New handbook for tile industry

Update on standards, test methods By Dale Kempster Over the last few years there has been a lot of work conducted by various tile associations. This work has resulted in new standards, revisions and a new handbook that you should be aware of. There have been a lot of developments, making it an exciting time to be in the tile […]

ROM dinosaurs roam TTMAC’s social night

At its annual members’ social night, the Terrazzo, Tile & Marble Association of Canada (TTMAC) of Concord, Ont., over 150 participated in an evening of networking at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto, Ont. According to Violeta Ivanescu, TTMAC operations manager, the association represents 279 companies across Canada, while the event is held at […]

Training suggestions wanted

We are in the midst of a very warm and sunny summer. Hope everyone enjoys it, as we all know that we will miss this weather so much come October. Like every summer, many events take place, organized either by the association or by its members. In June we have hosted the Annual Convention in […]

Controlling liabilities = profit

By Vincent Lamont Most entrepreneurs underestand that controlling all the elements of risk associated with a business has a net effect of better controlling the outcome and profit associated with the operation. In my experience as a flooring contractor, knowledge is undoubtedly the driving force in obtaining this goal. I confess that I have probably […]

Top five waterproofing mistakes with hard-surface installations

By Dale Kempster Most tiled shower failures are completely avoidable and are due to mistakes made while waterproofing. Unfortunately, when a mistake is made the consequences can be severe and the repair cost can be excessive. Following installation guidelines in the TTMAC Specification Guide 09 30 00 for Tile Installation can help avoid these five […]

Tile and stone projects: roles and responsibilities

Two of the most important aesthetic components of construction are the floors’ and walls’ finishes. We often don’t realize the extent of collaboration required between the design team, general contractors, finish installers, finish suppliers and material manufacturers, to ensure long-term use of the completed installation. Each component of construction is regulated by codes from municipalities, […]


The enduring value of terrazzo By Glen Pestrin The only way to describe terrazzo is “limitless.” The palette of colours and applications for this product is limitless. A trip to TTMAC head office to review the new terrazzo samples will prove this. From bright lime green to subtle beige with mother of pearl chips, the […]

‘Green’ and sturdy

The lasting value of ceramic products By Ryan Fasan Products labelled green are too often only trendy and fashionable, but truly sustainable construction with truly green products can bring financial benefits and ultimately result in better buildings. For any cladding to be considered sustainable it must be durable enough to survive in-situ for the life […]

With a point and a click

Crucial TTMAC resources are simple to access Writing project specifications is a detailed, time-consuming task that can require review and evaluation of very large amounts of information. To assist specifiers, the Terrazzo, Tile & Marble Association of Canada (TTMAC) has published a clear, concise and downloadable master specification guide. The guide is written as a […]

Membership has its privileges

Ensuring the quality of hired workers Successful contractors know their own strengths and know when to bring in another pro to help get the best results. But finding the right people who meet your high standards for quality and professionalism can be a challenge. One source that is too frequently overlooked is an industry association, […]