How hard could it be?: Why qualified labor matters.

By Chris Walker
August 07, 2019
, By Chris Walker
August 07, 2019

    I’ve been finishing my basement $200 dollars at a time for the last few years. It’s more of a stress reliever than a dedicated project. For the benefit of all humanity, I have been able to confirm two absolute truths: Practice makes perfect.
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Qualified Labor Graphics (part 2)

By Avia Haynes
July 31, 2019
, By Avia Haynes
July 31, 2019

    We hope you enjoyed last week’s graphics, Qualified Labor Graphics (part 1). If you missed the post, those graphics focused on how the design process and the installation process work together.
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How NTCA University sparked the NTCA apprenticeship program

By Becky Serbin
July 24, 2019
, By Becky Serbin
July 24, 2019

    As we are now fully into the dog days of summer, I have to say it was a great end to spring at NTCA. We officially received our tile finisher and tile setter National Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards from the Department of Labor (DOL)!
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Qualified Labor Graphics (part 1)

By Avia Haynes
July 17, 2019
, By Avia Haynes
July 17, 2019

    This year, the theme of the Installation & Design Experience (IDE) booth was qualified labor. It has been an important topic to NTCA, and we felt Coverings was a great place to share the qualified labor message to the rest of the industry.
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Tariffs help who?

By Chris Walker
July 10, 2019
, By Chris Walker
July 10, 2019

    As of this writing, it appears that in addition to tariffs already imposed on ceramic tile from China, an action filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) alleging dumping and unfair trade practices is moving forward as well....
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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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