Contractors & Installers

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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


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. 



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. 

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Installation Design Showcase

Installation Design Showcase: Tiny Houses


NTCA Five-Star Contractors and leading designers partnered together and collaborated to showcase the synergy between beautiful design and exceptional installation.

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Live Installation Demonstration Stage


One of the most popular features at Coverings, these live “how-to” classes offered attendees an up-close look at how top contracting pros handle a variety of challenging tile installations. 

Free Educational Sessions for Contractors & Installers Included:



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.


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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May 8-11