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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. Here's a review of Coverings 2017 show features:

Audio Tours

New in 2017! The Coverings mobile app featured four pre-recorded audio tours designed to help you explore Coverings at your own pace. Tours included: Coverings 101, Coverings 101 en español, Trends Tour, and Installation Materials and Systems Tour.

Coverings Connect

The social media lounge was refreshed in 2017 as Coverings Connect. The space allowed attendees to relax, charge personal devices, and network with others. Coverings Connect presented a series of educational seminars, called “Byte” sessions that have a digital focus. 

Appreciation Days

Our segment-focused Appreciation Days were created to facilitate enhanced learning and networking opportunities for attendees. The Coverings Appreciation Days featured tailored guided tours of the show floor, lunch, focused education sessions and more.

NASCAR Racing Experience

New for 2017, attendees enjoyed a NASCAR Racing Experience right on the show floor at Coverings. With the NASCAR Racing Experience, attendees had the opportunity to find out what it’s like to be a NASCAR driver. Racers with the fastest simulator times each day won two tickets to the NASCAR events of their choice.

Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards

The Coverings Installation & Design Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial projects. The installer and designer of prize winning projects each recieved $2,500 and a one-night stay in Orlando and more. Submissions are closed.

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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 and 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.

View 2017 Rock Stars


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 were offered at Coverings 2017. 

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Installation Design Showcase - Tiny House Edition

The Installation Design Showcase is a must-see attraction. In 2017, three tiny houses were featured on the Coverings show floor. NTCA Five Star Contractors and leading designers partnered together and collaborated to showcase the synergy between beautiful design and exceptional installation. Each tiny house highlighted a different design aesthetic and featured a live installation of tile throughout the show.

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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. Attendees were able to see exactly how to install a wide variety of new products and learn techniques to make tile and stone installation more successful.

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).

Happy Hours!

Afternoon happy hours took place on the show floor from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm on Tuesday through Thursday during Coverings 2017.  

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.

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May 8-11