Sustainability is at the forefront of design. Architects, designers, contractors, installers and even tile manufacturers are trying to find ways to incorporate green practices into their businesses nowadays.
Crystalline silica has always been an issue in the tile world, as well as the natural stone industry. Very small dust particles are produced. These tiny particles, known as respirable particles, can travel deep into workers’ lungs over time and cause various health issues.
Summer is in full effect. Warmer weather is bringing smiles to everyone's faces, much-needed vacations are finally being taken, and spontaneous late nights are becoming the new normal. Aside from endless ice cream and poolside memories, what is there not to love about this time of year?
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.
Each year, TILE Magazine is afforded opportunities to travel to different trade shows all over the world. Wherever we go, one thing remains the same: the tile industry never ceases to amaze us. Nationally and internationally, trends continue to grow and thrive. They even manage to intertwine, concocting innovative designs and ideas, which is a neat thing to see.
Business is thriving, markets are growing and big things are happening. It’s good to see positive signs of growth in the industry. As I sit here writing this, I’m preparing for one of the busiest times of the year here at TILE. The “trade show season” is about to commence — a period when industry events are hosted back-to-back.
Over the last year, I have been fortunate to travel to many different countries around the world. During my travels, I’ve observed how much of an impact the tile industry has on different regions. It’s truly amazing to see how a manmade material such as tile can affect different ways of business and life.
In this issue of TILE Magazine, see the latest Contractor Spotlight with Erin Albrecht, principal and executive vice president at J&R Tile, Inc., read about some recent tile installation case studies, see the latest product showcase, and much more!