Tile Roofing Institute Announces New Name and Brand Identity

The Tile Roofing Institute (TRI) announced a name change to the Tile Roofing Industry Alliance (TRI Alliance) as it expands its activities in the representation, education, training and legislative roles within the tile roofing industry in the U.S. and Canada. The new name represents a broader scope of shared knowledge, comradery and advocacy as an association.

For more than 30 years, TRI Alliance has been the primary voice for concrete and clay tile roofing, serving not only as a resource and advocate, but also as a true partner, working closely with members, builders, contractors and legislators as allies to create change. Rick Olson, president of the TRI Alliance stated, “Through our research we have discovered a need to bring further awareness to tile roofing and our organization. Our new name and logo underscores our objectives of taking a more assertive role within the industry to ensure that building codes and installation techniques continue to advance and to work collectively in alliance with our industry partners to promote the benefits of tile roofing in an ever-evolving roofing market.”

A new logo was designed to support the new name and expanded mission of the TRI Alliance. The logo utilizes a roof icon that conveys upward movement as the association drives toward loftier goals within the tile roofing industry, while also invoking the visual representation of a home. The clean and contemporary design of the logo represents the many sleek and modern options that can be found within an evolving design base for both concrete and clay tile roofing.

The logo was designed to be utilized in two ways – one being primary seal and the other a supporting mark. The seal reinforces the educational and training mission of the organization. 

Along with the new name and new logo, TRI Alliance will be launching a new website. The new site will offer in-depth information of value to architects, designers, homeowners, contractors and builders, detailing expanded design options, sustainability and performance properties of tile roofing.

Olson noted, “The longevity, sustainability and aesthetic variety of tile roofing is beyond compare in the roofing industry, but often overlooked.” Olson continued, “In the wake of a yearwith record-breaking hurricane and wildfire seasons, our goal is to raise awareness of theperformance values of tile roofing, which is naturally fire-resistant, as well as the benefits ofadvanced installation techniques developed for peak performance during high winds so thatmore builders and contractors in more areas of the country are able to extend these benefits tomore home owners.”

The TRI Alliance will be unveiling the new name and logo Tuesday, February 12, 2019, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Redneck Riviera, 208 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee. The announcement celebration coincides with the International Roofing Expo, February 11-13 at Music City Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

For more information, visit www.tileroofing.org.

The Tile Roofing Institute Names Anthony Tilton General Counsel

Anthony Tilton of Cotney Construction Law, LLP was recently named general counsel of the Tile Roofing Institute (TRI). As general counsel, Tilton will provide key legal guidance on corporate structure and bylaws, the board of directors, operations, regulatory compliance, and governance policies.

“The Tile Roofing Institute is one of the leading experts in the roofing industry,” said Anthony Tilton. “I’m grateful for this opportunity to work alongside some of the best in the industry and provide the necessary legal guidance to this association.”

Tilton specializes in all aspects of construction law and works primarily on matters relating to OSHA and licensing defense, specifically litigation and the appeals process for citations involving catastrophic construction or industry related accidents. Tilton also manages and develops safety and health strategies for construction contractors and industrial facilities across the United States.

“We are thrilled that Anthony will be working with the Tile Roofing Institute,” said Trent Cotney, CEO of Cotney Construction Law, “This position further cements Cotney Construction Law as the leading expert in roofing law.”

For more information about Tile Roofing Institute, visit www.tileroofing.org.

For more information about Cotney Construction Law, visit www.cotneycl.com.

RICOWI to Host Underlayment Seminar on March 17

The underlayment systems play a vital role in today’s roof designs for long-term performance. The challenges of selecting the right materials, application techniques and performance criteria can be challenging to the roofing professional. RICOWI‘s Spring Seminar, which will be held March 17, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif., will provide an in-depth look at the two styles of underlayments—organic and synthetic—that might be used in low- and steep-slope roof designs. This seminar will touch upon the product designs, product approvals and code language that address how to select and properly use these various underlayment products in roof system applications.

