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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

Effects of Roof Color and Solar Reflectance on the Accumulation of Moisture in Membrane Roof Systems - December 2021 Mon, Jan 10, 2022 Moisture content within a roofing assembly may fluctuate significantly over the life of the roof depending on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, moisture in the existing roof assembly at the time of installation: interior and exterio... Read More

Designing Roof Tile Assemblies Throughout Florida - December 2021 Sun, Jan 09, 2022 Tile roofs provide a bold aesthetic appeal like no other roof system. Read More

Metal Roofing by the Sea - October 2021 Thu, Dec 02, 2021 In 2010, 123.3 million people lived in U.S. coastal counties according to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management. That’s a lot of people who require a lot of residential structures, whic... Read More

FRSA Tile Underlayment Testing Confirms Concerns - October 2021 Tue, Nov 30, 2021 In the May 2021 edition of Florida Roofing magazine, I wrote an article titled Florida May Have a Flaw in Our Roofing Code Armor. The article went into some detail about a possible problem with tile underlayment consisting of a nailed D226 #30 with a... Read More

Impacts of ASCE 7-16 Code Changes on Florida Solar Installers - August 2021 Sat, Aug 07, 2021 What is ASCE 7-16 and how does it affect residential solar projects in Florida? Read More

Benefits of Roof Coatings and the Differences Between “Painting” and “Coating” a Roof - July 2021 Mon, Jul 05, 2021 Today, more than ever roof, coatings are being used and discussed as a solution to maintain and extend the service life of existing roofs. There are many reasons for the accelerated growth roof coatings continue to enjoy. Before we cover those reason... Read More

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