Throughout the pages of TILE each issue, we continually share information about the importance of proper tile installations. Using the appropriate products and correct methods are crucial to a successful installation that will stand the test of time. And while I have known this — mostly from attending seminars during trade shows and talking with manufacturers of various tile and installation products — I recently had the opportunity to experience firsthand what it takes to install tile correctly and the consequences if corners are cut.
I have to give a “thank you” to Schluter-Systems for extending an invitation to myself and our managing editor, Heather Fiore, to attend one of its workshops. It just so happened one of the summer sessions was held in our neighborhood. For two full days, Heather and I sat in on educational presentations, which covered flooring and shower applications. While the seminar did specifically address working with Schluter products, the education went far beyond that. It was continually stressed why it is important to install tile correctly and illustrations were given to what can happen when you don’t.