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International Building Code 2015 (IBC 2015)

Chapter 1 Scope and Administration

Chapter 2 Definitions

Chapter 3 Use and Occupancy Classification

Chapter 4 Special Detailed Requirements Based on Use and Occupancy

Chapter 5 General Building Heights and Areas

Chapter 6 Types of Construction

Chapter 7 Fire and Smoke Protection Features

Chapter 8 Interior Finishes

Chapter 9 Fire Protection Systems

Chapter 10 Means of Egress

Chapter 11 Accessibility

Chapter 12 Interior Environment

Chapter 13 Energy Efficiency

Chapter 14 Exterior Walls

Chapter 15 Roof Assemblies and Rooftop Structures

Chapter 16 Structural Design

Chapter 17 Special Inspections and Tests

Chapter 18 Soils and Foundations

Chapter 19 Concrete

Chapter 20 Aluminum

Chapter 21 Masonry

Chapter 22 Steel

Chapter 23 Wood

Chapter 24 Glass and Glazing

Chapter 25 Gypsum Board, Gypsum Panel Products and Plaster

Chapter 26 Plastic

Chapter 27 Electrical

Chapter 28 Mechanical Systems

Chapter 29 Plumbing Systems

Chapter 30 Elevators and Conveying Systems

Chapter 31 Special Construction

Chapter 32 Encroachments Into the Public Right-Of-Way

Chapter 33 Safeguards During Construction

Chapter 34 Reserved

Chapter 35 Referenced Standards

Chapter 36 Florida Fire Prevention Code

Appendix A Employee Qualifications

Appendix B Chapter 9b-52 F.A.C Florida Standard for Passive Radon-Resistant Construction

Appendix C Florida Standard for Mitigation of Radon in Existing Buildings

Appendix D Fire Districts

Appendix E Florida Standard for Radon-Resistant New Commercial Construction

Appendix F Rodentproofing

Appendix G Flood-Resistant Construction Reserved

Appendix H Signs

Appendix I Patio Covers

Appendix J Grading

Appendix K Administrative Provisions

Appendix L Earthquake Recording Instrumentation

Appendix M Tsunami-Generated Flood Hazard

The provisions of this chapter shall govern the design, materials, construction and quality of roof assemblies, and rooftop structures.

Exception: Buildings and structures located within the high-velocity hurricane zone shall comply with the provisions of Section 1503.7 and Sections 1512 through 1525.

The following words and terms shall, for the purposes of this chapter and as used elsewhere in this code, have the meanings shown herein.

AGGREGATE. In roofing, crushed stone, crushed slag or water-worn gravel used for surfacing for roof coverings.

BALLAST. In roofing, ballast comes in the form of large stones or paver systems or light-weight interlocking paver systems and is used to provide uplift resistance for roofing systems that are not adhered or mechanically attached to the roof deck.

BUILDING INTEGRATED PHOTOVOLTAIC ROOFING. A roofing product consisting of electricity generating photovoltaic component integrated into a roof covering.

BUILT-UP ROOF COVERING. Two or more layers of felt cemented together and surfaced with a cap sheet, mineral aggregate, smooth coating or similar surfacing material.

FLASHING. The roofing component used to seal roofing systems, where the system is interrupted or terminated.

INTERLAYMENT. A layer of felt or nonbituminous saturated felt not less than 18 inches (457 mm) wide, shingled between each course of a wood-shake roof covering.

MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT SCREEN. A partially enclosed rooftop structure used to aesthetically conceal heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) electrical or mechanical equipment from view.

METAL ROOF PANEL. An interlocking metal sheet having a minimum installed weather exposure of 3 square feet (0.279 m2) per sheet.

METAL ROOF SHINGLE. An interlocking metal sheet having an installed weather exposure less than 3 square feet (0.279 m2) per sheet.

MODIFIED BITUMEN ROOF COVERING. One or more layers of polymer-modified asphalt sheets. The sheet materials shall be fully adhered or mechanically attached to the substrate or held in place with an approved ballast layer.

PENTHOUSE. An enclosed, unoccupied structure above the roof of a building, other than a tank, tower, spire, dome cupola or bulkhead.

PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE. A complete, environmentally protected unit consisting of solar cells, optics and other components, exclusive of tracker, designed to generate DC power when exposed to sunlight.

PHOTOVOLTAIC PANEL. A collection of modules mechanically fastened together, wired and designed to provide a field-installable unit.

PHOTOVOLTAIC PANEL SYSTEM. A system that incorporates discrete photovoltaic panels, that converts solar radiation into electricity, including rack support systems.

POSITIVE ROOF DRAINAGE. The drainage condition in which consideration has been made for all loading deflections of the roof deck, and additional slope has been provided to ensure drainage of the roof within 48 hours of precipitation.

RADIANT BARRIER. A material having a low-emittance surface of 0.1 or less installed in building assemblies.

REROOFING. The process of recovering or replacing an existing roof covering. See “Roof recover” and “Roof replacement.”

ROOF ASSEMBLY. A system designed to provide weather protection and resistance to design loads. The system consists of a roof covering and roof deck or a single component serving as both the roof covering and the roof deck. A roof assembly includes the roof deck, vapor retarder, substrate or thermal barrier, insulation and roof covering.

The definition of “Roof assembly” is limited in application to the provisions of Chapter 15.

ROOF COVERING. The covering applied to the roof deck for weather resistance, fire classification or appearance.

ROOF COVERING SYSTEM. See “Roof assembly.”

ROOF DECK. The flat or sloped surface not including its supporting members or vertical supports.

ROOF RECOVER. The process of installing an additional roof covering over a prepared existing roof covering without removing the existing roof covering.

ROOF REPAIR. Reconstruction or renewal of any part of an existing roof for the purposes of its maintenance.

ROOF REPLACEMENT. The process of removing the existing roof covering, repairing any damaged substrate and installing a new roof covering.

ROOF SECTION. A separation or division of a roof area by existing joints, parapet walls, flashing (excluding valleys), difference of elevation (excluding hips and ridges), roof type or legal description; not including the roof area required for a proper tie-off with an existing system.

ROOF VENTILATION. The natural or mechanical process of supplying conditioned or unconditioned air to, or removing such air from, attics, cathedral ceilings or other enclosed spaces over which a roof assembly is installed.

ROOFTOP STRUCTURE. An enclosed structure on or above the roof of any part of a building.

SCUPPER. An opening in a wall or parapet that allows water to drain from a roof.

SINGLE-PLY MEMBRANE. A roofing membrane that is field applied using one layer of membrane material (either homogeneous or composite) rather than multiple layers.

UNDERLAYMENT. One or more layers of felt, sheathing paper, nonbituminous saturated felt or other approved material over which a steep-slope roof covering is applied.

VEGETATIVE ROOF. An assembly of interacting components designed to waterproof and normally insulate a building’s top surface that includes, by design, vegetation and related landscape elements.

Roof decks shall be covered with approved roof coverings secured to the building or structure in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. Roof coverings shall be designed and installed in accordance with this code and the approved manufacturer’s instructions such that the roof covering shall serve to protect the building or structure.

Flashing shall be used to seal roofing systems, where the system is interrupted or terminated and shall be installed in such a manner so as to prevent moisture entering the wall and roof through joints in copings, through moisture-permeable materials and at intersections with parapet walls and other penetrations through the roof plane.

TABLE 1503.2

METAL FLASHING MATERIAL

MATERIALMINIMUM
THICKNESS
(INCHES)
GAGEWEIGHT
(LBS PER SQ FT)
Copper1 (16 oz)
Aluminum0.024
Stainless Steel28
Galvanized
Steel
0.017926 (zinc
coated G90)
Aluminum Zinc
Coated Steel
0.017926 (AZ50
Alum Zinc)
Zinc Alloy0.027
Lead2.5 (40 oz)
Painted Terne1.25 (20 oz)

Flashing shall be installed at wall and roof intersections, at gutters, wherever there is a change in roof slope or direction and around roof openings. Where flashing is of metal, the metal shall be corrosion resistant with a thickness of not less than provided in Table 1503.2 or in compliance with RAS 111.

Exception: This requirement does not apply to hip and ridge junctions.

Parapet walls shall be properly coped with noncombustible, weatherproof materials of a width no less than the thickness of the parapet wall.
Unless roofs are sloped to drain over roof edges, design and installation of roof drainage systems shall comply with Section 1503 and the Florida Building Code, Plumbing, Chapter 11.
Where roof drains are required, secondary (emergency overflow) roof drains or scuppers shall be provided where the roof perimeter construction extends above the roof in such a manner that water will be entrapped if the primary drains allow buildup for any reason. The installation and sizing of secondary emergency overflow drains, leaders and conductors shall comply with Sections 1106 and 1107, as applicable, of the Florida Building Code, Plumbing, Chapter 11.
Where required for roof drainage, a scupper shall be placed level with the roof surface in a wall or parapet. The scupper shall be located as determined by the slope and the contributing area of the roof. The exterior facing or lining of a scupper, if metal, shall be the same as flashing material required by Sections 1503 through 1510 for the particular type of covering specified for the building. For other type materials, follow manufacturer’s specifications.
When other means of drainage of overflow water is not provided, overflow scuppers shall be placed in walls or parapets not less than 2 inches (51 mm) nor more than 4 inches (102 mm) above the finished roof covering and shall be located as close as practical to required vertical leaders or downspouts or wall and parapet scuppers. An overflow scupper shall be sized in accordance with the Florida Building Code, Plumbing.
Gutters and leaders placed on the outside of buildings, other than Group R-3, private garages and buildings of Type V construction, shall be of noncombustible material or a minimum of Schedule 40 plastic pipe.
Attic ventilation shall be provided in accordance with Section 1203.2 and the vent product manufacturer’s installation instructions.

