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Buy Local, Buy Local Knowledge, By Local Contractors

The Concrete and Clay Roof Tile Installation Manual is the foundational document for tile roofing professionals. The TRI Manual Certification Training is the foundation of training for someone new to our industry. The class teaches the minimum standards with suggestions for potential upgrades for seasoned professionals.

TRI Manual and Weather

The pictures above are from my hotel rooms in the last month. In Dallas (top) last month, a screenshot from a video of lightening reveals the devastating tornado that moved over Walnut Hill Lane. In Los Angeles (bottom) this week, a light rain and a beautiful rainbow threatened to snarl traffic.

Across the country weather and climate conditions vary greatly, and yet the Concrete and Clay Roof Tile Installation Manual minimum standards are the same (except for Florida and Cold and Snow areas). Experienced contractors learn the challenges posed by weather conditions in their work area: torrential rain, monsoon season even in the desert, humidity in both cool and hot regions, snow, cold, tree debris, high wind, hail, moss, salt air and wildfires. Construction styles vary greatly.

Southern California has moderate weather, occasional storms, and some areas at great risk for wildfires. Roofs are generally walk-able pitches with clean lines and there is a long history of tile installation with a tile experienced workforce. In the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex (DFW), tornadoes will hopefully continue to be rare, but extreme heat, cold, high winds, snow, hail and almost tropical rains are to be expected regularly. Many of the homes are fantastically complex. They are often bigger, as might be expected in Texas, with spires, severe pitches and architectural designs that often concentrate water in ways that make it impossible for a standard installation to meet the challenge.

Experienced local contractors learn common “failure points” and design details that challenge a standard installation. They employ upgrades from the manual or develop their own flashing designs to meet the expected challenges. Significant weather events in areas like DFW can cause widespread damage that creates an overwhelming demand for construction and reconstruction, including roofing.

For many homeowners their storm damage loss is a first experience dealing with a significant “remodel” or re-roof, and also their first experience dealing with a large insurance claim. The overwhelming demand brings contractors to the area that may not have the experience and expertise with local climate conditions and local weather challenges.

We want every roof to be installed properly and in a way that will stand the test of time, and local conditions. Experienced contractors with relevant local knowledge can be found through state and local roofing contractor associations and through licensing and registration information on  State L&I or Contractor Registration pages where applicable.

If you are interested in more information or need help finding a local association, please contact John Jensen at JJensen@TileRoofing.org

2 Responses to Buy Local, Buy Local Knowledge, By Local Contractors

  1. John November 25, 2019 at 6:36 am #

    Storm damage definitely brings in contractors looking to make a quick buck that are not well versed in the local weather conditions. Good read, thanks. John~

    • John Jensen November 25, 2019 at 1:20 pm #

      It is a tough subject. We need an influx of contractors when widespread damage occurs due to severe weather. Roofing is hard all over… but some places, like (South) Florida due to the technical nature of preparing for hurricane force winds and regular fire hoses of rain, and in my opinion the DFW area, present challenges beyond what many contractors/installers elsewhere have to face. As you know John the Florida manual is specific to Florida and although challenging the wind tables are very specific. The rest of the country has a tremendous range in weather and climate conditions. As they might say in Dallas, “Y’all better be ready for it!” (John)

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