Our members are the backbone of the Tile Roofing Industry Alliance. We’re excited to continue featuring their work and continued innovations throughout the year. TRI Member, The Durable Slate Company shares their latest project featuring St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Learn more about the project below. The St. Mary’s Catholic Church… Read more
Update by TRI President and Technical Director, Rick Olson TRI Alliance & Partners Advocate Against Proposed Changes The TRI Alliance technical committee is working in partnership with ARMA, NRCA and other roofing partners to help advocate against the new ICC-International Energy Conservation Code proposed revision to raise the minimum Aged… Read more
Open Tile Roofing Classes –  As we move into Fall, Tile Roofing Training classes will continue to be offered in person and on line. Florida High Wind Installation Manual classes will be held on site in Tampa, October 27th, and online  December 2nd.  Classes for the regular Clay… Read more
Update by TRI Lobbyist, Craig S. Brightup DOL-OSHA Regulatory Developments DOL is moving quickly on its Overtime Rule and its Independent Contractor Rule is now at OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review.  Also, OSHA recently announced an expanded criteria for placement in its Severe Violator Enforcement… Read more
Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Taxes Update by TRI Lobbyist, Craig S. Brightup In addition to giving the IRS $80 billion to hire 87,000 new auditors, Inflation Reduction Act revenue raisers include a 15% minimum tax on companies making $1 billion annually; a stock buyback tax; and targeted taxes like the… Read more
Update by TRI President and Technical Director, Rick Olson Photo courtesy of JBA – Roofing & Solar Consulting Solar and Tile Roofing The TRI Alliance Technical team is working to better understand the challenges our industry will face as the white house announced this week the intent to triple the… Read more
Story & photos by TRI Training Director, John Jensen Three Installation Manual Certification classes attracted some of the best roofing contractors in Texas and Oklahoma. With 58 attendees, the events in Euless, Dallas and San Antonio included contractors, distribution companies and tile manufacturers. 3 Tile Roofing Trainings, 3 Cities, 58… Read more
World famous Dr. Seuss mansion in La Jolla up for sale after 75 years Theodor Geisel, affectionately known as Dr. Seuss, remains one of the most renowned children’s book authors of our time. Theodor and his wife, Audrey Geisel, moved to La Jolla in 1948. They bought an observation tower… Read more
Schumer-Manchin Reconciliation Deal On July 27, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a relatively “slim” Build Back Better reconciliation bill.  The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 would extend Affordable Care Act subsidies from the American Rescue Plan and allow Medicare to negotiate certain prescription… Read more
Update by TRI President and Technical Director, Rick Olson The TRI Alliance fiscal year begins in July and we are excited to announce new industry initiatives for 2022-2023. During our May board meeting we discussed new programs and focus for the TRI Alliance in the upcoming year. TRI Alliance Board… Read more
Update by TRI Alliance Technical Committee Heat Transfer Study: Tile Roofing vs Other Materials Our plans to quantify the value of tile roofing versus other, temporary roof coverings includes a comprehensive heat transfer study. This initiative will start in the summer with the construction of the first of a total… Read more
Update by TRI Alliance Technical Committee In support of our efforts to tackle the pervasive insurance fraud issues currently under the microscope in Florida, the TRIA will soon release a Post Storm Event Technical Bulletin with repair and replace guidelines. Created in an infographic format, the guide is intended to… Read more
How fast will classes fill up?  We have a great schedule ahead, but be warned, we’re working to keep travel and hotel costs within our budget. We’ll be filling rooms to 50% capacity, and have less flexibility (as in the past) to add a day when one sells out. Free… Read more
OSHA Proposal to Revoke Arizona State Plan TRIA submitted comments to OSHA on June 24, opposing its move to revoke the Arizona State Plan.   Spring Unified Federal Regulatory Agenda On June 21, the 2022 Spring Regulatory Agenda was released listing agencies’ agendas.  Items of concern beyond OSHA’s move to revoke… Read more
TRIA Member Ludowici recently announced the winners of their annual project of the year contest. They asked for submissions of the best projects with any recent use of their product including residential, educational, new construction, renovation and more. The winners were chosen by an internal Ludowici panel and popular vote… Read more
