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.

Tile Roofing: Closed Valleys with Low-profile Tile

Batten extensions are installed on standard tile W valley metal.

Photo 1: Batten extensions are installed on standard tile W valley metal.

A common failure point on steep-slope roof systems is at valleys. Often, aging material, improper fastening, lack of maintenance and ice dams make valleys vulnerable. A common cause of valley troubles with tile roofing occurs when flat tiles are used in areas where closed valleys are preferred and a simple installation requirement is missed.

The Tile Roof Institute (TRI) Concrete and Clay Tile Installation Manual for Moderate Climate Regions allows for open (flashing exposed) and closed (tiles meet over flashing) valley installations. Installers develop a preference based on their experience with the local climate. Contractors also consider job-specific environmental conditions, aesthetic preferences, pitch and maintenance needs when choosing from valley-installation options.

Although there are a wide variety of flashing and installation options for valleys, one important requirement is often overlooked and can cause leaks with low-profile tile. The specification is listed on pages 48 and 49 of the installation manual: “When a flat profiled tile is installed as a ‘closed valley’, a ribbed valley metal or single crown valley metal with batten extension shall be used.”

Batten extensions are installed on standard tile W valley metal.

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Unobstructed water flow in the valley flashing is critical. A flat tile installed directly onto standard valley flashing in a closed method restricts water in the valley flashing during heavy rains and may cause it to overflow. This can speed degradation of the underlayment and may cause rot in the battens and decking. A closed-valley installation can be repaired by replacing the standard tile valley flashing with the correct ribbed metal or by adding a batten extension to each row (see photo 1).

Because medium- and high-profile tiles have a natural cavity between the flashing and tile, this requirement only applies to low-profile tile. According to the TRI installation manual, the definition of a low-profile tile is, “Tiles, such as flat tile, that have a top surface rise of 1/2 inch or less.” Most tiles with a wood grain, lined or brushed surface still fall into the low-profile category and will require batten extensions or ribbed valley flashing.

An elevated batten system with ribbed valley flashing.

Photo 2: An elevated batten system with ribbed valley flashing. PHOTO: Boral Industries

When using a counter-batten system, or raised batten, the battens themselves can be extended into the valley because they are elevated on a pad or shim. In photo 2, a ribbed valley flashing and an elevated batten are used. Fasteners are not installed in/through the valley flashing.

Tile installers are craftsmen and each develops his or her own approach to valley details. Depending on the length of the valley and the tributary area, installers may flare or gradually open the width of the valley tile cut. Experienced installers may make a cut (dog ear) to the point of the tile that is overlapped by the succeeding row. Before accessory products, like ribbed valleys and batten extensions, were commercially available and before manufacturers improved the lug design, installers often removed lugs with their hammers. They developed propping and gluing skills to avoid creating a dam with their installation. Now the accessories and flashing designs make this type of installation better and easier.

Despite the variety of tiles within the low-profile category—some are flat on the back side and fastened directly to the deck, some have lugs on the back that can also utilize battens for attachment— all low-profile tile installed in a closed-valley method requires ribbed flashing or batten extensions unless precluded by manufacturer design and/or approved by the local building inspector.

An elevated batten system with ribbed valley flashing.

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Because of Florida’s wind and weather extremes, TRI and the Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association collaborated on Florida High Wind Concrete and Clay Roof Tile Installation Manual, which also is available on TRI’s website.

PHOTOS: TILE ROOFING INSTITUTE, unless otherwise noted