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The Tile Council of North America (TCNA) provides the TCNA Handbook for Ceramic, Glass, and Stone Tile Installation as a guide, not a product, to assist in clarifying and standardizing installation specifications for tile. Each installation method requires a properly designed, constructed, and prepared substructure using materials and construction techniques that meet nationally recognized material and construction standards.

The quick reference details cover most installation methods and conditions. However, some installation methods and materials are not recognized and may not be suitable in some geographical areas because of local trade practices, climatic conditions, or construction methods. Therefore, while the goal of the Conference for the TCNA Handbook is to produce accurate guidelines, they should be used only with the independent approval of technically qualified persons. All specifications for tile installations must conform to local building codes, ordinances, and trade standards and practices.

The information presented in the Handbook represents a consensus of the national and regional organizations and individuals who serve on the Handbook Committee. Click here for a current committee roster.  The Committee considers revisions on a regular basis to present architects and specification writers with current, accurate recommendations.


The Tile Council of North America accepts submissions for new tile installation guidelines and edits to existing guidelines for consideration by the Handbook Committee. All submissions must be specific and exact proposed language must be provided.  Submissions for new installation methods should be formatted like existing methods and revisions to existing language should be presented as tracked changes.

All submissions can be emailed to Katelyn Simpson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..