Coverings '18

Features & Programs

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Coverings offers something for everyone in the tile & stone industry. From live installation demonstrations and tours of the show floor, to networking events and educational seminars, your four days at Coverings will be packed with things to see and experience. Click on the images below for a pop-up preview.
Art Tile Courtyard

Art Tile Courtyard

The Art Tile Courtyard is a popular destination at Coverings year after year. Located in the Tile Council of North America Pavilion, the 2017 Art Tile Courtyard featured an assembly of decorative dog houses made out of tile. Attendees were able to see tiles from an extensive collection of artisans and play with (or adopt) local puppies. Check back for updates on the theme of the 2018 Art Tile Courtyard. 

Audio Tours

Audio Tours

Explore Coverings at your own pace. Grab a headset and take advantage of the pre-recorded audio tours! It's like having your own personal tour guide of Coverings. Last years' tours included: Coverings 101, Coverings 101 en español, Trends Tour, and Installation Materials and Systems Tour. Stay tuned for updates on 2018 audio tours.

Ceramic Tile & Education Foundation

Ceramic Tile & Education Foundation

The CTEF Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program is the only third-party assessment of installer skill and knowledge which is recognized by the tile industry. It also offers Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) testing. CTI testing and ACT will be offered at Coverings 2018. 

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City of Atlanta and Coverings Student Competition

City of Atlanta and Coverings Student Competition

Coverings 2018 and the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs have partnered to develop a student competition that will create three artistic public benches for the City of Atlanta. The three winning structures will receive cash prizes and will be constructed by Certified Tile Installers who have passed the CTEF test. They will be displayed at Coverings and permanently installed in Atlanta after the show.

Atlanta metro area graduate or undergraduate students should enter by March 1.

Coverings Celebration

Coverings Celebration

New for 2018! On Thursday, May 10 join your industry friends for a tailgate party at the College Football Hall of Fame located next to the Georgia World Congress Center. Wear a sports jersey, choose your favorite college football team, and get ready to celebrate the end of another great Coverings show.

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Coverings Connect

Coverings Connect

Relax, charge personal devices, and network with others in the Coverings Connect Lounge. Coverings Connect also presents a series of educational seminars, called “Byte” sessions. These 15 minute sessions have a digital focus and will provide tips and tricks for growth through social media and online channels. 
Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards

Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards

The Coverings Installation & Design Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile & stone in both residential and commercial projects. The installer and designer of prize winning projects each receive up to $3,000 and a one-night stay in Atlanta and more. 

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Coverings Rock Stars – An Emerging Leaders Program

Coverings Rock Stars – An Emerging Leaders Program

The Coverings Rock Stars program is to recognize and engage with the best and brightest young talent in the tile & stone industry, sharing their successes and vision for future generations. The program underscores Coverings’ mission to support the growth and success of the industry by recognizing top-notch talent and fostering networking and educational opportunities. 

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Extended Show Hours with Networking Event

Extended Show Hours with Networking Event

Join attendees and exhibitors on Tuesday, May 8 for extended show hours and a chance to visit the world of tile & stone featuring happy hour specials, musical guests and lots of fun surprises.

Global Monument Hand-Print Mural

Global Monument Hand-Print Mural

The Tile Heritage Foundation invites all Coverings 2018 attendees and exhibitors to leave their imprint on tile for the Donor Wall for Posterity at Coverings.

With just a $25 donation, you can press your hands, name, thoughts or logos into a wet clay tile and become a part of the mural. The Monumental Hand-Print Mural will be installed at TCNA headquarters in Anderson, South Carolina. To participate, sign up during the Coverings registration process.

Happy Hours

Happy Hours

Afternoon happy hours will take place on the show floor from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The happy hours are the ideal opportunity to network with colleagues and make new connections.
Installation Design Showcase

Installation Design Showcase

The Installation Design Showcase is always a "must-see" attraction at Coverings. Again in 2018, the Showcase will feature the live installation of tile & stone in three tiny houses on the Coverings show floor. NTCA Five Star Contractors and leading designers have partnered together to showcase the synergy between beautiful design and exceptional installation.

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The Installation Experience

The Installation Experience

New for 2018! Learn about installation best practices including innovations in thin tile, tile over tile, and other tips to make your projects shine. Also as part of the Experience, find out what you need to get certified.
Live Installation Demo Stage

Live Installation Demo 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. Attendees are able to see exactly how to install a wide variety of new products and learn techniques to make tile & stone installation more successful. The 2018 schedule will be available a few months prior to the show. 
Mobile App

Mobile App

Navigate Coverings like a pro with the help of the Coverings Mobile App. New features on the 2018 app include:

  • Online New Product Showcase - Through the app, discover the new products exhibitors are bringing to Coverings 2018. Mark favorites and visit those booths on the show floor.
  • In-Person Connections - Meet face-to-face at Coverings. Add your profile in the app so attendees and exhibitors can connect with you directly and request a meeting through your profile. There will be a dedicated lounge space onsite so you can meet and network in-person.

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Orientation Theatre

Orientation Theatre

Don’t miss the brand-new Orientation Theatre at Coverings 2018! Regroup and get all the information you need to make the most of your time at the show including answers to the most frequently asked questions and tips and tricks for tackling the massive show floor. 

 

SFA & The Stone Zone

SFA & The Stone Zone

The Stone Fabricators Alliance (SFA) is an organization dedicated to the education of the fabricator. The SFA presented ongoing demonstrations and educational “how-to” topics in their booth that are specifically designed for fabricators and installers. They also be featured products that were “born on the SFA” (products designed by fabricators for fabricators). The SFA demo schedule will be released in Spring 2018. 

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