7 Tile Resources that All Design Professionals Should Know

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

I have compiled a list of 7 of the best tile resource websites for professionals. Please use the comments to post any other resources I missed (no sales sites please, as I’ll just delete them).

Ceramic Tile Distributors Association: CTDA’s online education is best in class. Although there is a fee, the classes are an indispensable tool for training and well worth the expense. The site also includes a list of distributors which you can sort by geography and informative literature on sustainability, preventing mold, and using stone tile.

Tile Dealer Magazine: Tile Dealer is a professionally written and edited glossy magazine that is published quarterly by the CTDA. It has just moved to an all digital format, and reaches over 33,000 industry professionals each issue.

National Tile Contractors Association: The lead trade association for tile contractors, NTCA helps to disseminate best practices for tile installation. They also publish Tile Letter, one of the largest circulation newsletters in the tile industry.

Tile Council of North America: TCNA seeks to expand the market for tile in North America. One of the most important services it provides is the creation and testing of standards for tile products. TCNA labs test new tiles on more than two dozen standards, including chemical and stain resistance and coefficient of friction.

Tile Magazine: An independent publication of BNP Media, Tile regularly features content from the tile associations of Italy, Spain, Brazil and Turkey and has a handful of blogs on topics of interest to the tile community.

Marble Institute of America: MIA was established to promote the use of natural stone, and so their website provides resources to designers, installers, retailers and homeowners about selecting, installing and maintaining natural stone.

Tileist: A great blog written by Jen Renzi who authored the book, The Art of Tile. Her musings on ceramic tile provide inspiration for design and remind us of how deep the tradition of tile is.

2 Responses to “7 Tile Resources that All Design Professionals Should Know”

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