Summer is right around the corner. The weather has been getting warmer with each passing day and all of the flowers are in bloom. Birds are up early chirping and the chatter of children is flooding the streets late into the night. Everything seems to come to life during this time of the year.

A couple of months ago in sunny Florida, where summer weather frequents almost every day, Coverings celebrated its 30th anniversary. The largest international tile and stone exhibition in North America, which returned to Orlando this year, took place from April 9 to 12 at the Orange County Convention Center. The annual tradeshow welcomed more than 1,100 exhibitors from 40 countries, as well as thousands of national and international visitors.

“The strong attendance on the first day of Coverings and thousands of inspiring displays from our global exhibitors truly showcases significant growth in the tile and stone industry,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “We’re honored to continue fostering valuable connections and expanding industry knowledge.”

In celebration of Coverings’ anniversary, attendees were greeted by music from the show’s 1989 launch year and a timeline with highlights that showcased the show’s long-standing history and recognized exhibitors who’ve participated annually. This year’s event had some of the most innovative products on display for 2019, which you can learn more about on page 16.

We also gathered a valuable list of the newest underlayments and membranes that have hit the market, which can be viewed on page 36. Following that, you can check out some of latest tile tools and accessories from the industry’s top manufacturers on page 40.

Reflecting back on this year so far has been very rewarding. I’ve traveled from coast to coast to attend some of the largest tile and stone exhibitions, as well as overseas to see what is happening in all sectors of the industry. This year has already been filled with a lot of action and it’s only half-way done. Looking ahead to the rest of the year, I am excited for what it has in store.




Heather Fiore