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Roof Underlayments Are Focus Of RICOWI Spring Seminar

New Franklin, OH - Underlayments for a variety of roof types, including metal, will be highlighted at the Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues Inc. (RICOWI) Spring 2017 Seminar at the Hilton Anaheim, March 17, in Anaheim, CA.

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 will provide an in-depth look at the two styles of underlayments that might be used in both low- and steep-slope roof designs.

The presenters will spend time discussing organic and synthetic based underlayments. 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. Industry experts who will be presenting are:

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. In order to better understand the relationship of the components, the RICOWI seminar will cover the various styles of roof applications to help inform the audience of best practices from the various industry associations. Presentations include:

Low Slope Underlayment Applications: Mike Ennis, SPRI

Steep Slope Underlayment Applications...

Asphalt Shingles: John Kouba, Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association

Cedar Shingles: Tony Bonura, Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau

Metal Roofing: Scott Kriner, Metal Construction Association

Tile Roofing: Annette Sindar, Tile Roofing Institute

Registration can be done online at or contact RICOWI to complete the registration by mail or email. For further information, contact Joan Cook, RICOWI Executive Director, by phone at (330) 671-4569 or email


ricowi-logoThe Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues Inc. (RICOWI) is a non-profit organization comprised of the major roofing associations and includes members of academia, educational and testing facilities and others involved in the science of roofing. RICOWI is dedicated to and charged to research and study major weather incidents in relation to roof issues. For additional details, copies of reports issued and other materials, visit

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