A cricket or saddle shall be installed on the ridge side of any chimney or penetration greater than 30 inches (762 mm) wide as measured perpendicular to the slope. Cricket or saddle coverings shall be sheet metal or of the same material as the roof covering.

Exception: Unit skylights installed in accordance with Section 2405.5 and flashed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions shall be permitted to be installed without a cricket or saddle.

Condensate lines and roof downspouts shall discharge at least 1 foot (305 mm) away from the structure sidewall, whether by underground piping, tail extensions, or splash blocks. Gutters with downspouts are required on all buildings with eaves of less than 6 inches (152 mm) horizontal projection except for gable end rakes or on a roof above another roof.
Roof decks and roof coverings shall be designed for wind loads in accordance with Chapter 16 and Sections 1504.2, 1504.3 and 1504.4.
Asphalt shingles shall be designed for wind speeds in accordance with Section 1507.2.7.
Wind loads on clay and concrete tile roof coverings shall be in accordance with Section 1609.5.
Testing of concrete and clay roof tiles shall be in accordance with Sections 1504.2.1.1 and 1504.2.1.2.
Concrete and clay roof tiles shall be tested to determine their resistance to overturning due to wind in accordance with SBCCI SSTD 11 and Chapter 15.
Where concrete and clay roof tiles do not satisfy the limitations in Chapter 16 for rigid tile, a wind tunnel test shall be used to determine the wind characteristics of the concrete or clay tile roof covering in accordance with SBCCI SSTD 11 and Chapter 15.
Roof coverings installed on roofs in accordance with Section 1507 that are mechanically attached or adhered to the roof deck shall be designed to resist the design wind load pressures for components and cladding in accordance with Section 1609.
Built-up, modified bitumen, fully adhered or mechanically attached single-ply roof systems, metal panel roof systems applied to a solid or closely fitted deck and other types of membrane roof coverings shall be tested in accordance with FM 4474, UL 580 or UL 1897.

Metal panel roof system through fastened or standing seam shall be tested in accordance with UL 580 or ASTM E1592 or TAS 125.

Exceptions: Metal roofs constructed of cold-formed steel, where the roof deck acts as the roof covering and provides both weather protection and support for structural loads, shall be permitted to be designed and tested in accordance with the applicable referenced structural design standard in Section 2210.1.

Ballasted low-slope (roof slope < 2:12) single-ply roof system coverings installed in accordance with Sections 1507.12 and 1507.13 shall be designed in accordance with Section 1504.8 and ANSI/SPRI RP-4.
Low-slope built-up, modified bitumen and single-ply roof system metal edge securement, except gutters, shall be designed and installed for wind loads in accordance with Chapter 16 and tested for resistance in accordance with Test Methods RE-1, RE-2 and RE-3 of ANSI/SPRI ES-1, or RAS 111 except Vult wind speed shall be determined from Figure 1609.3(1), 1609.3(2) or 1609.3(3) as applicable.
Roof coverings installed on low-slope roofs (roof slope < 2:12) in accordance with Section 1507 shall demonstrate physical integrity over the working life of the roof based upon 2,000 hours of exposure to accelerated weathering tests conducted in accordance with ASTM G152, ASTM G153, ASTM G154 or ASTM G155. Those roof coverings that are subject to cyclical flexural response due to wind loads shall not demonstrate any significant loss of tensile strength for unreinforced membranes or breaking strength for reinforced membranes when tested as herein required.
Roof coverings installed on low-slope roofs (roof slope < 2:12) in accordance with Section 1507 shall resist impact damage based on the results of tests conducted in accordance with ASTM D3746, ASTM D4272, CGSB 37-GP-52M or the “Resistance to Foot Traffic Test” in Section 5.5 of FM 4470. All structural metal roofing systems having a thickness equal to or greater than 22 gage and all nonstructural metal roof systems having a thickness equal to or greater than 26 gage shall be exempt from the tests listed above.

Aggregate shall be permitted as roof surfacing when installed on slopes of 3:12 or less, not less than 400 pound (182 kg) of roofing gravel or 300 pounds (145 kg) of slag per square shall be applied. A minimum of 50 percent of the total aggregate shall be embedded in the flood coat of bitumen or installed in accordance with its product approval. Aggregate shall be dry and free from dirt and shall be in compliance with the sizing requirements set forth in ASTM D1863. A building official may request a test to confirm compliance with these requirements.

Table1504.8 Maximum Allowable Mean Roof Height Permitted for Buildings with Aggregate on the Roof in Areas Outside A Hurricane-Prone Region.
Reserved.

A margin of safety of 2:1 shall be applied to all wind-uplift resistance-test results except when a margin of safety is specified in the test standard.

Exception: Asphalt shingles testing resulting in a miles per hour rating as required in Section 1507.2.7.

Roof assemblies shall be divided into the classes defined below. Class A, B and C roof assemblies and roof coverings required to be listed by this section shall be tested in accordance with ASTM E108 or UL 790. In addition, fire-retardant-treated wood roof coverings shall be tested in accordance with ASTM D2898. The minimum roof coverings installed on buildings shall comply with Table 1505.1 based on the type of construction of the building.

Exception: Skylights and sloped glazing that comply with Chapter 24 or Section 2610.

TABLE 1505.1a, b

MINIMUM ROOF COVERING CLASSIFICATION FOR TYPES OF CONSTRUCTION

IAIBIIAIIBIIIAIIIBIVVAVB
BBBCcBCcBBCc

For SI: 1 foot = 304.8 mm, 1 square foot = 0.0929 m2.

  1. Unless otherwise required in accordance with the International Wildland-Urban Interface Code or due to the location of the building within a fire district in accordance with Appendix D.
  2. Nonclassified roof coverings shall be permitted on buildings of Group R-3 and Group U occupancies, where there is a minimum fire-separation distance of 6 feet measured from the leading edge of the roof.
  3. Buildings that are not more than two stories above grade plane and having not more than 6,000 square feet of projected roof area and where there is a minimum 10-foot fire-separation distance from the leading edge of the roof to a lot line on all sides of the building, except for street fronts or public ways, shall be permitted to have roofs of No. 1 cedar or redwood shakes and No. 1 shingles constructed in accordance with Section 1505.7.

Class A roof assemblies are those that are effective against severe fire test exposure. Class A roof assemblies and roof coverings shall be listed and identified as Class A by an approved testing agency. Class A roof assemblies shall be permitted for use in buildings or structures of all types of construction.

Exceptions:

  1. Class A roof assemblies include those with coverings of brick, masonry or an exposed concrete roof deck.
  2. Class A roof assemblies also include ferrous or copper shingles or sheets, metal sheets and shingles, clay or concrete roof tile or slate installed on noncombustible decks or ferrous, copper or metal sheets installed without a roof deck on noncombustible framing.
  3. Class A roof assemblies include minimum 16 ounce per square foot (0.0416 kg/m2) copper sheets installed over combustible decks.
  4. Reserved.
Class B roof assemblies are those that are effective against moderate fire-test exposure. Class B roof assemblies and roof coverings shall be listed and identified as Class B by an approved testing agency.
Class C roof assemblies are those that are effective against light fire-test exposure. Class C roof assemblies and roof coverings shall be listed and identified as Class C by an approved testing agency.
Nonclassified roofing is approved material that is not listed as a Class A, B or C roof covering.
Fire-retardant-treated wood shakes and shingles shall be treated by impregnation with chemicals by the full-cell vacuum-pressure process, in accordance with AWPA C1. Each bundle shall be marked to identify the manufactured unit and the manufacturer, and shall also be labeled to identify the classification of the material in accordance with the testing required in Section 1505.1, the treating company and the quality control agency.
Reserved.
Reserved.
Reserved.
Reserved.
The requirements set forth in this section shall apply to the application of roof-covering materials specified herein. Roof coverings shall be applied in accordance with this chapter and the manufacturer’s installation instructions. Installation of roof coverings shall comply with the applicable provisions of Section 1507.
Roof-covering materials shall conform to the applicable standards listed in this chapter.
Roofs and roof coverings shall be of materials that are compatible with each other and with the building or structure to which the materials are applied.
Roof-covering materials shall be delivered in packages bearing the manufacturer’s identifying marks and approved testing agency labels required in accordance with Section 1505. Bulk shipments and/or site manufactured materials shall be accompanied with the same information or issued in the form of a certificate or on a bill of lading by the manufacturer.
Roof-covering materials shall conform to the applicable standards listed in this chapter. In the absence of applicable standards or where materials are of questionable suitability, testing by an approved agency shall be required by the building code official to determine the character, quality and limitations of application of the materials.
Nails shall be corrosion-resistant nails conforming to ASTM F1667 or an equal corrosion resistance by coating, electro galvanization, mechanical galvanization, hotdipped galvanization, stainless steel, nonferrous metal and alloys or other suitable corrosion-resistant material, or corrosion resistance shall be demonstrated in accordance with TAS114, Appendix E.