Redeem Your Free Training by June 30th The Tile Roofing Industry Alliance fiscal year and annual membership runs July 1 to June 30th. One free Installation Manual Certification Training was included with your TRIA contractor membership. If you are a member and have not used your free training this year,… Read more
TRIA Fly-In to Washington, DC From April 5-7, TRIA’s Government Relations Committee held a fly-in to Washington, DC in conjunction with NRCA’s Roofing Day In DC.  TRIA supports Roofing Day, which lobbies on industry-wide consensus issues, and this year’s emphasized workforce needs including more funding for career and technical education… Read more
TRIA’s Washington, DC, lobbyist is Craig Brightup, CEO of The Brightup Group LLC, a government affairs consulting firm. Previously, he was NRCA’s VP of Government Relations, opening its Capitol Hill office in 1990, and before that headed congressional affairs for the Federal Trade Commission by appointment of President Reagan. In… Read more
Update by TRI President and Technical Director, Rick Olson For those that live in the code cycle world, we are now in what is referred to as the monograph lottery. Every code cycle the proposed changes to any recognized code come out in a combined document called a monography. As… Read more
Roof replacement before and after pictures from Swordsmen Roofing & Construction Swordsmen Roofing & Construction LLC offers residential and commercial roofing services for customers in North Texas and Florida. Micah Fisher started the company in 2017, after working in the roofing industry since 2008. George Palmer, Senior Project Manager at… Read more
Wade Shepherd, Rick Olson, Congressman Mike Johnson, TJ Curtis, Craig Brightup April 5-7, 2022 – Washington, DC –  the Tile Roofing Industry Alliance (TRI Alliance) Government Relations Committee held a fly-in to Washington, DC to meet with key U.S. House and Senate members to raise attention to the serious issues… Read more
March 2022 New Freedom/Diversified/TRI Alliance Training Graduating Class Story & pictures by John Jensen, National Training Manager, Tile Roofing Industry Alliance Last month we had a great experience working with Diversified Roofing, New Freedom and a group of 18 eager, capable people who are excited to learn and become a… Read more
Updates from Washington, DC OSHA Recordkeeping Rule March 30, 2022 – OSHA published proposed amendments to its recordkeeping regulations that essentially requires businesses to submit additional injury and illness info to OSHA in keeping with what the Obama Administration had in mind. Current regulations require summary Form 300A to be… Read more
Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act Implementation Implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA – bipartisan infrastructure bill) is moving slowly. According to POLITICO, “About 75% of the infrastructure law will be distributed to states via a complicated formula set by existing statute, including the bulk of federal highway… Read more
TRI Alliance exists because of the support of our members. We are celebrating TRIA member H & H Roofing Supply. Enjoy learning about their origin, founder and more. H & H Roofing Supply is a family owned and operated business with strong ties to the Bakersfield community. Started in December… Read more
TRI Alliance is Active in Sacramento re: AB1227 On March 10, 2022, the TRI Alliance joined with ARMA, asphalt shingle manufacturers and the roofing contractor trade associations in Sacramento to meet with numerous California Senators dealing with energy initiatives. Our strong coalition represented 95% of the steep slope roofing materials… Read more
Progress on New Tile Roofing Installation Guides March has seen significant activity with our TRI Alliance technical initiatives. Just this week we held in-depth reviews review of our FRSA/TRI Florida High Wind Guide in Florida with our partner FRSA. Concurrently we held our TRI main guide review (for everywhere outside… Read more
Meet Ann Iten March is Women’s History Month and we’re celebrating by chatting with females making waves in the roofing industry. Continue reading to learn about the legacy of Ann Iten of Westlake Royal Roofing Solutions. What is your position and how long have you been involved in the roofing Read more
Eagle Roofing Team Celebrating their Certifications From left to right: Ryan Eady, Shonna Mosley, Kent Lawrence, Dave Morse & Michele Morse Classroom Trainings Return in June We are adding in person trainings to the schedule starting with the Arizona Roofing Contractors Association in June. Our January “restart” was hobbled by the Omicron… Read more
State of the Union, FY22 Funding, OSHA Updates & New Executive Order State of the Union Address The State of the Union address that normally occurs in late January is on March 1. This date may have been chosen to buy more time for the Build Back Better Act (BBBA)… Read more
Good News for the Construction Industry In 2019, OSHA published a Request For Information (RFI) on updating its standards regarding Powered Industrial Trucks. TRIA contractor members and others in the construction industry feared that older forklifts, etc., might not meet OSHA’s updated standards which would have significant financial consequences. Construction… Read more
