Use a Quality Installer

Use a Quality Installer

About Use a Quality Installer

All too often consumers hire tile setters who present the lowest bids, claiming that they “have been setting tile for 30 years.” Uninformed consumers assume they are getting skilled tile and stone installers who will do great work. Unfortunately, a substantially low bid is generally an indication of inexperience — hardly the kind of person you want to install hundreds, if not thousands of dollars worth of tile or stone in your home!

Most installers have not had any formal training for installing tile; they frequently learn on the job from other installers, for better or worse, and many of them are not up-to-date on industry standards, if at all.

Consumers make a big mistake by going cheap on installation labor and not taking the time to qualify installers. The best way for consumers to help ensure that their tile will be installed per industry standards is to make sure their installer is either a Certified Tile Installer through the Union or CTEF, or that they are at least ITS Verified through the University of Ceramic Tile and Stone.

Certification is a win-win for both the consumer and the installer. First, it gives the installer credibility in the eyes of a potential client; and second, it gives the consumer some assurance that the installer knows and will apply industry standards on the job. Ultimately, certification leads to more business and helps installers and consumers avoid costly problems!

The ITS Verification course is a 4-hour online course that teaches industry standards for tile and stone installations. It can be taken all at once in one sitting, or in sections, anytime over the two week registration period.  Learn more here.

About the Tilewise Cartoons

TileWise cartoons were developed under Donato Pompo's leadership for Club '84 (Ceramic Tile Action Group).  Club '84 was a non-profit organization of accomplished individuals from all segments of the ceramic tile industry.  The group's mission was to develop and distribute educational aids to educate, train and bring quality awareness to the distributors, specifiers, installers, and consumers of Ceramic Tile.

The TileWise cartoons were created to communicate issuses and concerns in the business of using ceramic tile for all segments of the industry.  The objective was to educate to promote the quality use of ceramic tile.  In each cartoon the screen exaggerates what you shouldn't do or emphasizes an issue or concern, then George the Bucket (named after CTI founder George Lavenberg) says what is correct.  The cartoons ran for twelve years in each issue of the Tile Industry News, a major industry publication, published by the Ceramic Tile Institute until 1999 when it ceased.

Use these cartoons to educate your customers and employees to help avoid potential problems, and to promote a positive image of your company through newsletters, posters or mailings.

We hope you can put these cartoons to good use to help your industry and your business, and we know you will certainly benefit from them if you do.  Good Luck!

The TileWise Cartoons will be displayed and available for your use. Restricted to limited single use. Randy’s cherished wife, Suzanne, is working hard to care for their precious sons, Rudie and Remie. Randy’s sudden illness left them with limited resources. If you can benefit from the use of the TileWise Cartoons, and if you can afford it, a donation to Randy's family would be very much appreciated. Please see form below to pledge whatever amount you would like to donate.

Right click the cartoon of your choice (Restricted to limited single use) and do a "Save Picture As..." to your hardrive.

(over 50 TileWise cartoons for your pleasure, and to use to educate your customers and employees)

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