On the Roof with TRI Training -  April 2016
Contractors sharing knowledge, supported by industry .
What's New at TRI?
We have added a YouTube channel with a sampling of information from our training classes. Did you make the cut? If you've been in a TRI class you may be in our first video.
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 Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex hail damaged areas. The teams will be conducting the investigation from May 2, 2016 - May 6, 2016. This hail investigation will allow insight into one of the most devastating hail events in years. 

If you can help provide information, or would be willing to serve on one of the 10 field teams please read more on the TRI website.
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 water for every 6" of snow. It was wet and it was heavy and most of us Coloradan's stayed safely tucked in our homes. Those who didn't found themselves stuck in traffic for 4-6 hours. I myself choose to stay locked inside my home for 2 days working from my kitchen counter. However, upon arrival back to work the calls began flooding in with reports of roof leaks. Call after call. So I scheduled our top repair technician to take a look at these leaks and we discovered the roofing systems were not failing at all. No leaks from ice dammed valleys or water flooded penetrations as we would have expected with this heavy snow. Instead, just piles of snow that had accumulated in the attics through the static vents (Turtle & Slantback).
A few of the attics had vents installed improperly, causing some of the exhaust vents to act as intake vents, sucking in the snow. The snow then melted from the heat of the home, soaked through the insulation and then into the ceiling/drywall. Other homes had proper ventilation but due to the severity of the blizzard and what we like to call an "Act of God," snow in large amounts was also being driven into the attics via the static vents. In cases where the ventilation was improperly installed we recommended repairs to properly ventilate the attics, but in the other cases there was nothing we could do. The chances of this perfect storm happening again and producing the same result is slim. Most home owners called their insurance companies to make a claim and mitigation companies to handle the water damage, which in some cases was significant. It made for an interesting and somewhat stressful week of work but most importantly taught me so much more about ventilation and the importance of properly ventilating a home.

"Ask the Expert" - Rich Boon, P.E.

This month it's the expert speaking. Rich Boon, President at Construction Support Services, Inc., Denver, CO, was a guest speaker at our recent Denver training class. Although Rich was speaking to a Denver audience, much of the engineering information he provides applies to tile roofing in all cold and snow markets.

Thank you, Rich for allowing us to share this video. It's great information that can now be shared beyond the classroom! For more information, Rich can be contacted at www.constructsupport.com/contact.html
Rich Boon, Construction Support Services, Inc. - Tile Roofing in Snow areas, Re-roofing with Tile

Upcoming Training Events

TRI Installation Manual Certification classes are scheduled in
  • Chicago (Skokie), IL (May 11)
  • Orlando, FL (June 16 - High Wind @ FRSA Convention)
  • Kansas City, KS (July 12)
  • More to be added soon!
See the complete schedule at www.tileroofing.org.

If you have suggestions for a TRI Installation Manual Certification class in your area or would like to arrange customized training for your organization, contact John Jensen at  [email protected]  or 206-241-5774.
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"Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers 
from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. "
- I nscription on the  James Farley Post Office  in  New York City