Wood screws conform to ANSI/ASME B18.6.1. Screws shall be corrosion resistant by coating, galvanization, stainless steel, nonferrous metal or other suitable corrosion-resistant material. The corrosion resistance shall be demonstrated through one of the following methods:

  1. Corrosion resistance equivalent to ASTM A641, Class 1;
  2. Corrosion resistance in accordance with TAS114, Appendix E; or
  3. Corrosion-resistant coating exhibiting not more than 5 percent red rust after 1000 hours exposure in accordance with ASTM B117.
Clips shall be corrosion-resistant clips. The corrosion resistance shall meet 0.90 ounce per square foot (0.458 kg/m2) measured according to ASTM A90/A90M, TAS 114, Appendix E or an equal corrosion-resistance coating, electro galvanization, mechanical galvanization, hot dipped galvanization, stainless steel, nonferrous metals and alloys or other suitable corrosion-resistant material. Stainless steel clips shall conform to ASTM A240/A240M, Type 304.
Roof coverings shall be applied in accordance with the applicable provisions of this section and the manufacturer’s installation instructions.

Unless otherwise noted, underlayment for asphalt shingles, metal roof panels, metal roof shingles, mineral surfaced roll roofing, slate shingles, wood shingles, and wood shakes shall conform to the applicable standards listed in this chapter. Underlayment materials required to comply with ASTM D226, D1970, D4869 and D6757 shall bear a label indicating compliance to the standard designation and, if applicable, type classification indicated in Table 1507.1.1. Underlayment shall be applied and attached in accordance with Table 1507.1.1.

Exception: A reinforced synthetic underlayment that is approved as an alternative to underlayment complying with ASTM D226 Type II and having a minimum tear strength per ASTM D1970 or ASTM D4533 of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) shall be permitted. This underlayment shall be installed and attached in accordance with the underlayment attachment methods of Table 1507.1.1 for the applicable roof covering and slope, except metal cap nails shall be required where the ultimate design wind speed, Vult, equals or exceeds 150 mph.

TABLE 1507.1.1

UNDERLAYMENT TABLE

Roof Covering SectionRoof Slope 2:12 and Less Than 4:12 Underlayment
Attachmenta
Roof Slope 4:12 and Greater Underlayment
Attachmenta
Asphalt shingles ASTM D226 Type I or II
ASTM D4869 Type II, III or IV
ASTM D6757
1ASTM D226 Type II
ASTM D4869 Type IV
ASTM D6757
2
ASTM D19703ASTM D19703
Concrete and Clay Tile See Section 1507.3.3
Metal roof panels ASTM D226 Type I or II
ASTM D4869 Type II, III or IV
ASTM D6757
1ASTM D226 Type II
ASTM D4869 Type IV
ASTM D6757
2
ASTM D19703ASTM D19703
Metal roof shingles
roofing
1507.5
ASTM D226 Type I or II
ASTM D4869 Type II, III or IV
ASTM D6757
1ASTM D226 Type II
ASTM D4869 Type IV
ASTM D6757
2
ASTM D19703ASTM D19703
Mineral-surfaced roll
roofing
1507.6
ASTM D226 Type I or II
ASTM D4869 Type II, III or IV
ASTM D6757
1ASTM D226 Type II
ASTM D4869 Type IV
ASTM D6757
2
ASTM D19703ASTM D19703
Slate shingles ASTM D226 Type I or II
ASTM D4869 Type II, III or IV
ASTM D6757
1ASTM D226 Type II
ASTM D4869 Type IV
ASTM D6757
2
ASTM D19703ASTM D19703
Wood shingles ASTM D226 Type I or II
ASTM D4869 Type II, III or IV
1ASTM D226 Type II
ASTM D4869 Type IV
2
Wood shakes Limited to roof slopes
4:12 and Greater
ASTM D226 Type II
ASTM D4869 Type IV
2
Photovoltaic Shingles ASTM D226 Type I or II
ASTM D4869 Type II, III or IV
ASTM D6757
1ASTM D226 Type II
ASTM D4869 Type IV
ASTM D6757
2
ASTM D19703ASTM D19703

aUnderlayment Attachment

  1. Roof slopes from two units vertical in 12 units horizontal (17-percent slope), and less than four units vertical in 12 units horizontal (33-percent slope). Apply a 19-inch (483 mm) strip of underlayment felt parallel to and starting at the eaves, fastened sufficiently to hold in place. Starting at the eave, apply 36-inchwide (914 mm) sheets of underlayment, overlapping successive sheets 19 inches (483 mm), end laps shall be 6 inches and shall be offset by 6 feet. The underlayment shall be attached to a nailable deck with corrosion-resistant fasteners with one row centered in the field of the sheet with a maximum fastener spacing of 12 inches (305 mm) o.c., and one row at the end and side laps fastened 6 inches (152 mm) o.c. Underlayment shall be attached using metal or plastic cap nails with a nominal cap diameter of not less than 1 inch. Metal caps shall have a thickness of not less than 32-gage sheet metal. Power-driven metal caps shall have a minimum thickness of 0.010 inch. Minimum thickness of the outside edge of plastic caps shall be 0.035 inch. The cap nail shank shall be not less than 0.083 inch for ring shank cap nails and 0.091 inch for smooth shank cap nails. Cap nail shank shall have a length sufficient to penetrate through the roof sheathing or not less than 3/4 inch into the roof sheathing.
  2. Roof slopes of four units vertical in 12 units horizontal (33-percent slope) or greater. Underlayment shall be applied shingle fashion, parallel to and starting from the eave and lapped 4 inches (51 mm), end laps shall be 6 inches and shall be offset by 6 feet. The underlayment shall be attached to a nailable deck with two staggered rows in the field of the sheet with a maximum fastener spacing of 12 inches (305 mm) o.c., and one row at the end and side laps fastened 6 inches (152 mm) o.c. Underlayment shall be attached using metal or plastic cap nails with a nominal cap diameter of not less than 1 inch. Metal caps shall have a thickness of not less than 32-gage sheet metal. Power-driven metal caps shall have a minimum thickness of 0.010 inch. Minimum thickness of the outside edge of plastic caps shall be 0.035 inch. The cap nail shank shall be not less than 0.083 inch for ring shank cap nails and 0.091 inch for smooth shank cap nails. Cap nail shank shall have a length sufficient to penetrate through the roof sheathing or not less than 3/4 inch into the roof sheathing.
  3. Roof slopes from two units vertical in 12 units horizontal (17-percent slope), and greater. The entire roof deck shall be covered with an approved self-adhering polymer modified bitumen underlayment complying with ASTM D1970 installed in accordance with both the underlayment manufacturer’s and roof covering manufacturer’s installation instructions for the deck material, roof ventilation configuration and climate exposure for the roof covering to be installed.

    Exception: A minimum 4-inch-wide (102 mm) strip of self-adhering polymer-modified bitumen membrane complying with ASTM D1970, installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions for the deck material, shall be applied over all joints in the roof decking. An approved underlayment in accordance with Table 1507.1.1 for the applicable roof covering shall be applied over the entire roof over the 4-inch-wide (102 mm) membrane strips.

The installation of asphalt shingles shall comply with the provisions of this section. or RAS 115.
Asphalt shingles shall be fastened to solidly sheathed decks.
Asphalt shingles shall only be used on roof slopes of two units vertical in 12 units horizontal (17- percent slope) or greater. For roof slopes from two units vertical in 12 units horizontal (17-percent slope) up to four units vertical in 12 units horizontal (33-percent slope), double underlayment application is required in accordance with Section 1507.2.8.
Underlayment shall comply and be installed in accordance with Section 1507.1.1.
Self-adhering polymer modified bitumen sheet shall comply with ASTM D1970.
Asphalt shingles shall have self-seal strips or be interlocking and comply with ASTM D225 or ASTM D3462. Shingles shall also comply with Table 1507.2.7.1. Asphalt shingle packaging shall bear labeling indicating compliance with one of the required classifications as shown in Table 1507.2.7.1.
Fasteners for asphalt shingles shall be galvanized, stainless steel, aluminum or copper roofing nails, minimum 12-gage [0.105 inch (2.67 mm)] shank with a minimum 3/8-inch-diameter (9.5 mm) head, of a length to penetrate through the roofing materials and a minimum of 3/4 inch (19.1 mm) into the roof sheathing. Where the roof sheathing is less than 3/4 inch (19.1 mm) thick, the nails shall penetrate through the sheathing. Fasteners shall comply with ASTM F1667.
The nail component of plastic cap nails shall meet the corrosion-resistance requirements of Section 1506.5.
Asphalt shingles shall have the minimum number of fasteners required by the manufacturer and Section 1504.1. Asphalt shingles shall be secured to the roof with not less than four fasteners per strip shingle or two fasteners per individual shingle. Where the roof slope exceeds 21 units vertical in 12 units horizontal (21:12), asphalt shingles shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s printed installation instructions for steep-slope roof applications.

