The Live Installation Demonstration Stage will showcase new products and information related to what contractors need to know about emerging installation trends. The NTCA will be conducting eight individual programs on the show's Installation Stage. "How-to" demonstrations will offer attendees an up-close, "live" look at a variety of issues challenging today's installers. These include:
- Thin Panel Porcelain Tile - Tools and Handling
- Thin Panel Porcelain Tile - Cutting and fitting
- Thin Panel Porcelain Tile - Installation and Setting
- Thin Panel Porcelain Tile - Grouting and Finishing
- CTI - Testing Tips
- ACT Testing Tips - Shower Pan
- ACT Testing Tips - Large Format Tile
- ACT Testing Tips - Mud Work and Membranes
NTCA Five-Star Member Contractors will be working closely with four top Las Vegas-area design teams on this year's Installation Design Showcase. The goal of the Installation Design Showcase is to bring to life, right on the show floor, the synergy that develops between the design team and the installation contractor. This showcase will illustrate exactly what happens when we pair innovative design concepts with highly trained installers.
Installations will include an indoor courtyard, a retail space, bar and a sustainable bathroom. Attendees can witness project inception-to-completion right on the show floor. Each designed space will highlight a different, highly creative aesthetic and feature tile and stone being installed live for viewers to observe.
Another feature of this year's show is the 25th Anniversary "After-Hours" Party at a Las Vegas nightclub to celebrate such an important milestone, which is being sponsored by the NTCA. There are a limited number of tickets available for registered attendees. Contact the NTCA for more information.
Additionally, NTCA will sponsor "Contractor Days," which will include tours of the show floor with lunch and happy hour. Only eight one-hour tours will be conducted and sign-ups are taken on a first-come, first served basis. Registration will include access to the Contractor Lounge as well. This focused program was created specifically for contractors to help them better understand the show layout and be exposed to new and creative and products.
Alike previous years, Coverings will also acknowledge winners of this year's Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards, which honor outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone. Winners will be announced at a reception/ceremony on Tuesday, April 29. The CID Awards celebrate creativity and technical know-how in the use of tile and stone in both residential and commercial projects. Projects are judged and awarded separately on technical installation and design, as well as international design, sustainable design and sustainable installation techniques.
"Coverings 2014 is a vital part of the NTCA's strategy," said Bart Bettiga, Executive Director of the National Tile Contractors Association and publisher of TileLetter and TADA. "It is the one time each year where we can share our knowledge and expertise with NTCA members and the entire industry. It is the one event that should NEVER be missed by tile industry professionals."