeChairmanamemberoftheTCNAHandbookCommitteeandtheANSIA108Committee.In2011WoelfelwastherecipientoftheNTCATilePersonoftheYearaward.TheNationalTileContractorsAssociationBoardofDirectorsiselectedbymembersatitsAnnualMeeting.Itiscomprisedoftheexecutiveofcersoftheassocia-JamesWoelfelArtcraftGraniteMarbleTileCo.MesaAriz.newNTCApresidentl.tor.JohnCoxexecutiveofferspastpresidentoutgoingpresidentincomingchairmanoftheboardDanWelchNyleWadfordexecutiveofcerpastpresidentnewNTCApresidentJamesWoelfelMartinHoward1stvicepresidentandChristopherWalker2ndvicepresident. Copyright2012AlphaProfessionalTools.Allrightsreserved.103BauerDriveOaklandNJ07436800-648-7229Fax800-286-0114www.alpha-tools.comDRYTILEKITVIRTUALLYDUST-FREESHAPINGANDPOLISHINGAPPLICATIONCOVERSMORETHANA4DISCCONVENIENTANDFASTCANALSOBEUSEDWETDRYTILEBULLNOSEKITFactoryQualityFinishWithouttheMess NTCANEWS90TileLetterDecember2014tionrepresentativesof12geo-graphicregionsandalliedmem-bersfromdistributionandtileandinstallationmaterialmanu-facturers.TermsfortheBoardofDirectorsarefortwoyears.ExecutiveofcersincludeBartBettigaNTCAexecu-tivedirectorandchairmanoftheConventionPlanningandFinanceCommittee.BettigaisalsoontheCoveringsBoardofGovernorsandistheexecu-tivedirectoroftheCeramicTileEducationFoundation.JimOlsonAssistantexecutivedirectorNTCADanWelchChairmanoftheBoardNTCAJamesWoelfelPresidentNTCAMartinHowardDavidAllenCompany1stVicePresidentChrisWalkerDavidAllenCompany2ndVicePresidentNyleWadfordNeuseTileServiceExecutiveofcerandpastpresidentJohnCoxCoxTileExecutiveofcerandpastpresidentNewadditiontotheExecutiveCommitteeisChrisWalkerofDavidAllenCompany.HewillserveastheNTCAs2ndvicepresidentaswellascontinuetoserveontheANSIA108CommitteeandasthechairmanoftheNTCAMethodsandStandardsCommittee.Boardmembersparticipateinscheduledmeetingsandconfer-encecallsandserveonseveralstandingcommittees.TheNTCABoardofDirectorsisactivelyinvolvedintheoverallmanage-mentoftheassociationandworkscloselywiththeNTCAstafftocarryoutaclearly-denedstrategicplaninordertomeetitsgoalsandobjectives.StatedirectorsworkcloselywithNTCAsstafftopromotemember-shipintheirregionandtosupportNTCAlocalevents.Thisexecutiveteamiscom-prisedofsomeofthemostsuc-cessfultilecontractorsandlead-ersinourindustryBettigasaid.Theyrepresentbothcommercialandresidentialcontractorspar-ticipateineverysingleimportantstandardscommitteeinourtrade-andtheyhavededicatedmanyyearstothegrowthofourassocia-tion.TheirsupportofthedirectionandeffortsofourstaffhasbeeninstrumentalintheincrediblegrowthNTCAhasexperiencedthepastseveralyears.Ourfutureissecureundertheirleadershipandguidance.AfliateDirectorsincludeJohnCousinsDal-TileCorporationDistributorrepre-sentativeRealBourdageMAPEICorporationManufacturingrepresentativeGregSchadH.B.FullerConstructionProductsAlliedmanufacturingrepresentativeRegionalNTCADirectorsincludeRegion1JonDonmoyerJDTileAnnvillePa. www.sgm.cc800.641.9247QualityTileSettingMaterialsOnesourcefitsitall NTCANEWS92TileLetterDecember2014Region2BuckCollinsCollinsTileStoneAldieVa.Region3RodOwenCCOwenJonesboroGa.Region4GregoryMichaelMichaelsCustomTileJacksonvilleFla.Region5KevinInsalatoCaliforniaFlooringLtd.MantenoIll.Region6MichaelSandersSandersHylandCorp.MobileAla.Region7JoeKerberKerberTileMarbleStoneInc.ShakopeeMinn.Region8TaveBakerHolmesTileMarbleCo.JonesboroArk.Region9JesseDeasonRubensteinsFlooringSeattleWash.Region10DanLambertLambertTileStoneEagleColo.Region11MartinBrookesHeritageMarbleTileMillValleyCalif.Region12JohnWirtzWirtzQualityInstallationsInc.SanDiegoCalif.NTCAawardsGoldbergwiththe2015RingofHonorAwardSANANTONIOTEXASRichardP.GoldbergAIACSINCARBpresi-dentofProfessionalConsultantsInternationalAvonCTreceivedthe2015RingofHonorAwardbytheNationalTileContractorsAssociationNTCAduringanawardslunchattheTotalSolutionsPluscon-ferenceheldhere.NTCApres-identDanWelchpre-sentedthisprestigiousawardtoGoldberg.TheRingofHonorawardisgiventoindi-vidualswhohaveimpactedtheindustrythroughactiveparticipa-tiondevotionandsupportoftheNTCAprogramsandinitiatives.Recipientsareindividualswhohavemadeadifferenceinthetileindustry.RichardGoldberghasdevotedover33yearsinthearchitecturalandconstructionindustryasatechnicalandforen-sicarchitect.GoldbergstatedImhonoredtoberecognizedbytheNTCAformycontributionstotheorganizationandhumbledtobeinthecom-panyofallthepastdistinguishedRingofHonorrecipients.FromanarchitectsperspectivetheNTCAsdedicationtoimprovingthebuiltenvironmentisunmatchedinthebuildingconstructionindustry.Goldbergbringshisknowl-edgeandexpertisetotheindus-trythroughnumerousspeak-ingengagementsatnationalandinternationaltradeshowsandevents.HehasbeenafrequentspeakeratCoveringsNTCAAnnualMeetingTotalSolutionsRichGoldbergl.receivestheNTCARingofHonorfromoutgoingNTCApresi-dentDanWelch. www.schluter.com800-472-4588ConnectwithusFloorwarmingsystemshavebecomeverypopular.Heatingtiledfloorsincreasestheneedforuncouplingtopreventcrackedtilesandgrout.UseSchluter-DITRA-HEATtogetbothwarmfloorsanduncouplinginasinglelayer.Schluter-DITRA-HEATElectricfloorwarmingsystemwithintegrateduncouplingHeatinganduncouplinginasinglelayerNoself-levelersrequiredtoencapsulateheatingcablesnoneedtowaitforcuringPlacetheheatingcablesexactlywheretheyareneededwithoutclipsorfastenersCombinestheexibilityofloosecablewiththeeaseofinstallationofamatsystem120Vand240VoptionsProgrammableandnon-programmablethermostatsavailableFasterThinnerFloorWarming NTCANEWS94TileLetterDecember2014PlustheInternationalMasonryInstituteCersaieinBolognaItalyandQualicerinCastellonSpain.HeservesasamemberoftheTCNAHandbookandtheNTCATechnicalCommitteesandisactiveinbothCSIandAIAorganizations.GoldbergfurtherdeclaredMembershipintheNTCAisdemonstrationthattilecontrac-torspossessthehighestlevelofskilldedicationtoqualityandmostimportantunderstandingoftheimportantcenturies-oldlegacyoftheartandscienceofceramicandstonetile.IamproudtobepartoftheNTCAstirelesseffortstoimprovethetiletradesthrougheducationandtrainingprogramsandtrulygratefultobetheNTCA2014RingofHonorrecipient.JohnMasonis2014CarlV.CeseryAwardrecipientJohnMasonreceivedtheTCAAsprestigiousCarlV.CeseryAwardforoutstandingservicetotheindustryduringtheawardsluncheonatTotalSolutionsPlus.Masonbeganhiscareerinthetileindustryin1964helpinghisfatherduringsummersandonweekends.In1967hejoinedtheInternationalUnionofBricklayersandAlliedCraftWorkersandbecameajourneymantilesetter.Inthe1980shebecameinvolvedinunionadministrationasaboardmemberofhislocalunioninDetroitandasaeldrepresenta-tiveandin1993hewaselectedasthebusinessmanagerforLocal32representingceramictileset-tersandnishers.In1999hewastappedbytheInternationalUniontoserveasitsnationalcraftdirec-torofTileMarbleandTerrazzoandinthispositionsatonnumerousboardsandcommitteesincludingtheTCNAHandbookANSIunionpensionsandhealthfunds.ItwasherethathisdrivetoimprovetheindustryandskillatbringingtogetherpeoplewithoftendivergentinterestshelpedlaythegroundworkforeventualcreationoftheACTAdvancedCerticationsforTileInstallersprograminspring2013.Hisdesiretohelpcreateauniedvoiceforcontractorsondevelop-mentofmaterialsandinstallationmethodsspecicationsledhimtobeginhostinginformalmeetingswithunionandnon-unioncon-tractorsservingontheANSIandHandbookcom-mittees.WhenIrststartedouttherewasagreatdealofdistrustbetweentheunionandnon-unionsidesaidMason.RonSchwartzpresidentofTCAAl.andJohnTrendellTCAAboardmemberandTCAArep-resentativeontheACTCerticationtaskforcepresentJohnMasonc.withtheCarlV.CeseryAward. NTCANEWS96TileLetterDecember2014Buttherewasalsogreatneedforthecontractorstocometogetherwithonevoicetoadvocateonbehalfofthoseresponsibleforinstallingthematerialsdevelopedbymanufacturersonthecommit-teessaidMason.MasonretiredfromIUBACinAugust2013.HeandhiswifePennyenjoyspendingtimewiththeirgrandchildrenridingwiththeirmotorcycleclubandtraveling.RickBaldinijoinsCTDAHallofFameTheCTDAHallofFameAwardrecognizesoutstandingCTDAandindustryleadersthosethataretrulymem-bersofCTDA.Theydomorethanjustbelongtotheasso-ciationtheyparticipate.ThisyearCTDAinductedRickBaldiniofBOEintoitsHallofFame.Baldinihasalonghis-toryofdistinguishedserviceanddedicationtothetileindustry.ThehonorwasbestowedduringanawardslunchthattookplaceduringTotalSolutionsPlus.Baldinireceivedhisdualunder-graddegreesinmanagementandnancefromtheUniversityofUtahin1979andwentontogethisMBAfromCaliforniaStateUniversityinFresno.HestartedinthetileindustrywithtwoyearsatUSGandave-yearstintatMasoniteCorporationworkinginsalessalesmanagementandmarketing.Hethenranmanufac-turingandsalesforthewesternhalfofthecountryatTECH.B.FullerConstructionProducts.Forthenext12yearshewaspresi-dentCEOandpartownerofAquaMix.In2007BaldinistartedBestofEverythingBOErstformingapartnershipwithNickTsangariscalledSpongaUSA.ThencamePrimoToolsandlastOmniSealersbothofwhicharepart-nershipswithRichMaggio.ThesethreebrandsformthebackboneofBOE.BaldinireceivedtheJerryFisherServicetotheIndustryawardfromCTDAandhasservedontheCTDAboardovertheyearscurrentlyservingonseveralcommittees.HehasservedaspresidentandchairmanofCTIOAinCaliforniaandthepresidentofWesternStateTileContractorsAssn.HecurrentlyservesonthenationaladvisoryboardforUniversityofUtahandisaregularguestlec-turerintheMBAprogram.IfeelveryblessedtohavebeeninvolvedinthetileandstoneindustryBaldinisaid.Itsgreattobeinanindustrywhererela-tionshipscountandwherepeoplelikedoingbusinesswithpeopletheylikedoingbusinesswith.CTDApresidentFrankDonahuer.inductsBOEsRickBaldiniintotheCTDAHallofFame. NTCANEWS98TileLetterDecember2014TCNAnamesDonatoGrosserTilePersonoftheYearTileCouncilofNorthAmericaTCNApresenteditsprestigiousTilePersonoftheYearawardtoDonatoGrosserfounderandpresidentofD.GrosserandAssociatesLtd.ofNYCduringanawardsluncheonatTotalSolutionsPlus2014inSanAntonioTexas.Thisannualawardrecognizesanindividualwhomadetransforma-tivechangestotheNorthAmericantileindustry.BorninMilanItalyGrosserseffortsinthe80swithCasaTileashowcaseofItaliantileheldinNYCwithparticipationofup-and-comingarchitectsanddesignersledtotherstlarge-scaletileexpo-sitionopentoallbringingspeci-ersdistributorsretailersinstallersandmoretoaninternationaltileexhibition.Thisquicklyledtotheinternationaltileindustrypartner-shipknowntodayasCoveringswhichcelebratedits25yearsofsuccessthisyear.From1974-1984GrosserworkedfortheItalianTradeCommission.Since1980hehasdirectedpro-motionalprogramsfortheItalianceramictileandmarbleindustriesandhasgivenmorethanonehun-dredseminarsonceramictiletoAIAandASIDchaptersallovertheU.S.Hewasalsoamem-beroftheCeramicTileMarketingFederation.Hehasadvisedmanyceramictilemanufacturersandauthorednumerousarticlesintradepublications.D.GrosserandAssociatesfoundedin1984providesinter-nationalclientswithspecializedassistanceinenteringandincreas-ingtheirpresenceintheAmericanmarket.GrosserhasbeentheU.S.consultantforConndustriaCeramicatheItalianAssociationofCeramicsformerlyAssopiastrellesince1984.Hehasreceivednumeroushon-orsandawardsincludingtheCarlV.CeseryAwardbyTCAAforhisoutstandingservicetotheindustry.Grosserisanexecutiveboardmem-beroftheCeramicTileEducationFoundationCTEFwhichprovidesinstallertrainingandcertication.InMemoryMelRautonoflongtimeNTCAandCTDAmem-berMelcerTileCo.Inc.inCharlestonS.C.passedawayonOctober172014attheageof80.RautonalongwithhiswifePhyllisco-foundedtileandstonedistributorMelcerTilein1968.AnavidcollectorofantiquecarsRautonretiredfromthebusinessin2000.TCNAsEricAstrachanr.presentedDonatoGrosserwiththeTCNATilePersonoftheYearaward. FACESINTHENEWSDadlovedthetilebusinessandtaughtusallsomanyvaluableles-sonssaidcurrentcompanypresi-dentandownerJayRauton.Wearesaddenedbyhisdeathbutinspiredbythewayhelivedhislife.Hewillsurelybemissed.FACESINTHENEWSLATICRETEannouncedDominicDiCenzohasjoinedthecom-panysStrategicAccountsGroupasaNationalKeyAccountsspecial-ist.DiCenzowillreporttoStrategicAccountsGroupdirectorJohnStriednigandservetheNortheastterritorywhichencompassesNewEnglandtheMidAtlanticandMidwesternstates.DiCenzorstjoinedLATICRETEin1976asaproductionworker.Withmorethanthreedecadesofexperiencewiththecompanyhehastouchedmanyaspectsofthecompanysbusinessincludingcus-tomerservicetechnicalservicetrafcanddistributiondomesticmarketingandinternationalsalesandmarketing.CompotiteCorporationsnewfocusedandhigh-poweredman-agementincludesAlanS.HutchinswhohasjoinedCompotiteasvice-presidentofBusinessDevelopment.Herepresentsthefourthgenerationtobeinvolvedwiththecompanysincehisgreat-grandfatherG.A.Morthlandfoundedthecompanyin1938.CompotitehasalsohiredMarkA.MacDonalda14-yeartileindustryprofessionaltoserveasvice-presidentofsalesforNorthAmerica.INDUSTRYNEWSFinPanInc.celebrates40yearsinbusinessHAMILTONOHFinPanInc.iscelebratingits40-yearanniversaryasaninnovativemanufacturerofceramictileunderlaymentprod-uctsforthetileindustry.FinPanspecializesinconcreteandwater-proofbackerboardsPreFormedready-to-tileshowerpansnich-esseatsandmore.In1974FinPanpatentedtherstcontinuouscementbackerboardproductionlinethatrevolutionizedtileinstal-lationsforyearstocome.FinPanhasbecomeanindustryleaderinprovidingsolutionstothetileindustrythathaveimprovedperformanceinwetareasandmadeinstallationseasierfortheinstaller.Overtheyearswehavecon-tinuallychallengedourselvestoassesstheindustryanddevelopnewproductsthathelpimprovetileinstallationsandkeepusgrow-ingaswellsaidcompanyfounderTheodoreE.Clear.FinPanslatestinventiontheClearPathCurblessShowerPanDiCenzo100TileLetterDecember2014 INDUSTRYNEWSSystemisauniqueinnovationthatallowsforabarrier-freeshowerpantobeconstructedontopofoorjoists.Traditionallycontrac-torshavebeenfacedwithmakingstructuralmodicationstoexistingoorjoists.Fromfashiontofunc-tionbarrier-freedesignsaregrow-inginpopularityhereinthestates.FinPans40thanniversaryisbeingcommemoratedwithavari-etyofpromotionswithitscustom-ers.OurcontinuedgrowthandprosperityismuchattributedtoourloyalcustomerswhohavestayedthecoursewithFinPanthroughboththegoodandleanyearssaidcompanyPresidentLisaSchaffer.Wewishtoacknowledgeandthankallofourcustomersaswelookforwardtobuildinguponthoserelationshipsformanyyearstocome.NAC2015calendarfeaturesclas-sicvehiclesfromtheooringindustryNACProductsInc.thecom-panythatintroducedECBandcrackisolationmembranetechnol-ogyreleasedits2015calendarClassicVehiclesfromtheFlooringIndustryattheTotalSolutionsPlusshowinSanAntonioTexas.Thiscalendartraditionstartedwiththe2013calendardesignedtocelebrateNACs30thanniversa-ryandrecognizepeoplethrough-outtheooringindustrywhohaveclassicvehicles.Afterthesuccessofthersttwocalen-darsandthetremendousresponsewereceivedaboutitfrompeopleinsideandoutsideoftheindustryweknewwehadtostepupthedesignthisyearsaidvice-presi-dentOperationsBrianPetit.Thisprojecthasbeenalotoffunandtoseethewidevarietyofvehiclesfrompeoplethroughouttheoor-ingindustryshowsthatcollectingclassicvehiclesisahobbythatisnotgoingawayanytimesoon.Inadditiontohighlightingclas-siccarsstartingwithaholidaygreetingforDecember2014thecalendaralsohighlightsadifferentNACproductofferingeachmonthandincludesthedatesofmanyindustry-relatedtradeshowslikeTheInternationalSurfaceEventNAHBKBISandCoverings.www.NACproducts.com.GreenSkyoffersnancingviasmarttechnologyHomeimprovementbusinessesareoftenfacedwiththepredica-102TileLetterDecember2014 INDUSTRYNEWStellthemyousawitinmentofhavingcustomerswhowanttogreenlightahomeimprovementprojectbutdonthavetheon-the-spotbudgettomoveforwardwithit.GreenSkyoffersnancingupto55000forhomeimprovementprojectsatthepointofsaleviasmarttechnology.Nowloansareapprovedonthespotinthreesimplestepsonbehalfofsomeofthebiggestbanksintheworld.CustomerscanapplybyphoneonlineorsmartphonewithcreditdecisionsdeliveredrightawaywiththecustomerreceivingaGreenSkyaccountnumber.Within48hoursthepaymentisprocessedjustlikeacreditcard.Theresultallowshomeimprovementcontractorstoincreasetheircloseratiobyoffer-ingnancingoptionstomeetthedifferentneedsoftheircustomerbasethroughexibletermscon-venientpaymentoptionsandnoprepaymentpenalties.Merchantsareabletogrowtheirbusinessbypayingfasterthananyoneelsewithasolutionthatrequiresnointegra-tionandnochangefromhowthecontractorstakepaymentstoday.Massachusettsbathroomremod-elerBayStateRe-BathhasseenrsthandhowGreenSkycanhelpthemtaketheirbusinesstothenextlevel.GreenSkyhasgivenourcompanyasimpleexiblepaymentsolutionforthosecus-tomerswhoprefertousepaymentsovercashupfrontsaidBayStateRe-BathpresidentJenniferByloe.Theapplicationprocessissimplecustomersupportisgreatandtheprocessingofpaymentsissimple.FormoreinformationonGreenSkyvisitwww.greensky-credit.com.CompotiteexpandslineslaunchesnewwebsiteCompotiteCorporationapio-neerintheshowerwaterproof-ingindustrysince1938hasannouncedanumberofupgradestomeetandexceedindustrydemands.Thermhasexpandeditshigh-qualityproductofferingtoincludenotonlywaterproongsolutionsforshowersandunderthin-settileinstallationsnewcut-ting-edgeproductsarenowofferedincludinglinearandsquaredrainstocomplementitsplumbingandtileproducts.Abrandnewlineofnichesandbenchestoenhanceanycustomshowerinstallationhasbeenaddedaswell.Additionallythermhasjustlaunchedaneweasy-to-navigatewebsitewhichshowcasesallCompotiteproductsandhighlightsthemanybenetsitoffers.ThenewCompotitedebutedatTotalSolutionsPlusinSan INDUSTRYNEWSAntonioTexasOctober27-29.ForinformationonCompotitephone800-221-1056orvisitwww.compotite.com.ArizonaTilehonoredwithIndustryPartnerawardsArizonaTilewasrecentlyrecog-nizedbyseveralassociationpartners.InTexasArizonaTilewww.ari-zonatile.comwastheproudrecip-ientsofanASIDLegacyofDesignawardpresentedonAugust13thattheannualLegacyofDesignAwardsheldatNewLifeHardwoodinDallas.ThisyearLegacyofDesigncreatedanewawardcat-egorytorecognizetheindustrypartnerswhoseproductsaremostfrequentlyusedbyLegacyentrantsTheLegacyWinnersCircle.InadditionArizonaTilewasmentionedseveraltimesdur-ingtheARCAwardspresentationonAugust16.USIRemodelingGordonZoellnerwasnamedRemodeleroftheYear.ThecompanysTempeandScottsdalesalesteamswereaward-edtheIndustryPartnerProductDesignTileDesignExcellenceawardsponsoredbytheArizonaNorthChapterofASIDatthe38thannualDesignExcellenceAwardsGalaonAugust9th.RolandArnoldandMeghanWisesubmittedentriesfromArizonaTilesnewJustDesignCustomWaterjetProgramseveralEarnMoreJobsEarnMoreMoneyandAvoidProblemsGetYourInstallersITSVerifiedTheTileInstallerThin-SetStandardsITSVerificationCertificateisawardedbytheUniversityofCeramicTileandStoneUofCTSandendorsedbytileandfloorcoveringassociationsinNorthAmerica.Tileinstallerswhosuccessfullycompletethis4-houronlinecoursethatteachesindustrystandardsandmethodsforadheredthin-setapplicationswillearntheITSCertificate.TheITSCertificatewillgiveyoucredibilitywithyourcustomersandwillenableyoutoearnmorejobsmakemoremoneyandavoidcostlyfailures.Coursematerialteachesindustrystandardsforthin-setinstallationapplicationsincludinghowtoinspectandpreparesubstratesthin-setmethodsandworkmanshiprequirements.TheITSonlinecourseisavailableinEnglishandinSpanish.AdditionalonlinetileandstonecoursesareavailablefromourwebsiteUnderstandingtheBasicsofCeramicTileandUnderstandingtheBasicsofNaturalStoneUofCTSstrainingcoursesareidealforinstallersarchitectssalespeopledesignersoranyoneinterestedintileandstone.infoUofCTS.orgwww.UofCTS.org866669-1550Only150pertuition247InternetAccessNoTravelExpensesNoLostProductivityCertificateIssuedVolumediscountsavailable.MembershipdiscountsavailablethroughCTDATTMACandWFCA.104TileLetterDecember2014 FreeStyleLinearDrainwww.noblecompany.comDOWNLOADPRODUCTFLYER2014TheNobleCompany.U.S.PatentNo.8474068Pat.Pend.CanadaandEPPublicationNo.2354339VisitNoblesNEWwebsitewww.noblecompany.comVIDEOSINFOANDMOREClampingringmakesFreeStylethemostwatertightinstallationonthemarketHighcapacityandlowprole...IdealforbarrierfreeshowersInternalslopewithatbottommakesforahassle-freeinstallationSTYLEFUNCTIONWITH NEWPRODUCTSmonthsagoandRolandacceptedtheawardatThePhoenicianResortinScottsdaleonAugust9thaswellasactingasoneofthreeemceesatthisyearsgala.ArizonaTilesupportsanumberofprofessionalorganizationsandassociationsthroughmembershipsandleadershippositions.TheyincludeAIAAmericanInstituteofArchitectsnationalandregion-alASIDAmericanSocietyofInteriorDesignersnationalandregionalBIABuildingIndustryAssociationIIDAInternationalInteriorDesignAssociationMIAMarbleInstituteofAmericaNAHBNationalAssociationofHomeBuildersandNKBANationalKitchenandBathAssociation.NEWPRODUCTSFinPanInc.amanufactureroftilebackerboardsandPreFormedshowerpansrecentlyintroducedtheClearPathCurblessShowerPanSystem.Thisinnovativebarrier-freeentryshowerrequiresnostructuralmodicationstotheexistingoor-joistsystem.ClearPathisdesignedtomaintainindependenceinlifewhileofferingfashionabledesignsinlevel-entryshowers.Idealfornewconstructionandremodel-ingprojectsitoffersnearlylimit-lessdesignoptions.Itdeliversahigh-performancecurblessshowersolutionwithafoundationthatfeaturesintegrateddrainassemblywaterproongmatandpre-pitchedoorforpropersloping.ThefoundationoftheClearPathstartswiththeClearPathDrainPlateandtheTI-ProBoard.Thedrainplatecomeswithintegrateddrainassemblywaterproongmatandispre-pitchedforproperslop-ing.TI-ProBoardisacompositeDallasTex.salesrepresentativesandshowroomassociatesfrontrowl.tor.BettyAnnYarboroughTamiMosleyKathieAhrensbackrowl.tor.KimRengerKelleyKrauseBonnieTierneyAlessandraAndrade.106TileLetterDecember2014 TheLargestU.S.