Asphalt shingles shall be classified in accordance with ASTM D3161, ASTM D7158 or TAS 107. Shingles classified as ASTM D3161 Class D or ASTM D7158 Class G are acceptable for use where Vasd is equal to or less than 100 mph. Shingles classified as ASTM D3161 Class F, ASTM D7158 Class H or TAS 107 are acceptable for use for all wind speeds. Asphalt shingle wrappers shall indicate compliance with one of the required classifications, as shown in Table 1507.2.7.1.

TABLE 1507.2.7.1

CLASSIFICATION OF ASPHALT SHINGLES

MAXIMUM BASIC WIND
SPEED FROM
FIGURE 1609A, B, C or ASCE-7
VasdASTM D7158ASTM D3161
11085D, G or HD or F
11690D, G or HD or F
129100G or HD or F
142110G or HF
155120G or HF
168130HF
181140HF
194150HF
Underlayment shall comply with Section 1507.1.1.
Reserved.
Reserved.
Flashing for asphalt shingles shall comply with this section or RAS 111. Flashing shall be applied in accordance with this section, the asphalt shingle manufacturer’s printed instructions or RAS 111.

Base and counter flashing shall be installed as follows:

  1. In accordance with manufacturer’s installation instructions, or
  2. In compliance with RAS-111, or
  3. A continuous metal minimum 4 inches by 4 inches “L” flashing shall be set in approved flashing cement and set flush to the base of the wall and over the underlayment. Both horizontal and vertical metal flanges shall be fastened 6 inches (152 mm) on center with approved fasteners. All laps shall be a minimum of 4 inches (102 mm) fully sealed in approved flashing cement. Flashing shall start at the lower portion of roof to insure water-shedding capabilities of all metal laps. The entire edge of the horizontal flange shall be sealed covering all nail penetrations with approved flashing cement and membrane. Shingles will overlap the horizontal flange and shall be set in approved flashing cement.

Base flashing shall be of either corrosion-resistant metal with a minimum thickness provided in Table 1503.2 or mineral surface roll roofing weighing a minimum of 77 pounds per 100 square feet (3.76 kg/ m2). Counter flashing shall be corrosion-resistant metal with a minimum thickness provided in Table 1503.2.

Valley linings shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions before applying shingles. Valley linings of the following types shall be permitted:

  1. For open valleys (valley lining exposed) lined with metal, the valley lining shall be at least 16 inches (406 mm) wide and of any of the corrosion-resistant metals in Table 1503.2.
  2. For open valleys, valley lining of two plies of mineral-surfaced roll roofing complying with ASTM D3909 or ASTM D6380 Class M-03 shall be permitted. The bottom layer shall be 18 inches (457 mm) and the top layer a minimum of 36 inches (914 mm) wide.
  3. For closed valleys (valleys covered with shingles), valley lining of one ply of smooth roll roofing complying with ASTM D6380 Class S-03, and at least 36 inches (914 mm) wide or types as described in Item 1 or 2 above shall be permitted. Self-adhering polymer modified bitumen underlayment complying with ASTM D1970 shall be permitted in lieu of the lining material.

Table1507.2.9.2 Valley Lining Material.
Reserved.

Provide drip edge at eaves and gables of shingle roofs. Overlap to be a minimum of 3 inches (76 mm). Eave drip edges shall extend 1/2 inch (13 mm) below sheathing and extend back on the roof a minimum of 2 inches (51 mm). Drip edge at eaves shall be permitted to be installed either over or under the underlayment. If installed over the underlayment, there shall be a minimum 4 inches (51 mm) width of roof cement installed over the drip edge flange. Drip edge shall be mechanically fastened a maximum of 12 inches (305 mm) on center. Where the Vasd, as determined in accordance with Section 1609.3.1, is 110 mph (177 km/h) or greater or the mean roof height exceeds 33 feet (10 058 mm), drip edges shall be mechanically fastened a maximum of 4 inches (102 mm) on center.
The installation of clay and concrete tile shall comply with the provisions of this section.
Concrete and clay tile shall be installed only over solid sheathing except where the roof covering is specifically designed and tested in accordance with Section 1609.5.2 to be applied over structural spaced sheathing boards
Clay and concrete roof tile shall be installed in accordance with the recommendations of FRSA/TRI Florida High Wind Concrete and Clay Roof Tile Installation Manual, Fifth Edition where the Vasd as determined in accordance with Section 1609.3.1 or the recommendations of RAS 118, 119 or 120.
Unless otherwise noted, underlayment shall be applied according to the underlayment manufacturer's installation instructions or the recommendations of the FRSA/TRI Florida High Wind Concrete and Clay Roof Tile Installation Manual, Fifth Edition where the basic wind speed, Vasd, is determined in accordance with Section 1609.3.1 or the recommendations of RAS 118, 119 or 120.
Refer to FRSA/TRI Florida High Wind Concrete and Clay Roof Tile Installation Manual, Fifth Edition (2012) where the basic wind speed Vasd is determined in accordance with Section 1609.3.1 for underlayment and slope requirements for specific roof tile systems or the recommendations of RAS 111, 118, 119 or 120.
Reserved.
Reserved.
Clay roof tile shall comply with ASTM C1167.
Concrete roof tile shall comply with ASTM C1492.
Tile fasteners shall be corrosion resistant and not less than 11-gage, 5/16-inch (8.0 mm) head, and of sufficient length to penetrate the deck a minimum of 3/4 inch (19.1 mm) or through the thickness of the deck, whichever is less. Attaching wire for clay or concrete tile shall not be smaller than 0.083 inch (2.1 mm). Perimeter fastening areas include three tile courses but not less than 36 inches (914 mm) from either side of hips or ridges and edges of eaves and gable rakes.

Clay and concrete roof tiles shall be fastened in accordance with Section 1609 or in accordance with FRSA/TRI Florida High Wind Concrete and Clay Roof Tile Installation Manual, Fifth Edition where the basic wind speed, Vasd, is determined in accordance with Section 1609.3.1.

Table 1507.3.7 Clay and Concrete Tile Attachment.
Reserved.

Tile shall be applied according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions or recommendations of the FRSA/TRI Florida High Wind Concrete and Clay Roof Tile Installation Manual, Fifth Edition where the basic wind speed, Vasd, is determined in accordance with Section 1609.3.1 or the recommendation of RAS 118, 119 or 120.
At the juncture of the roof vertical surfaces, flashing and counterflashing shall be provided in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation instructions or the recommendations of the FRSA/TRI Florida High Wind Concrete and Clay Roof Tile Installation Manual, Fifth Edition where the basic wind speed, Vasd, is determined in accordance with Section 1609.3.1 or the recommendation of RAS 118, 119 or 120.
The installation of metal roof panels shall comply with the provisions of this section. Metal roofing panels shall be factory or field manufactured in accordance with the manufacturers’ product approval specifications and limitations of use. Metal roofing panels shall be factory or field manufactured under a quality assurance program that is audited by a third-party quality assurance entity approved by the Florida Building Commission for that purpose.
Metal roof panel roof coverings shall be applied to a solid or closely fitted deck, except where the roof covering is specifically designed to be applied to spaced supports.

Minimum slopes for metal roof panels shall comply with the following:

  1. The minimum slope for lapped, nonsoldered seam metal roof panels without applied lap sealant shall be three units vertical in 12 units horizontal (25-percent slope).
  2. The minimum slope for lapped, nonsoldered seam metal roof panels with applied lap sealant shall be one-half unit vertical in 12 units horizontal (4-percent slope). Lap sealants shall be applied in accordance with the approved manufacturer’s installation instructions.
  3. The minimum slope for standing-seam metal roof panel systems shall be one-quarter unit vertical in 12 units horizontal (2-percent slope).

Metal-sheet roof covering systems that incorporate supporting structural members shall be designed in accordance with Chapter 22. Metal-sheet roof coverings installed over structural decking shall comply with Table 1507.4.3(1). The materials used for metal-sheet roof coverings shall be naturally corrosion resistant or provided with corrosion resistance in accordance with the standards and minimum thicknesses shown in Table 1507.4.3(2).

TABLE 1507.4.3(1)

METAL ROOF COVERINGS

ROOF COVERING
TYPE
STANDARD APPLICATION
RATE/THICKNESS
AluminumASTM B209, 0.024 inch minimum thickness
for roll-formed panels and 0.019 inch minimum
thickness for press-formed shingles.
Aluminum-zinc
alloy coated steel
ASTM A792 AZ 50
Cold-rolled copperASTM B370 minimum 16 oz./sq. ft. and 12
oz./sq. ft. high yield copper for metal-sheet
roof covering systems: 12 oz./sq. ft. for preformed
metal shingle systems.
Copper16 oz./sq. ft. for metal-sheet roof-covering
systems; 12 oz./sq. ft. for preformed metal
shingle systems.
Galvanized steelASTM A653 G-90 zinc-coateda.
Hard lead2 lbs./sq. ft.
Lead-coated copperASTM B101
Prepainted steelASTM A755
Soft lead3 lbs./sq. ft.
Stainless steelASTM A240/A204M, 300 Series Alloys
SteelASTM A924
Terne and terne-
coated stainless
Terne coating of 40 lbs. per double base box,
field painted where applicable in accordance
with manufacturer’s installation instructions.
Zinc0.027 inch minimum thickness; 99.995%
electrolytic high grade zinc with alloy additives
of copper (0.08% - 0.20%), titanium
(0.07% - 0.12%) and aluminum (0.015%).

