NTCA Releases Annual Contractor Reference Manual for 2023

Flowood, MS, August 30, 2023-The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) Reference Manual-an annual compendium of standards-based industry wisdom, tips, and techniques in a cause/cure/prevention format-is now available. 

NTCA Members are currently receiving this 338-page volume as part of their membership, but other industry members can obtain their copy at the NTCA online store at in print or in PDF format.  

The NTCA Reference Manual is updated annually, through two meetings of the NTCA Technical Committee each year.

Changes are made at the discretion of the Committee members. Both Becky Serbin, NTCA Education and Curriculum Director, as well as Dan Lambert of NTCA Five-Star Contractor Member Lambert Tile and Stone, Eagle, Colo., have invested countless hours in updates and revisions in this edition, an ongoing process. Editorial updates and additions to the 2023-2024 NTCA Reference Manual include:

Editorial updates

• Chapter 2 Substrates 21

• Chapter 3 Membranes 83

• Chapter 5 Thin-Bed Method Installation 111

New additions

• Handmade Tile Installation 240

• Handmade Tile Installation Techniques and Tips 241

• Mesh Mounted Mosaics in Wet Areas 222

• Profiles 35

• Profile Issues for Tile and Stone Installations 36

• Pressed Cement Tile 236

• Pressed Cement Tile Maintenance issues 239