Ask the Expert: “Do the (fastener) guidelines in Tables 1A and 1B apply to the underlayment”

We had several “Ask the Expert” questions regarding underlayment fastening recently. Below are 2 questions from an attorney and responses from TRI President and Technical Director Rick Olson. QUESTION #1 “Do the guidelines in Tables 1A and 1B regarding “Attachment Type of Fasteners” that call for ¾ penetration… Read more

A History of Tile in Snow Regions of the Upper Midwest

A guest article by TRI Director Michael Lukis. In my 38 years of working with tile roofing I have been involved with the installation and manufacturing of concrete and clay roof tiles, primarily in the northern roof climates of the Midwest and northeastern United States. I often hear the comment that… Read more

TRI Training at PetersenDean Sales Summit

PetersenDean Roofing & Solar invited TRI to teach a seminar on tile roofing at their annual Sales Summit in early January. We were impressed with PetersenDean’s organization and their commitment to training. “TRI did one of the best roofing seminars that I have every attended. The orientation to their training… Read more

January 2016

Ask the Expert: “Can cracked roof tiles be glued?”

Have you ever wondered what types of questions people “Ask the Expert“? Here’s a recent question from a home inspector, and the response from TRI President and Technical Director, Rick Olson. QUESTION “I recently inspected a home in that was being sold by a real estate agent who… Read more

The Importance of Proper Layout

“When I see a home with a tile roof, my first thought is, ‘Nice roof’. A roof goes from ‘nice’ to ‘Wow, that roof is spectacular!’ when the installer pays attention to the details. Some details that make a difference are appropriate flashings, or chimney, skylight and wall metal work… Read more

San Diego, CA – Jan. 24-27 – “Inspecting a Tile Roof & Solar Array Attachment” at ASHI Inspection World

The Tile Roofing Institute will be presenting at  in San Diego this year, January 24th – 27th.  InspectionWorld® is the American Society of Home Inspectors’ (ASHI’s) annual meeting and the largest education conference and expo of the year for home inspectors. The TRI seminar is titled “Inspecting a Tile Roof & Solar… Read more

Columbia, SC – Jan. 19-21, 2016 – Carolinas Mid-Winter Roofing Expo

The Tile Roofing Institute will be participating in the Carolinas Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association (CRSMCA) Mid-Winter Expo at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, South Carolina, January 19th – 21st. For more information about the event go to: 

Knoxville, TN – March 10, 2015 – BBQ, Beer & Tile Roofing – 5-6:30p

Presented by ABC Supply for Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville Members Tile Roofing Installation Overview Characteristics, Features and Benefits 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm Hampton Inn and Suites 9128 Executive Park Dr. Knoxville, Tennessee, 37923 RSVP requested to for food planning 206-241-5774

The Tile Roofing Institute Hall of Fame Recipient Don T. Summers

We are deeply saddened today by the loss of a great leader and visionary for the roofing industry, says Rick Olson, TRI President. Rick went on to say “Don was our beloved friend, colleague and TRI member for over 20 years, being awarded our highest award as a Hall of… Read more

Charlotte, NC – Jan. 16-18, 2018 – Carolinas Mid-Winter Roofing Expo

The Tile Roofing Institute will be participating in the Carolinas Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association (CRSMCA) Mid-Winter Expo at the Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte NC, January 16th – 18th. For more information about the event visit the CRSMCA website.

Revised 5th Edition Florida Manual is Approved and Available

The TRI in conjunction with the FRSA are excited to announce the approval and release of the new revised 5th Edition of our FRSA/TRI Concrete and Clay Roof Tile Installation Guide for Florida. This new edition is now formally approved by the FBC and provides a more concise and… Read more

Sarasota, FL – Nov. 14, 2014 – Manual Exchange/Update

For anyone who attended a 2-hour TRI Florida Manual review in May 2014. If you received the first draft version of the 5th Edition Florida manual at one of the review sessions in May, you are invited to attend the first 2 hours of the November 14, 2014 High Wind Installer Certification class… Read more

Reno, NV – November 6, 2014 – “Fastening” Seminar

Fastening: Moderate Climate Installation Guide for Clay and Concrete Tile November 6, 2014 5:00 pm Refreshments, Hors d’oeuvres 5:45 pm-7:00 pm Presentation and Q&A Eldorado Hotel and Casino Bubinga Room (left of Buffet) 345 North Virginia Street Reno, NV 89501 DOWNLOAD A FLYER An explanation and discussion about fastening requirements… Read more

Yuma, AZ – October 6, 2014 – “Installing a Tile Roof” Seminar

Installing a Tile Roof in accordance with the Moderate Climate Installation Guide for Clay and Concrete Tile For your convenience, two sessions are available: Morning Session 9:30 am to 10:30 am ABC Supply 2742 E 16th St Yuma, AZ 85365 Evening Session 5:00 pm Pizza and Soda 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Read more

San Diego, CA – Sept. 2, 2014 – “Inspecting a Tile Roof”

Inspecting a Tile Roof John Jensen, TRI Training Program Manager will be presenting to the San Diego chapter of the California Real Estate Inspection Association at their monthly dinner meeting. Tuesday, September 2, 2014 6:30pm The Butcher Shop Restaurant 5255 Kearny Villa Road, Blvd San Diego, CA 92123 Cost:  $35 per… Read more

May 2014

Florida High Wind Re-certification and Training Opportunities

UPDATED May 9, 2014 – The Tile Roofing Institute (TRI) has created a May series of 2 hour presentations to ensure contractors and others in the tile roofing industry are aware of the changes between the existing 4th Edition and new 5th Edition. Technical Services Representatives Manny Oyola (Eagle Roofing Products),… Read more

Hands On Demo Training Helps Industry and Government Work Together in Yuma, Arizona

The severity of weather conditions varies greatly across the United States. Severe wind in Florida is “normal”. Severe cold in Chicago, blazing heat in Phoenix? Normal. Drizzle in Seattle? Depressingly, consistently normal. But what if you install tile in a climate with very little rain, rare wind dustups and minimal… Read more

TRI Testifies on OSHA’s Proposed Crystalline Silica Rule

The Tile Roofing Institute’s (TRI) President, Richard Olson provided formal testimony on April 2 at the U.S. Department of Labor on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed rule to amend its existing standards for occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica. Read more here.

January 2014

Rosie the Tile Roofer?

It used to be that everyone you met in the roofing industry started out “On the Roof”. It also used to be that when you met a woman in the roofing industry, her husband owned the company. Things have changed and women are filling all types of roles, and the… Read more

New Contractor Search is Live

We are currently updating the TRI Website, and the first feature to go live is a new Contractor Search. To try it out go to and click on “Find A Contractor”. If you don’t see your listing, your certification has likely expired. You can easily renew on-line by… Read more

Featured Distributor Worth Supply, Charlotte, North Carolina

When it comes to tile roofing Worth Supply is “all in”. Worth Supply provides roof tile for new and reroof projects. In addition Worth Reclaiming salvages, stocks and sells reclaimed and historic tile. Owner Rob Miller understands customer and contractor needs. He has combined that knowledge with a business model… Read more

September 2013

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