Industry Insights

The Value of Roof Components for Contractors

John Jensen, TRI Training Manager, will be presenting a short course “Tile Roofing Components Virtual Trade Show,” on Oct. 15, 2021.  John manages the training program for TRI Alliance, and he is also a contractor of 30 years. He identifies primarily as a “tile roofer”. We often focus on the… Read more

Ask the Expert – What is the Life Expectancy of Underlayment with a Tile Roof?

A recent Ask the Expert question and answer from TRI President and Technical Director, Rick Olson. QUESTION How long should underlayment last under a tile roof? I hear some people say 10-20 years, others say 25-30 years or even 20-35 years. Can you tell me which is true with a… Read more

The Tile Roofing Institute Partners with The Business Side of Things

SEATTLE February 8, 2021 – To further expand our services, outreach and social media presence, the Tile Roofing Industry Alliance (TRI Alliance) has today announced a partnership with The Business Side of Things based in Los Angeles, CA. Reagan Campbell, founder and CEO of The Business Side of Things, brings… Read more

TRIA Launches Online Manual Certification

The TRIA launched a webinar version of the Manual Certification Class in May. As presenters and attendees adjust to online training, we see an increased comfort level with remote learning. Early online attendees have provided great feedback in surveys and interviews to help us refine and improve the delivery.  The… Read more

Building and Roofing Boom Firing On All Cylinders

A growing economy, increased demand for housing, low interest rates and a hurricane season that devastated areas of Florida and Texas. All are making 2018 one of the busiest ever for tile roofing contractors and installers. Hurricane Irma struck South Florida with Marco Island seemingly the primary target. Hurricane Harvey… Read more

Assembly Line in Eastmark, Arizona

Eastmark is a 3,200 acre master-planned community East of Phoenix, AZ. With 15,000 homes planned, 2,500 are either complete, being built or in the permit process. America Roofing, (Phoenix/Tucson) is putting tile on all of them. It’s an impressive site: semi loads of tile warehoused on dead end streets, waiting… Read more

Hurricane Season Comes to a Close…After Harvey & Irma

The 2017 Hurricane Season comes to a close at the end of November. The Caribbean was hit hard and full recovery in some areas will take years. On the US mainland Hurricanes Harvey and Irma left their mark. Roofing contractors are still scrambling to meet the demand for repairs and… Read more

Quality Roofing in a Challenging Environment

What would the resume of someone with a “PHD in Roofing” look like? Probably a lot like the path Dan Rutkowski, Owner of DDR Roofing in Daytona Beach, Florida has taken. After earning a B. A. in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida, Dan went to work for… Read more

Tile Roofing Meets Extreme Requirements

Many people know that tile blends into a natural setting, is energy efficient, resists UV degradation and can be installed to resist high winds. Cactus, deserts and warm oceans are common backdrops in marketing brochures. But what if your roof covering is required to do all that and handle snow,… Read more

Las Vegas, NV – January 25, 2017 – “Inspecting a Tile Roof – What You Can See and What You Can’t”

Inspection World – Las Vegas, NV January 25th at 8am: Specialty Track The Tile Roofing Training at the American Society Of Home Inspectors (ASHI) “Inspection World” Conference in Las Vegas will have something new. If you need to access the surface of a tile roof, do you know how to walk… Read more

Strength, Quality & Culture in the Tile Roofing Industry

Roofing is an industry of strong people. Every roofing business that can survive boom and bust economic cycles, weather anomalies and the daily grind of a physically challenging and competitive trade can be admired. Traits that contribute to stability: Rugged, seasoned individuals who started as their own foreman and salesperson.… Read more

Snow in the Attic?

Guest post by Brie Ries, Production Manager at Elite Roofing Colorado On March 23rd, 2016 the Denver metro area experienced a blizzard that dropped up to 27” of snow in some areas and shut the City down for 2 days. This storm produced sustained wind speeds of 30-45MPH and 2” of… Read more

RICOWI to Investigate Hail Roof Damage in DFW Metroplex Area

The TRI is a long time sponsoring member of the Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues (RICOWI). The RICOWI organization provides valuable field investigation programs on both wind and hail events to better understand the actual performance of roof assemblies. RICOWI, Inc. has announced deployment of research teams to the… Read more

“My First Roof was a 14th Century Castle”

Tile roofing perspective from Master Craftsman Martin Leska A true “European Trained Craftsman”, Martin Leska graduated with honors from a 4-year trade school. He moved to the United States in 1998 from the Czech Republic. His plan was to be a climbing Guide and ski instructor. He did that for… Read more

Licensing in Texas?

RCAT Provides Training and Voluntary Licensing  As they say, everything is bigger in Texas. The homes are big, and roofing them is a challenge. Roof pitches are steep; spires and dramatic architectural details are common. And then there is the weather: heat like Phoenix, rain like Florida, high wind, occasional tornadoes,… Read more
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