Exterior weather tile installations

By Chris Walker
June 12, 2019

  Let it rain, snow, freeze, thaw... Mother Nature is very unforgiving. She will almost certainly exploit any error or omission incorporated into an exterior installation. Doing it right is always important; for exterior installations, it’s...
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Generation T: A movement to rebuild skilled labor

By Becky Serbin
June 05, 2019
, By Becky Serbin
June 05, 2019

    We are excited to announce that NTCA has decided to partner with Lowe’s Home Improvement in an effort to help combat the skilled labor shortage. I thought it was important to let everyone know how this partnership came about.
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NTCA University needs help creating course content

By Becky Serbin
May 29, 2019

    Before Coverings commenced last month, the NTCA board met in Orlando. During the meeting it was announced that Brad Denny, Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Co., Inc., and Sam Bruce, Visalia Ceramic Tile, Inc., would be the Chairman and Vice-Chairman,...
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How to be prepared in case a project goes sideways

By Chris Walker
May 22, 2019
, By Chris Walker
May 22, 2019

    Many commercial projects start with pre-construction meetings at the job site. The general contractor and tile contractor’s project manager, field manager and a variety of other players usually are there. These meetings typically occur months...
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10 tips for a tile apprentice to get to the top

By Benjamin Santos
May 15, 2019

      I entered this business needing a job and responding to a Craigslist ad. Simple as that. No glory, no sign on bonus, no “Welcome to the team, son!” When I tell people about these circumstances, they’re shocked. The words “Craigslist ad”...
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Move from paper and pen to the digital age with FieldPulse

By NTCA Staff
May 01, 2019

    One of NTCA’s newest benefits is business management software that makes it easy to manage your service business at your office or on the go. Available for iOS, Android, and computer WebApp, FieldPulse helps different service companies such...
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Development skills available on NTCA University

By Becky Serbin
April 24, 2019
, By Becky Serbin
April 24, 2019

    As more and more contractors are hiring new employees, a common theme emerges. Let’s take a look at this scenario and see if it sounds like something that you have come across:
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Knowing what to charge. How much is enough?

By Chris Walker
April 17, 2019
, By Chris Walker
April 17, 2019

    If you spend any time on tile-related social media sites, you’ll notice that the question, “How much should I charge?” is a common topic. People are frequently asking for affirmation or information on how to price their work.
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Vacations at a deep discount

By NTCA Staff
April 10, 2019

Getting valuable time away with family and friends – or even traveling to industry events to enrich your knowledge of the industry and network with likeminded people – can be costly, when you add up airfare, hotel, car rentals and more. But ...
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Why Coverings is my favorite trade show

By Becky Serbin
April 03, 2019

    While my job description focuses on different educational opportunities such as NTCA University for our contractors, I have always enjoyed being educated. I can easily admit that I am not an expert even though at times, I think that I am. And...
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