Keeping Up With the Latest Ceramic Tile and Natural Stone Trends

New options offer a diverse palette but require great care when specifying
Sponsored by National Tile Contractors Association
1 AIA LU/HSW; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 AIBD P-CE; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.; This course can be self-reported to the NSAA; NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; OAA 1 Learning Hour; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how new aesthetic trends in tile and stone lead to better health and well-being for building occupants.
  2. Discuss the truth behind common misconceptions regarding tile and stone, including the importance of installation and installer qualifications.
  3. Describe how collaborating with manufacturers and other stakeholders leads to projects that better support health, safety, and wellness objectives.
  4. List hygienic and sustainable qualities of tile and stone that support goals for green building and health and wellness for occupants.

This course is part of the Tile Academy

In this presentation we look at the wide array of trends in the ceramic tile and natural stone industry and how these options have the potential to further the health, safety, and well-being of a building’s occupants. However, to gain the full benefits of ceramic tile and natural stone for projects, it is important to know how to specify products in a thorough manner for specific needs. In this presentation, we look at how the exciting options in the world of ceramic tile and stone, combined with the knowledge of how to budget, set expectations, and collaborate with manufacturers and other stakeholders, can lead to the best possible outcomes for a building and its occupants. Specifying for installation and obtaining highly qualified installers will lead to meeting aesthetic and functional expectations. Proper and thorough specification can also exceed expectations in terms of occupant happiness and, in the face of climate change, the environment.

Keeping Up

Photo Courtesy of Dal-Tile Distribution, LLC, a subsidiary of Mohawk Industries, Inc.

National Tile Contractors Association Established in 1947, the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the professional installation of ceramic tile and natural stone. With a membership made up of over 1,500 members, NTCA is one of the fastest growing trade associations in the U.S. construction industry. NTCA strives to improve the tile installation trade through education and training, participation in the development of standards and methods, and communication of our initiatives to related trades.


Originally published in November 2021