The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) will be holding live demonstrations each day on four important categories for tile contractors during Coverings 2009 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, to offer attendees an up-close look at how a variety of challenging tile installations are handled by top contracting professionals. Coverings will take place on April 21-24, and the NTCA will focus on a new challenge each day.

Led by the NTCA technical director Gerald Sloan, the NTCA workshop program is broken up into four categories, one for each day, with live demonstrations on the following topics:

Tuesday, April 21: Movement Accommodation – Allowing for expansion and contraction

Wednesday, April 22: Managing Water Intrusion – Installing tile in wet areas

Thursday, April 23: Proper Selection of Materials

Friday, April 24: The five most common mistakes made before the first tile is installed.

“We are proud to participate in such a worthy endeavor,” said Bart Bettiga, executive director of NTCA. “We now have a wonderful blend of non-proprietary demonstrations and exposure to new products and installation systems taking place almost every hour throughout the duration of the show. These kinds of activities give industry professionals one more reason to attend the show.”

NTCA is a non-profit trade association serving every segment of the industry, spearheading education for the professional installation of ceramic tile and allied products. For more information, please contact NTCA membership director Bob Brown at, via telephone at (601) 939-2071, or visit