Jim Upton has been installing tile for the last 20 years. Insistent on learning everything the hard way he decided to forego formal training and jump into the tile trade headfirst.
After learning a good number of lessons by trial and error he eventually went to work for some other tile contractors including a tile store in the Seattle area. Working alongside other installers, all of varying skill and experience levels, provided an opportunity to try out some new skills and methods that he wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise.
Eight years later, in the downturn of the economy, he created Tiger Mountain Tile Inc a bathroom remodeling company based out of Issaquah Washington.
In addition to learning the skills of the tile trade he has also become a student of his craft. Studying proper tile installation methods, keeping up to date with changes in the industry, joining the National Tile Contractors Association, and participating in online tile forums he considers himself a true tile nerd.
Jim Upton is a CTEF certified installer, NTCA member, certified Wedi installer, and has taken product-specific training from Schluter Systems, Laticrete International, Custom Building Products, and Ardex Americas. He is also a regular participant on the John Bridge Forums, the largest tile installation forum on the internet (screen name: Tiger Mountain Tile Inc)
When he is not working, studying, writing, or talking about tile he likes to ride his motorcycle and travel around the western United States.
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