NTCA training director Gerald Sloan (left) and NTCA Training and Education Committee chairman Dan Welch of Welch Tile and Marble will conduct live demonstrations on the installation stage during the Coverings show, April 29-May 2 in Orlando.


One of the most popular features of the Coverings show is the series of live demonstrations that are conducted on the TCNA installation stage; this year will be no exception. NTCA training director Gerald Sloan will partner with NTCA Training and Education chairman and NTCA region 6 director Dan Welch to offer a series of live demos that address the challenges of lippage, warpage and lighting in ceramic tile installations.

NTCA will offer two half-hour demos a day (one on Friday). The curriculum will also include a session on installing large format tiles and two on evaluating and correcting unsuitable substrates. Demo schedules follow.

Tuesday, April 29
12:15-12:45 pm: Identifying potential problems of the substrate for walls and floors
2:45-3:15 pm: Correcting unsuitable substrates

Wednesday, April 30
12:15-12:45 pm: Understanding lippage in ceramic tile installations
2:45-3:15 pm: Understanding warpage in ceramic tile and the effects this can have on an installation

Thursday, May 1
12:15-12:45 pm:  Critical lighting and the battle that must be fought
2:45-3:15 pm: Proper grout joint width and installation for large format tile

Friday, May 2
12:15-12:45 pm: Complete overview of lippage, warpage and lighting issues with practical strategies to solve problems associate with them.