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The Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association was founded in 1922 to bring together contractors as well as businesses with related interests. FRSA's purpose is to foster and encourage a high standard of business ethics among its members and to inform the general public of the importance of doing business with Florida State licensed and insured roofing professionals. FRSA encourages quality through research, education and recognition of competence. The Association provides potential economies through the cooperative purchasing of insurance, financial services and other products and services designated by the Board of Directors. FRSA represents the interests and acts as the voice of its membership before government and regulatory bodies of all kinds and works to improve the overall industry in keeping with the general purposes of the Association.


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Inaccurate Information on SB 76 Causes Roofing Contractors Anxiety
You have probably heard about SB 76, which makes some changes to the Florida statutes that regulate property insurance. The bill (law as of July 1, 2021) was passed with the hope that it will help control rapidly increasing property insurance premiums. Read more
 
SB 76 - Prohibited Property Insurance Practices by Contractors
One of the most contentious bills in the 2021 legislative session for the roofing industry was Senate Bill 76 (SB 76). Among other items, original versions of both the Senate bill (SB 76) and its House counterpart (HB 305) contained a reimbursement schedule for roof replacement after a 10-year life span, favoring one roofing system over another. FRSA’s opposition to the bill was multifaceted. We opposed an arbitrary 10-year roof lifespan and feel that the lifespan of most roofs exceeds 10 years (if properly installed) and that one roof system is not inherently better than others. We also opposed any language that provides for prorated roof claim reimbursement without some type of hurricane damage exclusion. Read more

Roof Assemblies - Significant Changes in Roofing Requirements - BASF 
The 7th Edition (2020) Florida Building Code includes several key changes to the requirements for roof assemblies. Many changes strengthen the code to improve the resistance of wind and water infiltration damage. Several of the changes apply to both new construction and roof replacement. Click here to read the article. 


FRSA Helps Clarify the 25% Rule 
At the beginning of the year, after the adoption of the Florida Building Code (FBC) 7th Edition (2020), a fellow codes professional called me to voice a concern about an inadvertent deletion during a renumbering of Chapters 4, 5 and 6 in the FBC 7th Edition (2020) Existing Building might cause major changes in the way that Section 706.1.1, the 25 percent rule, was interpreted. Click here to read the article. 

 

ASCE 7-16
Does ASCE 7-16 really change everything? Obviously, ASCE 7-16 doesn’t change everything. But it does change almost everything about how we attach roof coverings. More specifically, it changes the uplift (or negative pressures –referred to as "pressures" in this article) that roof coverings are required to resist. Click here to read the article.


Zones, Uplift Pressures and Demonstrating Compliance. What Do I Need to Know and Where Do I Find It?
It seems like almost all I talk about lately is ASCE 7-16. If you’re roofing in Florida and haven’t heard about it, maybe you haven’t been paying close enough attention. The updated 2020 Florida Building Code (FBC) 7th edition reference standard has certainly shaken things up. From contractors to building officials, there is a lot of confusion, so don’t feel alone. Click here to read the article.
 
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