-basedLaboratoryDedicatedtoTestingTileandStoneIndependentCondentialWideRangeofANSIASTMandISOTestsforCeramicandStoneTilesandSlabsCompleteISO1300613007TileGroutandMortarTestingDCOFAcuTestforCoecientofFrictionCOFAntimicrobialProductEcacyTestingSustainabilityTestingVOCEmissionsetc.RobinsonFloorTestandOtherInstallationMaterialsandSystemsTestsCustomTestingforResearchandProductDevelopmentProductPerformanceTestingLaboratory100ClemsonResearchBlvd.AndersonSCUSA29625864-646-8453www.tcnatile.comCBtcnatile.comEnglishEspaolItalianoPortugusPUTTHEINDUSTRYSLEADINGTESTINGANDRESEARCHLABORATORYTOWORKFORYOU NEWPRODUCTSstructuralunderlaymentthatofferstheabilitytoinstallClearPathdirectlyontopoftheoorjoists.TI-ProBoardwasoriginallydevel-opedfortilingexteriordecksandoffersaCommercialFloorRating.www.npan.comArtisticTileoffersStepsDimensionalMosaic.InspiredbythearchitectureoftheArtDecoeraStepsisathree-dimensionalcarvedmosaicdesignedforneutralsettingsthatrequiredimension.ShownhereinpolishedCalacattaGoldStepsisalsoavailableinpolishedNeroMarquinaandothercustomoptions.Itcanbeinstalledhorizontallyorverticallyorinanycustomdesignpatternoption.Boschindustrialsealantknifeoffersacombinationofdurabil-ityandspeedforremovaloftoughcaulkandsealants.Itusesthever-satilityandpowerofthemulti-toolforwhathastraditionallybeenahand-tooltask.Theone-piecedesignandindustrial-gradesteelhonedtoacontinuouscuttingedgeprovidesmaximumprecision.Thismaterialanddesigncombinationgivesthe3bladegreaterdura-bilityandmaximizescuttingpowereveninharshsiliconeanduretha-neremovaljobs.Theextra-thickbladedesignincreasesrigiditybladecanberesharpenedforevenlongerlife.Thebladecanbeusedtoplungeintotheworkareafromvariedanglesandremovemate-rialwithaccuracy.Additionallythedesignallowseasieraccesstotightspacesandcorners.Astrongbladetoolconnectionisprovi-dedbytheBoschOISinterfacesystem.InadditionBoschofferstheIndustrialSealantKnifewithanOISMaxinterfaceformaximumpowerandt.OISMaxisadirecttfortheFeinSuperCUTtool.www.bethepro.comCompotiteCorporationapio-neerintheshowerwaterproongindustrysince1938hasannouncedanumberofupgradestomeetandexceedindustrydemands.Thermhasexpandeditshigh-qualityprod-uctofferingtoincludenotonlywaterproongsolutionsforshowersandunderthin-settileinstallations108TileLetterDecember2014 CTEFCertiedTileInstallerseONLYTileInstallerCerticationrecognizedbythetileindustrywww.tilecareer.com864.222.2131SignatureSponsorsBostikCeramicsofItalyCoveringsCrossvilleCTDACustomBuildingProductsDaltileFloridaTileFlorimUSAJamesHardieLaticreteMAPEINTCASchluter-SystemsStonePeakTCNATECTileofSpainPlatinumSponsorsAmericanOleanCertainTeedMarazziUSAProSpecUSGHighExpectations NEWPRODUCTSnewcutting-edgeproductsarenowofferedincludinglinearandsquaredrainstocomplementitsplumbingandtileproducts.Abrandnewlineofnichesandbenchestoenhanceanycustomshowerinstallationhasbeenaddedaswell.ProductsincludetheestablishedComposealSeriesnowcomprisedofComposealBlueBluePVCShowerPanSheetMembraneforwaterproofngunderthick-bedtileinstallations.ComposealGoldCrackIsolationandWaterproofingSheetMembraneforuseunderhigh-qualitythin-settileinstallations.ComposealWhiteGoldSoundReductionCrackIsolationandWaterproofngSheetMembraneforuseunderhigh-qualitythin-settileinstallations.ComposealAquaShellLiquidAppliedWaterproofingandCrackIsolationMembraneforresidentialandcommercialuseunderhigh-qualitythin-settile.ComposealAquaShellHPHighPerformanceLiquidAppliedWaterproofingandCrackIsolationMembraneforuseinheavy-dutycommercialapplica-tionsunderhighqualitythin-settileinstallations.ComposealAquaShellRSRapidSettingLiquidAppliedWaterproofingandCrackIsolationMembraneforuseunderhigh-qualitythin-settileinstallations.www.compotite.comFloridaTiledesignedtheContinentDPcollectionwitharus-ticaestheticinthreestrongearthcolorsadeparturefromthecon-temporaryFloridaTileline.Thepaletteisfullofstronggraphicsandtonesthatworktogethertocreateanaturalvariationandiscomplementedbyastrongtexture.Thesurfaceofthetileisreminis-centofaslatewithlonglinearcleftingthatlendsbotharealisticlooktothesurfacebutcreatesasofttouch.TheproductlinealsoincludesaglasslistellotomatchallthreecolorsM12mosaicandfullbullnosepackage.ContinentDPhaspassedthenewDCOFAcuTestforcommercialoorinstallationsisGREENGUARDandPorcelainTileCertifedincludesupto40pre-consumerrecycledcontentandismadeintheUSA.www.oridatile.com110TileLetterDecember2014 