Ludowici Clay Roof Tile Replication Otherwise known as the centerpiece of Winston-Salem, NC, The Reynolda House Museum of American Art is nestled on the outskirts of Wake Forest University. When it came time to replace their 104-year old iconic green Ludowici Roof, Ludowici, Baker Roofing and Preservation Forsyth partnered to… Read more
Code Initiatives & Tile Roofing Contractors February 2022 Technical Committee Update The TRI Alliance Technical Committee is working with our partnering organizations to address upcoming code cycle initiatives. Florida Code Modifications – The TRI Alliance technical team is working with our partner FRSA and our members to address potential revisions… Read more
Tile Roofing Installation Guides February 2022 Technical Committee Update Our TRI Alliance industry installation guides are currently being revised for the inclusion of the new ASCE-7 wind language that will reduce uplift pressures and reduce the number of roof zones back to 3, from the current 6. This will be… Read more
We’re excited to highlight TRI Alliance member, Allstate Roofing. Learn about the history of their company and meet founder, Chad Thomas. ALLSTATE ROOFING HISTORY Allstate Roofing Inc is a locally family owned and operated roofing company in Arizona. The company was started by Chad and Kathy Thomas in 2001. Allstate… Read more
Tile Roofing Training On Demand You don’t have to wait for a scheduled class to learn more about tile roofing. The TRI Alliance YouTube channel has a library of educational videos that are updated regularly. We also have playlists that cover the following topics: Featured Videos – Our most recent… Read more
OSHA Activity, Tax Hikes, Roofing Day in DC OSHA Withdraws COVID ETS In January OSHA withdrew its COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) in view of the Supreme Court’s stay and statement that challengers were likely to prevail.  But OSHA also says it is not withdrawing the ETS… Read more
Hampered with price increases, material and labor shortages, the construction industry fared better than many during the pandemic. Demand has been strong and ever resilient contractors and roofers met the challenge. Many have suffered from the economic, physical and mental health consequences of this pandemic. No one would wish for… Read more
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
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
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
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
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
“I joined TRI, will I be listed in the Contractor Search?” Below is a description of the two listings that we offer on our website, with an explanation of how they are separate but related. TRI Contractor Search The TRI “Find a Contractor” page allows website visitors to search… Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
Russ Vieselmeyer www.lrs-construction.com is a roofing contractor based in Tacoma, Washington. LRS serves the Greater Puget Sound area but has traveled to neighboring states for special projects. Russ is a Certified Installer with the Tile Roofing Institute, recently renewing by attending the class in Louisville, CO. Gracemont Mansion is a… Read more
Follow this truck. Bill Burke is President of Burke Roofing, Inc. in Reno, Nevada. Saying Bill is just an enthusiastic person is like saying the Golden Gate is just a bridge. It’s true, but until you see it for yourself you just can’t imagine. He’s full of energy and pride… Read more
“Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I’ll remember. Involve me, I’ll understand” Our two hour Hands On Training & Demo covers the installation basics: underlayment, flashing and layout. On site at Roof Check, Inc. in Denver, over 20 members of the Roof Check team attended a hands on training. While… Read more
Roof Consultant Jerry Conrad of Western States Roofing Consulting is a Certified Installer and has given presentations at our classes. In addition to sharing his knowledge in contract defect litigation, Jerry invited attendees and their families to visit his ranch in North Phoenix. Jerry, a former rodeo clown, has a… Read more
“The Installer Certification program changed the way tile is installed in El Paso. The Moderate Climate Guide gives the City of El Paso, suppliers and contractors a common resource to work from.” ~Scott Aguilar, Eagle Roofing Products On February 4, 2011 the Tile Roofing Institute partnered with regional industry leaders… Read more

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Tile Roofing Initiatives, Heat Transfer Study, Repair and Replacement Guidelines and more

Updates from DC, Tackling the Labor Shortage and Less Regulations on the Roofing Industry

Back to the Classroom, Updated Installation Guides and More

OSHA Activity, Tax Hikes, Training on Demand and Beyond

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