Underlayment Speakers
Organic Underlayment: Doug Thagard, Fontana Paper Mills
Synthetic Underlayment: Mark Strait, Synthetic Roof Underlayment Institute

When underlayments are installed as part of a roof system, they may have special requirements for how they are designed, selected and installed to meet the anticipated roof performance. To better understand the relationship of the components, the speakers will cover the various styles of roof applications that will help inform the audience of best practices from the various industry associations.

Association Speakers
Low-slope Underlayment Applications: Mike Ennis, SPRI
Steep-slope Underlayment Applications:

For more information, visit RICOWI’s website or contact Joan Cook, executive director, at (330) 671-4569.

The Benefits of Above-sheathing Ventilation

We know proper ventilation of the attic space is an important part of construction. But what is “above-sheathing ventilation”?

Most roofing materials lay directly on the sheathing. Heat from solar radiation and interior heat loss from the conditioned space are easily transferred through the deck and roof system. This can increase energy costs and cause ice damming. The build-up of heat and extreme temperatures wings can also reduce the life of underlayment and other system components.

Tile roofs have an air space between installed roof tiles and the roof sheathing. This space reduces heat transfer and allows heat buildup to dissipate from the sheathing and roofing materials. This above-sheathing ventilation, or ASV, inherent to tile roof installations can be enhanced using counter battens, shims or manufactured systems to raise the horizontal battens above the roof deck. The system design will vary with the environmental challenge and goals. Specific examples are described below.

The Elevated Batten System by Boral Roofing uses treated 1 by 2s with high-grade plastic pads, a vented eave riser flashing and vented weather blocking at the ridge. With these components in place, heat transfer is minimized and heat buildup is dissipated, which reduces energy costs.

The Elevated Batten System by Boral Roofing uses treated 1 by 2s with high-grade plastic pads, a vented eave riser flashing and vented weather blocking at the ridge. With these components in place, heat transfer is minimized and heat buildup is dissipated, which reduces energy costs.

Energy Conservation in Hot Climates

In hot and dry climates, the natural ASV and thermal mass of the tile provide a layer of insulation when exterior daytime temperatures are greater than the conditioned space in the home. Vertical counter battens or shims that raise the horizontal battens increase this space and the corresponding benefit. The addition of vented eave riser flashing and ridge ventilation completes an energy-saving ASV system. The system shown below is the Elevated Batten System made by Boral Roofing, which uses treated 1 by 2s with high-grade plastic pads, a vented eave riser flashing and vented weather blocking at the ridge. With these components in place, heat transfer is minimized and heat buildup is dissipated, which reduces energy costs. The upgraded ASV reduces temperature extremes that shorten the life of the underlayment and other roofing components. These benefits are achieved with no mechanical or moving parts.

Cool and Humid Climates

The same installation can provide a different benefit in cool and humid regions. The Tile Roofing Institute and Western States Roofing Contractors Association’s Concrete and Clay Tile Installation Manual for Moderate Climate Regions says that in areas designated “Cool/Humid” zones, “Batten systems that provide drainage/air-flow (shims, counter battens or other approved systems) are required.” The area designated “Cool/Humid” in the current manual runs from approximately Eureka, Calif., to the Pacific Northwest, west of the Cascade Mountains. In this climate, moisture-laden air can migrate under the tile and condense in the space between the tile and roof deck. The underlayment is there to protect the sheathing but if the battens are raised above the deck, condensation will be reduced. Raised battens also allow moisture under the tile to escape to the eave. When roof tiles are fastened to a raised batten, underlayment penetrations are minimized.

Cold and Snowy Regions

Ice dams are one of the most damaging phenomena roofing contractors face. Snow movement on roof surfaces can cause damage to people and property. The goal in cold and snowy environments is to prevent ice dams by enhancing the ASV under the tile roof. Typically, a more substantial air space is created using larger vertical battens. A well-designed “cold roof” system that includes proper snow retention is the solution.

The TRI/WSRCA Concrete and Clay Tile Installation Manual for Moderate Climate Regions refers installers to the TRI/WSRCA Concrete and Clay Roof Tile Design Criteria Installation Manual for Cold and Snow. Regions “in locations where the January mean temperature is 25 deg. F or less or where ice damming often occurs”.

For more information and to download the Tile Roofing Institute’s installation manuals, visit the Tile Roofing Institute at TileRoofing.org.