Given the present state of our economy in the United States, it is even more important than ever to receive the best value in whatever you purchase.
This is especially true when selecting a tile installer for your project. Realize that the beauty and quality of a ceramic tile installation are designed to last for many years and common sense tells us that we "should" select the tile installer with the best skills and qualifications.
Until recently this was a challenge since there was no tile industry supported method to provide the consumer with a choice. Now with the CTEF Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program, consumers can go to the CTEF website and view the CTEF Directory which includes a list of the experienced tile installers who have the proven skills and knowledge to install your project correctly the first time.
The tile industry now supports language calling for the use of qualified labor. The 2012 edition of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook now includes this language. "The Handbook Committee and the Tile Council of North America strongly recommend using installers who have demonstrated their commitment to their craft and taken the time to stay current with the latest materials and methods." Likewise, ARCOM, the company responsible for producing the MasterSpec documents which architects use to write their specifications, now states: "Installer employs Ceramic Tile Education Foundation Certified Installers."
Whether your installation is residential or commercial, the wise consumer will bypass the tempting unqualified low bid and select the tile installer that has proven that he or she has what it takes to provide a beautiful and long lasting tile installation.