Stephanie Samulski is a project manager for the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) and the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF). Her tile career began in 1999 as a tile layer apprentice with BAC Local 32 in Detroit, where she worked mainly on commercial installations for Shores Tile Co. Now with TCNA and CTEF, Stephanie works on industry standards as well as knowledge and installation curricula for training and certification programs.
New product labeling and safety training requirements go into effect with major revisions to OSHA’s HazCom standard to be consistent with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)
The latest edition of the Handbook is available from Tile Council of North America (TCNA), with eight new methods included between its covers for specifying heated stone tile floors and curbless showers
For a flat tile installation with minimal lippage, a flat substrate is required beneath, especially true for larger tiles. With tiles getting ever larger and larger, substrate flatness has become an increasingly important consideration, particularly for tile contractors, who by necessity bid on jobs without knowing how flat the substrate they will inherit will be.
The Tile Council of North America (TCNA) is proudly celebrating 50 years of continuous publication of the TCNA Handbook, a compilation of generic (non-proprietary) guidelines for specifying and installing ceramic, glass and stone tile
Due to new guidelines, TCNA Handbook steam shower installation methods now require either a bonded waterproof wall membrane with a water vapor permeance (perm rating) of 0.5 perms or less, or use of a secondary vapor retarder membrane
All floor tile installation methods in the 2011 TCNA Handbook will include a new category of information: Typical Weight of Tile Installation. Under this subhead, the Handbook user will find the estimated weight of the tile installation.
In this issue of TILE Magazine, we focus on sustainability. Through two detailed technical focuses, learn more about the importance of hygiene in any tile and stone installation. Marco Galliozzi of Fila Chemicals USA Corp. explains more about why cleaning and sealing tile and stone surfaces is important to ensuring the longevity of these materials, while Art Mintie, Sr. of Laticrete details the increasing demand of antimicrobials. Also be sure to check out the range of new tile collections that are available on the market in our detailed product showcase.