During the opening session, the Tile Council of North America presented the 2011 TCNA Handbook for Ceramic, Glass, & Stone Tile Installation, the industry standard reference for tile installation methods. The 2011 edition has been revamped for ease-of-use and now includes methods for installing glass and stone tile. Plus, numerous new sections have been added, bringing the Handbook to more than 300 pages. Guides for the selection of ceramic tile, glass tile, stone tile, setting materials and many other products are just a few of the new additions. Also, for the first time, the Handbook includes a directory of tile contractors with Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) certified tile installers.
During the show, fourteen installers worked diligently to complete the CTEF’s Certified Installer program, which included a hands-on installation module as well as a written exam. After completing the course, two lucky installers won tile tools donated for the event by Sigma Tools.
Installation was also featured at the Installation Design Showcase, a combined live-action demonstration and exhibit that featured conceptual bath vignettes by three leading designers. The vignettes took shape in full view of attendees as experienced tile contractors working applied their skills to the installation. The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) helped to spearhead this initiative, which is in its second year.
“In our view, the Installation Design Showcase is the crown jewel of this year’s Coverings and effectively tells the tile and stone story,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of events for National Trade Productions, which manages and produces Coverings. “Yes, the three rooms that evolve over the course of the show are loaded with ideas and inspiration. But, witnessing the progressive process of what it takes to make a design come to life has the power to instill a greater respect and appreciation for the professional tile installer. That’s an objective we’re happy to help achieve.”
Coverings 2012 will be held April 17-20 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. For more information, visit www.coverings.com .