Manny Oyola, Jr., Technical Manager Eastern Region FL, Eagle Roofing Products
Proper installation of hip and ridge roof tile is likely to be the difference between a roof that withstands the uplift pressures of a high wind event and one that fails to protect the building it covers. Let’s look at important components of properly installed hip and ridge tile.
Establishing the Wind Zone Requirements
Before designing and installing a roof, we must first know what the design speed requirements are for its location. Wind speed calculators available online (for instance, https://asce7hazardtool.online) can work very well in helping you determine the design requirements; however, it is critical to verify the building department’s set compliance requirements in the authority having jurisdiction. Once you have established design requirements, you can choose from one of four types of hip and ridge tile attachment methods. These methods are covered starting on page 14 of the FRSA-TRI Florida High Wind Concrete and Clay Tile Installation Manual and are code-compliant, by reference, in the standard region of the Florida Building Code.
Once you have selected which type of material you will use for the structural support (see Hip and Ridge Attachment table below), you can then use the corresponding instructions from the Tile Manual. However, before we look at the methods listed in the Tile Manual, it is important to note that an installation method typically used in the field does not follow the methods listed in the Tile Manual. Read more.