For SI: 1 ounce per square foot = 0.305 kg/m2,

1 pound per square foot = 4.882 kg/m2,

1 inch = 25.4 mm, 1 pound = 0.454 kg.

  1. For Group U buildings, the minimum coating thickness for ASTM A653 galvanized steel roofing shall be G-60.

TABLE 1507.4.3(2)

MINIMUM CORROSION RESISTANCE

55% Aluminum-zinc alloy coated steelASTM A792 AZ 50
5% Aluminum alloy-coated steelASTM A875 GF60
Aluminum-coated steelASTM A463 T2 65
Galvanized steelASTM A653 G-90
Prepainted steelASTM A755a
  1. Paint systems in accordance with ASTM A755 shall be applied over steel products with corrosion-resistant coatings complying with ASTM A792, ASTM A875, ASTM A463 or ASTM A653.

Metal roof panels shall be secured to the supports in accordance with the approved manufacturer’s fasteners. In the absence of manufacturer recommendations, the following fasteners shall be used:

  1. Galvanized fasteners shall be used for steel roofs.
  2. Copper, brass, bronze, copper alloy or 300 series stainless-steel fasteners shall be used for copper roofs.
  3. Stainless-steel fasteners are acceptable for all types of metal roofs.
  4. Aluminum fasteners are acceptable for aluminum roofs attached to aluminum supports.
Reserved.
Underlayment shall comply with and be installed in accordance with Section 1507.1.1.
The installation of metal roof shingles shall comply with the provisions of this section.
Metal roof shingles shall be applied to a solid or closely fitted deck, except where the roof covering is specifically designed to be applied to spaced sheathing.
Metal roof shingles shall not be installed on roof slopes below three units vertical in 12 units horizontal (25-percent slope).
Underlayment shall comply with and be installed in accordance with Section 1507.1.1.
Reserved.
Reserved.
Metal roof shingle roof coverings shall comply with Table 1507.4.3(1). The materials used for metal-roof shingle roof coverings shall be naturally corrosion resistant or provided with corrosion resistance in accordance with the standards and minimum thicknesses specified in the standards listed in Table 1507.4.3(2).
Metal roof shingles shall be secured to the roof in accordance with the approved manufacturer’s installation instructions.
Roof valley flashing shall be of corrosion-resistant metal of the same material as the roof covering or shall comply with the standards in Table 1507.4.3(1). The valley flashing shall extend at least 8 inches (203 mm) from the centerline each way and shall have a splash diverter rib not less than 0.75 inch (19.1 mm) high at the flow line formed as part of the flashing. Sections of flashing shall have an end lap of not less than 4 inches (102 mm).
The installation of mineral-surfaced roll roofing shall comply with this section.
Mineral-surfaced roll roofing shall be fastened to solidly sheathed roofs.
Mineral-surfaced roll roofing shall not be applied on roof slopes below one unit vertical in 12 units horizontal (8-percent slope).
Underlayment shall comply with and be installed in accordance with Section 1507.1.1.
Reserved.
Reserved.
Mineral-surfaced roll roofing shall conform to ASTM D3909 or ASTM D6380 Class M or Class WS.
The installation of slate shingles shall comply with the provisions of this section.
Slate shingles shall be fastened to solidly sheathed roofs.
Slate shingles shall only be used on slopes of four units vertical in 12 units horizontal (4:12) or greater.
Underlayment shall comply with and be installed in accordance with Section 1507.1.1.
Reserved.
Reserved.
Slate shingles shall comply with ASTM C406.

Minimum headlap for slate shingles shall be in accordance with Table 1507.7.6. Slate shingles shall be secured to the roof with two fasteners per slate.

TABLE 1507.7.6

SLATE SHINGLE HEADLAP

SLOPEHEADLAP
(inches)
4:12 < slope < 8:124
8:12 < slope < 20:123
slope = 20:122

For SI: 1 inch = 25.4 mm.

Flashing and counterflashing shall be made with sheet metal. Valley flashing shall be a minimum of 16 inches (381 mm) wide. Valley and flashing metal shall be a minimum thickness provided in Table 1503.2 nonferrous metal or stainless steel.

All wood shingles shall be installed in accordance with this chapter and the manufacturer’s installation instructions, the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau New Roof Construction Manual or RAS 130. The product approval shall state the allowable uplift resistance for the attachment system. The installation of wood shingles shall be limited to roofs where the allowable uplift resistance is equal to or greater than the design uplift pressure for the roof in compliance with Section 1504.1.

Table 1507.8 Wood Shingle and Shake Installation.
Reserved.

Reserved.
Reserved.
Reserved.
Underlayment shall comply with and be installed in accordance with Section 1507.1.1.
Reserved.
Reserved.

Wood shingles shall be of naturally durable wood and comply with the requirements of Table 1507.8.5.

TABLE 1507.8.5

WOOD SHINGLE MATERIAL REQUIREMENTS

MATERIALAPPLICABLE
MINIMUM GRADES
GRADING
RULES
Wood shingles of naturally
durable wood
1, 2 or 3CSSB

CSSB = Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau

Reserved.
Fasteners to attach wood shingles shall be Type 304 (Type 316 for coastal areas) stainless steel ring-shank nails with a minimum penetration of 3/4 inch (19.1 mm) into the sheathing. Each shingle shall be attached with a minimum of two fasteners.

Reserved.

Table1507.8.7 Wood Shingle Weather Exposure and Roof Slope.
Reserved.

Reserved.
Each bundle of shingles shall be identified by a label of an approved grading or inspection bureau or agency.
All wood shakes shall be installed in accordance with this chapter and the manufacturer’s installation instructions, the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau New Roof Construction Manual or RAS 130. The product approval shall state the allowable uplift resistance for the attachment system. The installation of wood shakes shall be limited to roofs where the allowable uplift resistance is equal to or greater than the design uplift pressure for the roof in compliance with Section 1504.1.
Reserved.
Reserved.
Reserved.
Underlayment shall comply with and be installed in accordance with Section 1507.1.1.
Reserved.
Reserved.
Reserved.

Wood shakes shall comply with the requirements of Table 1507.9.6.

TABLE 1507.9.6

WOOD SHAKE MATERIAL REQUIREMENTS

MATERIALMINIMUM APPLICABLE
GRADING
RULES
Wood shakes of naturally durable wood1CSSB
Taper sawn shakes of naturally durable
wood
1 or 2CSSB
Preservative-treated shakes and shingles of 1CSSB
Fire-retardant-treated shakes and shingles 1CSSB
Preservative-treated taper sawn shakes of
Southern pine treated in accordance with
AWPA U1 (Commodity Specification A,
Use Category 3B and Section 5.6)
1 or 2TFS

CSSB = Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau.

TFS = Forest Products Laboratory of the Texas Forest Services.

Reserved.
Fasteners to attach wood shakes shall be Type 304 (Type 316 for coastal areas) stainless steel ring-shank nails with a minimum penetration of 3/4 inch (19.1 mm) into the sheathing. Each shake shall be attached with a minimum of two fasteners.

Reserved.

Table 1507.9.8 Wood Shake Weather Exposure and Roof Slope.
Reserved.

Reserved.
Each bundle of shakes shall be identified by a label of an approved grading or inspection bureau or agency.
The installation of built-up roofs shall comply with the provisions of this section.
Built-up roofs shall have a design slope of not less than one-fourth unit vertical in 12 units horizontal (2-percent slope) for drainage, except for coal-tar built-up roofs that shall have a design slope of not less than one-eighth unit vertical in 12 units horizontal (1-percent slope).

Built-up roof covering materials shall comply with the standards in Table 1507.10.2 or UL 55A.

