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NTCA Five-Star friendships lay groundwork for business partnership

There are many benefits to being a contractor member of NTCA. If you are wondering what they are, take a look at the May...

New protection for Illinois contractors – the buck stops at contractual privity

Privity of contract: A concept in law providing that only parties to a contract can enforce their rights or claims against one another.  In late...

How will you stand out in a crowd of tile installers?

When I was 17, I started working with tile. Almost daily, when our crew would walk into the local sandwich shop or taqueria, we...

Three technologies you need to integrate into your business

Get ahead of the curve by becoming familiar with three new technologies One of the hardest things for a business to understand today is how, by how...

Creating a Coverings strategy to make the show work for you

By now, your Coverings planning should be in full swing. Do you have a strategy for navigating the thousands of square feet in the...

Why we all need Why Tile

Understanding the who, why, what, when and how of one of the industry’s more important initiatives Launched during Coverings 2017, the Why Tile® program is the tile...

How to make and keep workplace New Year’s resolutions

According to a study by New York Times bestselling authors Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield, three out of four people make a New Year’s...

Dodge Momentum Index increases in November

The Dodge Momentum Index moved 5.3% higher in November to 159.7 (2000=100) from the revised October reading of 151.7. The Momentum Index is a...

FinPan, Inc. hosts courses on AEC Daily

FinPan, Inc. is proud to announce that it now has two courses on AEC Daily. The second course, “Current Trends in Design: Curbless Shower...

Bonds and the construction process

What is a bond? No party enters into a construction contract expecting any party to default. Contracting parties, however, must manage the inherent risk of...

John Roberts Designs, LLC: from mud to membership and beyond

Roberts tells the tale of 40 years in the tile industry, and still going strong I started in the tile industry almost 40 years ago,...

Supervising: get bad at what you do

Manager. Foreman. Supervisor. Boss. These are all titles for the person who is responsible for getting a job done by directing other people. They...

Is there an information toxic dump in your office?

Does your organization have offices, file cabinets, storage rooms, and offsite facilities full of unidentified paper files and electronic documents? If so, you probably...

Risks regarding contingent payment and no compensation for delay clauses

“When” and “If” payment and “no damage for delay” verbiage can result in very different payment outcomes “Contingent payment” and “no compensation for delay clauses” can be very...

The change order process – what goes wrong?

Subcontracts issued from the prime contractor (referred to as “contractor” in this article) contain very descriptive language regarding the change order process. The language...

NTCA offers UofCTS online courses for thinset standards, and basics of ceramic tile and stone

Business Tip - September 2018 Failed tile installations are not only disappointments and inconveniences to owners, and very expensive problems to installers, both in terms...

The latest with Green Squared® – Certified Product Searchability

Earlier this year at Coverings, the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) announced a partnership with Ecomedes, creator of an online database of product...

Is your life out of balance?

Sometimes you just feel whacked out, or more likely, whack! It could be the lack of proper balance in your life. Just as a...

OSHA issues RFI to consider expansion of construction tasks and silica control measures

Business Tip - July 2018 In a recent article concerning the lack of leadership for OSHA as nominee Scott Mugno awaits Senate confirmation, authors Leah...

Construction Wages: skilled workers command higher pay

Business Tip - June 2018 In the TileLetter Weekly digital enewsletter disseminated on March 7, 2018, a recent study of wage data from the American...
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