AlphaProfessionalTools....................................89ARDEXAmericas.........................................61BarwaltToolCompany.....................................71Bellota................................................77BenoJ.GundlachCompany.................................20BlankeCorporation.......................................55Bostik.............................................82-83CeramicTileEducationFoundation............................109CeramicToolCompany....................................46Coverings2015.........................................39Coverings2015..........................112-insidebackcoverCustomBuildingProducts......................insidefrontcover-1Dal-TileCorporation.....................outsidefrontandbackcoversDuralUSA..............................................5EDCOInc..............................................24EGSEasyheat...........................................11EmserTile.............................................69FinPanInc..........................................36-37JosephLundgrenConsulting..................................10LackmondProductsInc.....................................73LATICRETEInternationalInc...........................centerspreadLATICRETEInternationalInc...............................2553MAPEI.............................................36-7MKDiamondProductsInc...................................15MLTSystems............................................63MasterWholesale.....................................28-29MasterHeat.........................................58-59MerkreteSystems..............................959799101MiracleSealantsAbrasives................................45NACProductsInc........................................41NobleCompany........................................105QuickShelf.............................................85Revestir2015...........................................67SGMInc..............................................92SawmasterDiamondToolsInc................................35Schluter-Systems.........................................93SlipGrip..............................................82SlipGuardSystems.......................................52Surfaces2015..........................................49TECInstallationSystems....................................43TexRite................................................17TileCouncilofNorthAmerica...............................107TILEEZE...........................................6575TI-ProBoard.............................................51UniversityofCeramicTileandStone...........................104wediCorp.............................................21ADVERTISERSINDEXTileLetterDecember2014111 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CERAMICPORCELAINGLASSMETALNATURALSTONEQUARTZ2014Dal-TileCorporationBEAUTYWITHOUTCOMPROMISESeasonWoodbyDaltilegivesyourcustomersthebeautyofreclaimedwoodwiththedurabilityofporcelaintile.Thisstunningcollectionisdesignedtolookandfeellikenaturalhardwoodbuthastheresilienceofporcelaintilemakingitperfectforanyroomwherehighfoottrafcorwaterisaconcern.FormoreinformationonSeasonWoodoranyotherDaltileproductsvisitdaltile.comSeasonWood.PhotofeaturesSeasonWoodinOrchardGrey6x488x4812x48and24x48.ADivisionofMohawkIndustries