TABLE 1507.10.2

BUILT-UP ROOFING MATERIAL STANDARDS

MATERIAL STANDARDSTANDARD
Acrylic coatings used in roofingASTM D6083
Aggregate surfacingASTM D1863
Asphalt adhesive used in roofingASTM D3747
Asphalt cements used in roofingASTM D3019; D2822;
D4586
Asphalt-coated glass fiber base sheetASTM D4601
Asphalt coatings used in roofingASTM D1227; D2823;
D2824; D4479
Asphalt glass feltASTM D2178
Asphalt primer used in roofingASTM D41
Asphalt-saturated and asphalt-coated
organic felt base sheet
ASTM D2626
Asphalt-saturated organic felt (perforated)ASTM D226
Asphalt used in roofingASTM D312
Coal-tar cements used in roofingASTM D4022; D5643
Coal-tar saturated organic feltASTM D227
Coal-tar pitch used in roofingASTM D450; Type I or II
Coal-tar primer used in roofing,
dampproofing and waterproofing
ASTM D43
Glass mat, coal tarASTM D4990
Glass mat, venting typeASTM D4897
Mineral-surfaced inorganic cap sheetASTM D3909
Thermoplastic fabrics used in roofingASTM D5665, D5726
Red rosin paper shall be used when the membrane is applied directly to a wood deck or cementitious fiber decks.
The installation of modified bitumen roofing shall comply with the provisions of this section.
Modified bitumen membrane roofs shall have a design slope of not less than one-fourth unit vertical in 12 units horizontal (2-percent slope) for drainage.
Modified bitumen roof coverings shall comply with CGSB 37-GP-56M, ASTM D6162, ASTM D6163, ASTM D6164, ASTM D6222, ASTM D6223, ASTM D6298 or ASTM D6509.
The installation of thermoset single-ply roofing shall comply with the provisions of this section.
Thermoset single-ply membrane roofs shall have a design slope of not less than one-fourth unit vertical in 12 units horizontal (2-percent slope) for drainage.
Thermoset single-ply roof coverings shall comply with ASTM D4637, ASTM D5019 or CGSB 37-GP-52M.
Ballasted thermoset low-slope roofs (roof slope < 2:12) shall be installed in accordance with this section and Section 1504.4. Stone used as ballast shall comply with ASTM D448 or ASTM D7655.
The installation of thermoplastic single-ply roofing shall comply with the provisions of this section.
Thermoplastic single-ply membrane roofs shall have a design slope of not less than one-fourth unit vertical in 12 units horizontal (2-percent slope).
Thermoplastic single-ply roof coverings shall comply with ASTM D4434, ASTM D6754, ASTM D6878 or CGSB CAN/CGSB 37-54.
Ballasted thermoplastic low-slope roofs (roof slope < 2:12) shall be installed in accordance with this section and Section 1504.4. Stone used as ballast shall comply with ASTM D448 or ASTM D7655.
The installation of sprayed polyurethane foam roofing shall comply with the provisions of this section or in compliance with RAS 109 and 109-A.
Sprayed polyurethane foam roofs shall have a design slope of not less than one-fourth unit vertical in 12 units horizontal (2-percent slope) for drainage.
Spray-applied polyurethane foam insulation shall comply with Type III or IV as defined in ASTM C1029.

Foamed-in-place roof insulation shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. A liquid-applied protective coating that complies with Table 1507.14.3 shall be applied no less than 2 hours nor more than 72 hours following the application of the foam.

TABLE 1507.14.3

PROTECTIVE COATING MATERIAL STANDARDS

MATERIALSTANDARD
Acrylic coatingASTM D6083
Silicone coatingASTM D6694
Moisture-cured polyurethane coatingASTM D6947
Foam plastic materials and installation shall comply with Chapter 26.
The installation of liquid-applied roofing shall comply with the provisions of this section.
Liquid-applied roofing shall have a design slope of not less than one-fourth unit vertical in 12 units horizontal (2-percent slope).
Liquid-applied roofing shall comply with ASTM C836, ASTM C957, ASTM D1227 or ASTM D3468, ASTM D6083, ASTM D6694 or ASTM D6947.
Vegetative roofs, roof gardens and landscaped roofs shall comply with the requirements of this chapter, Sections 1607.12.3 and 1607.12.3.1 and the Florida Fire Prevention Code.
The structural frame and roof construction supporting the load imposed upon the roof by the vegetative roof, roof gardens or landscaped roofs shall comply with the requirements of Table 601.
Building integrated photovoltaic roofing modules/shingles. The installation of building integrated photovoltaic roofing modules/shingles shall comply with the provisions of this section.
Reserved.
Reserved.
Underlayment shall comply and be installed in accordance with Section 1507.1.1.
Reserved.
Reserved.
Reserved.
Reserved.
Building integrated photovoltaic roofing modules/shingles shall be listed and labeled in accordance with UL 1703.
Building integrated photovoltaic roofing modules/shingles shall be attached in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
Building integrated photovoltaic roofing modules/shingles shall be tested in accordance with procedures and acceptance criteria in ASTM D3161 or TAS 107. Building integrated photovoltaic roofing modules/shingles shall comply with the classification requirements of Table 1507.2.7.1 for the appropriate maximum basic wind speed. Building integrated photovoltaic roofing modules/shingles packaging shall bear a label to indicate compliance with the procedures in ASTM D3161 or TAS 107 and the required classification from Table 1507.2.7.1.
Solar photovoltaic panels/modules installed upon a roof or as an integral part of a roof assembly shall comply with the requirements of this code and the Florida Fire Prevention Code.
The structural frame and roof construction supporting the load imposed upon the roof by the photovoltaic panels/modules shall comply with the requirements of Table 601.

The use of above-deck thermal insulation shall be permitted provided such insulation is covered with an approved roof covering and passes the tests of NFPA 276 or UL 1256 when tested as an assembly.

Exceptions:

  1. Foam plastic roof insulation shall conform to the material and installation requirements of Chapter 26.
  2. Where a concrete roof deck is used and the above-deck thermal insulation is covered with an approved roof covering.
Cellulosic fiberboard roof insulation shall conform to the material and installation requirements of Chapter 23.

Above-deck thermal insulation board shall comply with the standards in Table 1508.2.

[BF] TABLE 1508.2

MATERIAL STANDARDS FOR ROOF INSULATION

Cellular glass boardASTM C552
Composite boardsASTM C1289, Type III, IV, V or VI
Expanded polystyreneASTM C578
Extruded polystyreneASTM C578
Fiber-reinforced gypsum boardASTM C1278
Glass-faced gypsum boardASTM C1177
Lightweight insulating ASTM C495, ASTM C513,
ASTM C796, ASTM C869
Mineral fiber insulation boardASTM C726
Perlite boardASTM C728
Polyisocyanurate boardASTM C1289, Type I or II
Wood fiberboardASTM C208
Reserved.
Reserved.
Reserved.
Reserved.
The provisions of this section shall govern the construction of rooftop structures.
Penthouses in compliance with Sections 1510.2.1 through 1510.2.5 shall be considered as a portion of the story directly below the roof deck on which such penthouses are located. All other penthouses shall be considered as an additional story of the building.

Penthouses constructed on buildings of other than Type I construction shall not exceed 18 feet (5486 mm) in height above the roof deck as measured to the average height of the roof of the penthouse.

Exceptions:

  1. Where used to enclose tanks or elevators that travel to the roof level, penthouses shall be permitted to have a maximum height of 28 feet (8534 mm) above the roof deck.
  2. Penthouses located on the roof of buildings of Type I construction shall not be limited in height.
The aggregate area of penthouses and other enclosed rooftop structures shall not exceed one-third the area of the supporting roof deck. Such penthouses and other enclosed rooftop structures shall not be required to be included in determining the building area or number of stories as regulated by Section 503.1. The area of such penthouses shall not be included in determining the fire area specified in Section 901.7.
Penthouses shall not be used for purposes other than the shelter of mechanical or electrical equipment, tanks, or vertical shaft openings in the roof assembly.
Provisions such as louvers, louver blades or flashing shall be made to protect the mechanical and electrical equipment and the building interior from the elements.

Penthouses shall be constructed with walls, floors and roofs as required for the type of construction of the building on which such penthouses are built.

Exceptions:

  1. On buildings of Type I construction, the exterior walls and roofs of penthouses with a fire separation distance greater than 5 feet (1524 mm) and less than 20 feet (6096 mm) shall be permitted to have not less than a 1-hour fire-resistance rating. The exterior walls and roofs of penthouses with a fire separation distance of 20 feet (6096 mm) or greater shall not be required to have a fire-resistance rating.
  2. On buildings of Type I construction two stories or less in height above grade plane or of Type II construction, the exterior walls and roofs of penthouses with a fire separation distance greater than 5 feet (1524 mm) and less than 20 feet (6096 mm) shall be permitted to have not less than a 1-hour fire-resistance rating or a lesser fire-resistance rating as required by Table 602 and be constructed of fire-retardant-treated wood. The exterior walls and roofs of penthouses with a fire separation distance of 20 feet (6096 mm) or greater shall be permitted to be constructed of fire-retardant-treated wood and shall not be required to have a fire-resistance rating. Interior framing and walls shall be permitted to be constructed of fire-retardant-treated wood.
  3. On buildings of Type III, IV or V construction, the exterior walls of penthouses with a fire separation distance greater than 5 feet (1524 mm) and less than 20 feet (6096 mm) shall be permitted to have not less than a 1-hour fire-resistance rating or a lesser fire-resistance rating as required by Table 602. On buildings of Type III, IV or VA construction, the exterior walls of penthouses with a fire separation distance of 20 feet (6096 mm) or greater shall be permitted to be of Type IV or noncombustible construction or fire-retardant-treated wood and shall not be required to have a fire-resistance rating.
Tanks having a capacity of more than 500 gallons (1893 L) located on the roof deck of a building shall be supported on masonry, reinforced concrete, steel or Type IV construction provided that, where such supports are located in the building above the lowest story, the support shall be fire-resistance rated as required for Type IA construction.
In the bottom or on the side near the bottom of the tank, a pipe or outlet, fitted with a suitable quick-opening valve for discharging the contents into a drain in an emergency shall be provided.
Tanks shall not be placed over or near a stairway or an elevator shaft, unless there is a solid roof or floor underneath the tank.
Unenclosed roof tanks shall have covers sloping toward the perimeter of the tanks.

