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Florida's Roofing Industry at the Center of Recent Legislative Special Session - July 2022 Wed, Jul 13, 2022 It was often called the “Special Session on Property Insurance” but, as it unfolded, it was plain to see that it also dealt with roofing as a primary focus. In last month’s column, I touched on several issues that we thought would be addressed during... Read More

FRSA's Position on Premature Roof Replacement is Being Heard - June 2022 Sat, Jun 11, 2022 A short time ago I received a somewhat cryptic message from FRSA’s lobbyist Chris Dawson that said, “Breaking News. Mike – your 25% rule mod may be getting fast-tracked.” A little background will help you understand why I described the message as cry... Read More

Impact of Recent Hurricanes on Florida Building Codes - May 2022 Mon, May 16, 2022 Nothing else has come close to having an impact on Florida’s Building Codes as hurricanes. Their regular occurrence and the threat that they create cannot be overlooked. Each major storm leaves in its wake not only damage and disruption but also rene... Read More

Don't Look Now, But the New 2023 8th Edition of the Florida Building Code is Already Taking Form - April 2022 Thu, Apr 07, 2022 Recently I was told of an apartment reroof project with multiple buildings where the contractor may be faced with reroofing them again. For many of us, this is one of the worst possible situations we can imagine. For the contractor, who would need th... Read More

When Reroofing, the Choice to Recover or Replace May Not Be Yours - February 2022 Thu, Mar 03, 2022 For many years, when a roofing contractor referred to a reroof it was understood that this meant to remove the old roof and then reroof the building. As the industry has transitioned to more recovering of existing roofs, the definition in the code wa... Read More

Zones, Uplift Pressures and Demonstrating Compliance. What Do I Need to Know and Where Do I Find It? Tue, Feb 08, 2022 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 ... Read More

ASCE 7-16 Tue, Feb 08, 2022 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 "pressur... Read More

FRSA Helps Clarify the 25% Rule Tue, Feb 08, 2022 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 ... Read More

Roof Assemblies - Significant Changes in Roofing Requirements - BASF Tue, Feb 08, 2022 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 ... Read More

What is the Required R-Value for Insulation When Reroofing? - January 2022 Sun, Jan 30, 2022 This question comes up often, especially when a contractor is dealing with replacing rigid insulation that makes up part of the roof assembly in low slope roofing. Read More

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