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Uncover opportunities in today’s flooring installation market and profit from them. Make connections with hundreds of global suppliers of in-demand materials and tools on the exhibit floor. Certify your team, gain technical advice, or explore new technologies and get a leg up on your competition. You belong at Coverings.

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Contractor Days:
April 5-6


These days are designed to facilitate enhanced learning and networking opportunities through guided tours on the show floor, roundtable lunch, focused education sessions for contractors/installers and more - all for FREE. 

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CID Awards

Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards


The CID Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial projects. Win $2,500 and a free stay in Orlando! Submissions due January 6.

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Installation Design Showcase

Installation Design Showcase: Tiny Houses


NTCA Five-Star Contractors and leading designers will partner together and collaborate to showcase the synergy between beautiful design and exceptional installation. Be inspired by the live installation of three tiny houses on the Coverings show floor. 

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Live Installation Demonstration Stage


One of the most popular features at Coverings, these live “how-to” classes offer attendees an up-close look at how top contracting pros handle a variety of challenging tile installations. Attendees will see exactly how to install a wide variety of new products and learn techniques to make tile and stone installation more successful.

Attend Free Educational Sessions for Contractors & Installers



Top 5 Reasons Why Tile Installations Fail*
Presenter: National Tile Contractors Association  

Introduction to Tile Industry Standards and How to Use Them to Your Advantage:
Presenter: National Tile Contractors Association

How to Become a Certified Tile Installer*
Presenter: Ceramic Tile Education Foundation

Ceramic Tile Grouts: Types and Characteristics
Presenter:  TBD

Proper Substrate Preparation for Tile Installations*
Presenter: Tom Plaskota, Technical Support Manager, TEC

Innovative Tools in the Tile Industry*
Presenter: National Tile Contractors Association

Behind the Curtain to Zero-Incident Safety!™
Presenter: David Sarkus, MS, CSP, Speaker, Consultant and Coach

Critical Changes to Industry Standards, Guidelines, and Best Practices
Presenters: TBD

Hiring and Retaining the Right People
Presenter: Fails Management Institute


Turning Your Project Managers into Business Managers
Presenter: Ryan Howsam, CRIS, LEED AP BD+C, Management Consultant, Risk Management Practice, FMI Peer Group Discipline Leader, FMI

Risk Management Strategies: What You Do Not Know Can Break You
Presenter: TBD

Connecting Actual Job Costs Back to Estimating
Presenter: TBD

Using Online Education and Apprenticeship to Improve Company Performance
Presenter:  National Tile Contractors Association

New Directions for Gauged Porcelain Tile
Presenters: Dan Marvin, Ben Szell, and Noah Chitty, MAPEI Americas

Care & Maintenance Interactive Experience: Cause, Cure & Prevention
Presenter: Rod Sigman: Custom Building Products

Tile Shower Installation Systems - Design Trends and Techniques
Presenter: Art Mintie: Laticrete International

Membranes: When, Where, Why and What
Presenter: Eric Edelmeyer, MAPEI Americas

*Sessions also presented in Spanish.


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Need CTI or ACT Certification? Become a Certified Tile Installer (CTI) or receive your Advanced Certification for Tile Installers (ACT) on site at Coverings.

Watch the 2016 contractor/installer sessions again (or catch up on what you missed last year) and get excited for what we have in store for 2017.

"From the Field" Panel Discussion


The Coverings 2016 panel discussion, From the Field, features NTCA Recognized Ceramic Tile & Stone Consultants, including Donato Pompo, Dave Gobis, and Richard Goldberg.  Topics include concrete substrates and bonding challenges, common investigative tests for installation, grout problems, tile problems, movement accommodations, lippage and lighting, and more!


Remodeler/Contractor Industry Challenges


In the Coverings 2016 keynote session, Turning Industry Challenges into Opportunities and Opportunities into Profits,  remodeling educator, speaker and business coach, Shawn McCadden, President of Remodel My Business, Inc., provides a motivational and instructional message to help remodelers and contractors in the tile and stone industry overcome current challenges including shortages of skilled workers, government regulations, and more.



I love what I do. I love the people, relationships, and creativity in the tile and stone industry. The challenge is educating [clients] so they recognize the value in knowledge, creativity and professionalism.” -Dominic M., Marietta, GA


Like other contractors and installers who attend Coverings, Dominic attends Coverings to find solutions to his daily challenges and for the:

  • Conference Sessions
  • Live Demos
  • Networking Opportunities

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