Cooling towers located on the roof deck of a building and greater than 250 square feet (23.2 m2) in base area or greater than 15 feet (4572 mm) in height above the roof deck, as measured to the highest point on the cooling tower, where the roof is greater than 50 feet (15 240 mm) in height above grade plane shall be constructed of noncombustible materials. The base area of cooling towers shall not exceed one-third the area of the supporting roof deck.

Exception: Drip boards and the enclosing construction shall be permitted to be of wood not less than 1 inch (25 mm) nominal thickness, provided the wood is covered on the exterior of the tower with noncombustible material.

Towers, spires, domes and cupolas shall be of a type of construction having fire-resistance ratings not less than required for the building on top of which such tower, spire, dome or cupola is built. Towers, spires, domes and cupolas greater than 85 feet (25 908 mm) in height above grade plane as measured to the highest point on such structures, and either greater than 200 square feet (18.6 m2) in horizontal area or used for any purpose other than a belfry or an architectural embellishment, shall be constructed of and supported on Type I or II construction.
Towers, spires, domes and cupolas greater than 60 feet (18 288 mm) in height above the highest point at which such structure contacts the roof as measured to the highest point on such structure, or that exceeds 200 square feet (18.6 m2) in area at any horizontal section, or which is intended to be used for any purpose other than a belfry or architectural embellishment, or is located on the top of a building greater than 50 feet (1524 mm) in building height shall be constructed of and supported by noncombustible materials and shall be separated from the building below by construction having a fire-resistance rating of not less than 1.5 hours with openings protected in accordance with Section 711. Such structures located on the top of a building greater than 50 feet (15 240 mm) in building height shall be supported by noncombustible construction.
Enclosed towers and spires shall have exterior walls constructed as required for the building on top of which such towers and spires are built. The roof covering of spires shall be not less than the same class of roof covering required for the building on top of which the spire is located.
Mechanical equipment screens shall be constructed of the materials specified for the exterior walls in accordance with the type of construction of the building. Where the fire separation distance is greater than 5 feet (1524 mm), mechanical equipment screens shall not be required to comply with the fire-resistance rating requirements.

Mechanical equipment screens shall not exceed 18 feet (5486 mm) in height above the roof deck, as measured to the highest point on the mechanical equipment screen.

Exception: Where located on buildings of Type IA construction, the height of mechanical equipment screens shall not be limited.

Regardless of the requirements in Section 1510.6, mechanical equipment screens that are located on the roof decks of buildings of Type I, II, III or IV construction shall be permitted to be constructed of combustible materials in accordance with any one of the following limitations:

  1. The fire separation distance shall be not less than 20 feet (6096 mm) and the height of the mechanical equipment screen above the roof deck shall not exceed 4 feet (1219 mm) as measured to the highest point on the mechanical equipment screen.
  2. The fire separation distance shall be not less than 20 feet (6096 mm) and the mechanical equipment screen shall be constructed of fire-retardant-treated wood complying with Section 2303.2 for exterior installation.
  3. Where exterior wall covering panels are used, the panels shall have a flame spread index of 25 or less when tested in the minimum and maximum thicknesses intended for use, with each face tested independently in accordance with ASTM E84 or UL 723. The panels shall be tested in the minimum and maximum thicknesses intended for use in accordance with, and shall comply with the acceptance criteria of, NFPA 285 and shall be installed as tested. Where the panels are tested as part of an exterior wall assembly in accordance with NFPA 285, the panels shall be installed on the face of the mechanical equipment screen supporting structure in the same manner as they were installed on the tested exterior wall assembly.

The height of mechanical equipment screens located on the roof decks of buildings of Type V construction, as measured from grade plane to the highest point on the mechanical equipment screen, shall be permitted to exceed the maximum building height allowed for the building by other provisions of this code where complying with any one of the following limitations, provided the fire separation distance is greater than 5 feet (1524 mm):

  1. Where the fire separation distance is not less than 20 feet (6096 mm), the height above grade plane of the mechanical equipment screen shall not exceed 4 feet (1219 mm) more than the maximum building height allowed;
  2. The mechanical equipment screen shall be constructed of noncombustible materials;
  3. The mechanical equipment screen shall be constructed of fire-retardant-treated wood complying with Section 2303.2 for exterior installation; or
  4. Where the fire separation distance is not less than 20 feet (6096 mm), the mechanical equipment screen shall be constructed of materials having a flame spread index of 25 or less when tested in the minimum and maximum thicknesses intended for use with each face tested independently in accordance with ASTM E84 or UL 723.
Rooftop-mounted photovoltaic systems shall be designed in accordance with this section.
Rooftop-mounted photovoltaic systems shall be designed for wind loads for component and cladding in accordance with Chapter 16 using an effective wind area based on the dimensions of a single unit frame.
Rooftop-mounted photovoltaic systems shall have the same fire classification as required for the roof assembly by Section 1505.
Rooftop-mounted photovoltaic systems shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Photovoltaic panels and modules mounted on top of a roof shall be listed and labeled in accordance with UL 1703 and shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
Rooftop structures not regulated by Sections 1510.2 through 1510.7 shall comply with Sections 1510.8.1 through 1510.8.5, as applicable.

Aerial supports shall be constructed of noncombustible materials.

Exception: Aerial supports not greater than 12 feet (3658 mm) in height as measured from the roof deck to the highest point on the aerial supports shall be permitted to be constructed of combustible materials.

Bulkheads used for the shelter of mechanical or electrical equipment or vertical shaft openings in the roof assembly shall comply with Section 1510.2 as penthouses. Bulkheads used for any other purpose shall be considered as an additional story of the building.
Dormers shall be of the same type of construction as required for the roof in which such dormers are located or the exterior walls of the building.
Fences and similar structures shall comply with Section 1510.6 as mechanical equipment screens.
Flagpoles and similar structures shall not be required to be constructed of noncombustible materials and shall not be limited in height or number.
The structural frame and roof construction supporting imposed loads upon the roof by any rooftop structure shall comply with the requirements of Table 601. The fire-resistance reduction permitted by Table 601, Note a, shall not apply to roofs containing rooftop structures.

Roof mounted mechanical units shall be mounted on curbs raised a minimum of 8 inches (203 mm) above the roof surface, or where roofing materials extend beneath the unit, on raised equipment supports providing a minimum clearance height in accordance with Table 1510.10.

Exception: In buildings where the existing rooftop equipment, in the opinion of the building official, provides sufficient clearance to repair, recover, replace and/or maintain the roofing system or any of its components, such existing equipment need not comply with Table 1510.10.

TABLE 1510.10

CLEARANCE BELOW RAISED ROOF

MOUNTED MECHANICAL UNITS

WIDTH OF MECHANICAL UNIT
(inches)
MINIMUM CLEARANCE ABOVE
SURFACES (inches)
< 2414
24 < 3618
36 < 4824
48 < 6030
> 6048

For SI: 1 inch = 25.4mm.

Materials and methods of application used for recovering or replacing an existing roof covering shall comply with the requirements of Chapter 15.

Exception: Reroofing shall not be required to meet the minimum design slope requirement of one-quarter unit vertical in 12 units horizontal (2-percent slope) in Section 1507 for roofs that provide positive roof drainage.

Not more than 25 percent of the total roof area or roof section of any existing building or structure shall be repaired, replaced or recovered in any 12-month period unless the entire existing roofing system or roof section is replaced to conform to requirements of this code.
Structural roof components shall be capable of supporting the roof-covering system and the material and equipment loads that will be encountered during installation of the system.

New roof coverings shall not be installed without first removing all existing layers of roof coverings down to the roof deck where any of the following conditions occur:

  1. Where the existing roof or roof covering is water soaked or has deteriorated to the point that the existing roof or roof covering is not adequate as a base for additional roofing.
  2. Where the existing roof covering is wood shake, slate, clay, cement or asbestos-cement tile.
  3. Where the existing roof has two or more applications of any type of roof covering.
  4. When blisters exist in any roofing, unless blisters are cut or scraped open and remaining materials secured down before applying additional roofing.
  5. Where the existing roof is to be used for attachment for a new roof system and compliance with the securement provisions of Section 1504.1 cannot be met.

