Today more than ever, the world’s
ceramic tile community rightly insists that its products be considered as an
installed system. They fully recognize that tile doesn’t serve its purpose or demonstrate
its capabilities until it’s not only properly manufactured but installed. This
is also where the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation dedicates most of its
efforts. It should also be extremely important to retailers or contractors who
do business in tile to fully grasp the technical basis for a successful job,
and to understand the critical properties of ceramic tile and the environment
in which the tile will be installed.
last time we used this space for a mailbag it proved very popular. Since that
time I have been collecting more questions and will focus on those with a broad
range of interests in the flooring world.
One area of ceramic tile installation that has been receiving increasing attention from both manufactures of setting materials and end users is that of crack isolation and waterproofing membrane systems.
As the tile industry continues to grow, so does the size of the tile. Better technology is not only making large format tile readily available, but the quality is continually improving and selection is expanding. And consumers love it. Bigger tile means less grout and easier maintenance.
Been a rumor floating ‘round that there is a
shortage of skilled installers. In fact I bet you have heard it ever since you
first entered this business. The problem must have started back in the days of
the Roman Empire, maybe a little before.
I would like to suggest a surefire way for building wealth and assuring long term success in the flooring business: create and maintain a well trained, highly knowledgeable workforce. In all my years in the ceramic tile industry, the need for education and training has always been readily apparent.