In this edition, we sat down with Shaun Edrington, owner/operator of Edrington’s Floor Coverings in Louisville, KY.
TILE: How did you first get involved in the tile industry? Please explain a little bit more about yourself.
Edrington: I started at a commercial flooring store in Louisville doing lots of different surfaces. Tile stood out to me as being the most challenging and that appealed to my personality, and from there, my passion grew.
TILE: Are you a company owner? If so, what were some reasons for starting your own business?
Edrington: Yes. I am the owner/operator of Edrington’s Floor Coverings based in Louisville, KY. I started my own business because I wanted my passion for my craft to translate to me making a living for myself. And hopefully one day pass it on to my son, if that’s what he wants to do.
TILE: Has the tile industry changed much since you first started? If so, in what ways?
Edrington: Yes it has. It’s always evolving and it’s important that we stay educated and evolve with it. Technology is starting to influence the trade more and more and I personally love it, where some guys prefer older methods.
TILE: Is there a particular job you’ve completed that stands out? Why?
Edrington: About two years ago, my grandparents bought an older home that they wanted to rehabilitate and move into. The floors were severely unlevel and unstable. I spent a couple weeks prepping the job (jacking up the house, lots of self leveler) and I prepped it so that we could have a common height across different materials throughout the first floor and eventually drop down into a curbless shower. My grandmother had a stroke a year and a half later leaving her with some severe mobility issues and she definitely would not be able to get around as well had we not achieved that common height. I guess that instance stands out because my tile knowledge directly benefited someone’s quality of life.
TILE: What are some common issues you have to deal with on the jobsite? How do you overcome them?
Edrington: We’ve run into a couple scenarios where designs have changed mid-job. I saw this as an opportunity to show patience and help come up with a new design.
TILE: What are some steps you take to educate your customers about their tile installation before you begin?
Edrington: I often reference the NTCA Handbook. And if need be, I’ll show them examples of jobs that I’ve come across that have failed and examples why.
TILE: If you could lend any advice to professionals just beginning their careers, what would it be?
Edrington: Growing up, my grandfather used to tell me, “An education is the one thing no one can take away from you.” Develop a thirst for knowledge; it will pay off. I would also tell them that passion and success are proportionate to one another.
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