    Exceptions:

    1. Complete and separate roofing systems, such as standing-seam metal roof systems, that are designed to transmit the roof loads directly to the building’s structural system and that do not rely on existing roofs and roof coverings for support, shall not require the removal of existing roof coverings.
    2. Reserved.
    3. The application of a new protective coating over an existing spray polyurethane foam roofing system shall be permitted without tear-off of existing roof coverings.
    4. Where the existing roof assembly includes an ice barrier membrane that is adhered to the roof deck, the existing ice barrier membrane shall be permitted to remain in place and covered with an additional layer of ice barrier membrane in accordance with Section 1507.
Reserved.
Reserved.
Where the application of a new roof covering over wood shingle or shake roofs creates a combustible concealed space, the entire existing surface shall be covered with gypsum board, mineral fiber, glass fiber or other approved materials securely fastened in place.
Existing slate, clay or cement tile shall be permitted for reinstallation, except that damaged, cracked or broken slate or tile shall not be reinstalled. Existing vent flashing, metal edgings, drain outlets, collars and metal counterflashings shall not be reinstalled where rusted, damaged or deteriorated. Aggregate surfacing materials shall not be reinstalled.
Flashings shall be reconstructed in accordance with approved manufacturer’s installation instructions or RAS 111. Metal flashing to which bituminous materials are to be adhered shall be primed prior to installation.
Sections 1512 through 1525 set forth minimum requirements for the materials and installation of roofing components, roofing systems, roofing assemblies and the waterproofing thereof.
These high-velocity hurricane zone roofing requirements with associated roofing application standards (RAS) and testing application standards (TAS) are to be implemented in the HVHZ, or where the jurisdiction having authority has adopted their use.
All roofing components, roofing systems and roofing assemblies for construction regulated by this code shall comply with this chapter. All roofing components, roofing systems and roofing assemblies shall have a valid and current product approval. In the event that the manufacturers published literature or instructions are in conflict with those of the product approval, the product approval shall prevail. Where items specifically and expressly addressed in this chapter are in conflict with the product approval, the provisions of this chapter shall prevail.
Innovative products and/or systems outside those currently recognized under this chapter may have a product approval issued based on performance testing; in such case(s) the conditions set in the product approval shall prevail.
For roofing systems to be installed on a specific building or structure, where an existing product approval may not be applied, such roofing system shall be permitted to be approved on a one-time project basis by the authority having jurisdiction, provided the applicant demonstrates, by testing and/or rational analysis that such roofing system complies with the provision of this code.
Where a product approval does not address a detail for a specific job condition, the permit applicant may propose to the building official an alternate detail to address the specific need of the job. The building official shall be permitted to approve such proposal if it can be demonstrated that the provisions of this code will be met.
All roofing work shall be performed by a qualified contractor licensed to perform roofing, in compliance with the tolerances, quality and methods of construction established herein or set forth in the standards adopted by these high-velocity hurricane zone requirements. Roofing assemblies detailed in the product approval shall be installed in strict compliance with the method of application set forth in such product approval or, if not part of the product approval, in compliance with manufacturer’s published application instructions, or as approved by the building official. (Aesthetic issues not affecting the performance of the roof are not part of this chapter.)
Where the architectural appearance of the underside of the roof is to be preserved, an alternate method of attachment complying with the windload requirements of Chapter 16 (HighVelocity Hurricane Zones) may be proposed unless otherwise addressed in Chapter 15. The alternative attachment shall be prepared, signed and sealed by a Floridaregistered architect or a Florida-registered engineer, which architect or engineer shall be proficient in structural design.
Permits outside these high-velocity hurricane zone requirements shall comply with Section 105. Permits within the HVHZ shall be required for all work in connection with the application, repair or maintenance of any roofing component or any roofing assembly and/or any of its components except as otherwise permitted in Section 105 of this code.
All new roofing construction, including recovering and reroofing, repair or maintenance shall have an HVHZ Uniform Roofing Permit Application, as required by the authority having jurisdiction, completed and executed by a licensed contractor.
The HVHZ Uniform Roofing Permit Application shall include calculations in accordance with Chapter 16 (High-Velocity Hurricane Zones) of this code, unless the roofing assembly is less than the height/pressure threshold allowed in the applicable protocols herein.
Attachments to the HVHZ Uniform Roofing Permit Application shall include two copies of each of the following documents: properly executed OWNERS NOTIFICATION FOR ROOFING CONSIDERATIONS herein; the fire directory listing pages, product approval, and applicable detail drawings; the municipal permit application; other components approvals; and any other additional data required by the authority having jurisdiction needed to determine the integrity of the roofing system.
All roofing work for which a permit is required shall be inspected by the building official. One or more inspections may be performed at the same time at the request of the roofing contractor or when feasible. Lack of roofing contractor’s personnel at the job site, in and of itself, shall not be cause to fail the inspection. Certain roofing inspections shall be performed during specific phases of the applications as noted below:
For discontinuous roofing systems (as defined herein or in Chapter 2):
During or after application of the base sheet, anchor sheet or underlayment of any roofing system.
During the installation of the cap sheet.
During the installation of any prepared roof covering, such as shingles, tiles, slates, shakes and similar.
Upon completion of all adhesive-set and mortar-set tile systems, and prior to the final inspection, a field verification and static uplift test, in compliance with TAS 106 shall be required to confirm tile adhesion to the underlayment. This test may be required by the building official for mechanically attached tile systems. All results of this test shall be submitted to the building official.
For continuous roofing systems (as defined herein or in Chapter 2):
During application of any roofing system prior to the full concealment of the adhesion/attachment process to the roof deck or to the existing roofing assembly.
In cases where a roof area is less than 1,500 square feet (139 m2), and when the building official is not able to perform any of the above requested inspection in a timely manner, the building official may authorize to continue with the work and may require that satisfactory evidence be provided to show that the covered work was performed in compliance with this code.
After all roofing work has been completed, a final inspection shall be performed by the building official.

For definitions outside Sections 1512 through 1525 and accompanied RAS and TAS, see Chapter 2. For the purposes of Sections 1512 through 1525, accompanying RAS, TAS and roofing products approval, roofing terms shall be defined in compliance with ASTM D1079, unless otherwise defined below. The definitions listed below shall take preference. Other terms used herein shall be defined as set forth in Chapter 2 of this code.

AIR PERMEABLE ROOFING SYSTEM. A roofing system consisting of a prepared roof covering over an approved underlayment on a sloped roof. The components within the prepared roof covering are discontinuously laid and small, with unsealed side and head laps. Air permeable roofing systems shall be applied over sheathed decks with either mechanical attachment or a mortar/adhesive bond. Any roofing system with sealed side or head laps shall not be defined as an air permeable roofing system. The authority having jurisdiction may require testing in compliance with TAS 116, to determine whether a roofing system is air permeable.

ANCHOR SHEET. A roofing felt mechanically attached to a nailable deck with approved fasteners to which insulation is then installed in a solid mopping of asphalt. The roofing membrane is then installed to the insulation in the usual manner.

ARCHITECTURAL METAL PANEL. Water shedding (hydrokinetic) roof panel fastened to a roof deck.

ASTM (ASTM International). A scientific and technical organization that is responsible for the development of standards on characteristics and performance of materials, products, systems, as adopted for the high-velocity hurricane zone.

NET FREE VENTILATING AREA (NFVA). The gross area of the smallest plane area of the ventilating device reduced by the percentage of physical obstruction to the plane area.

BASE SHEET. The bottom or first ply of a roofing assembly over which subsequent roofing plies are applied. A base sheet may be designed for mechanical attachment, full or partial adhesion to the substrate.

BUILDING INTEGRATED PHOTOVOLTAIC ROOFING. A roofing product consisting of electricity generating photovoltaic component integrated into a roof covering.

“CLASS A” ROOFING ASSEMBLY. A roofing assembly that, in combination with the roof slope, has been classified by an approved testing agency, with a listing and follow-up service, as “Class A” in compliance with ASTM E108 or UL 790.

“CLASS B” ROOFING ASSEMBLY. A roofing assembly that, in combination with the roof slope, has been classified by an approved testing agency, with a listing and follow-up service, as “Class B” in compliance with ASTM E108 or UL 790.

“CLASS C” ROOFING ASSEMBLY. A roofing assembly that, in combination with the roof slope, has been classified by an approved testing agency, with a listing and follow-up service, as “Class C” in compliance with ASTM E108 or UL 790.

CONTINUOUS ROOFING SYSTEM. A roof covering, composed from a single or multiple layers, forming a homogenous membrane over the entire roof surface, applied to either a flat or pitched roof surface(s).

CORROSION RESISTANT. Any component that passes FM Global Test Standard 4470’s Appendix, as modified, and set forth in TAS 114.

COUNTER BATTENS. Vertical wood strips installed on sloped roofs over which horizontal battens are secured. The primary roof covering is attached or secured to these horizontal battens.

COUNTERFLASHING. Formed metal or elastomeric sheeting secured on or into a wall, curb, pipe, roof-top unit or other surface to cover and protect the upper edge of a base flashing and its associated fasteners.

DISCONTINUOUS ROOFING SYSTEM. A roofing system with unsealed overlapping components, where the combined roofing system has openings at the point of overlap, applied to a sloped surface with a pitch of 2:12, or greater. Discontinuous roofing systems include asphalt shingles; concrete, clay or metal tile; wood shingles or shakes; and cement fiber roofing systems.

DRY-IN. The process of applying the first layer of felt in a roofing system.

FM Approvals. A research and testing organization that is responsible for examination and testing of construction and other products on behalf of member insurance companies.

FASTENER WITHDRAWAL RESISTANCE TEST. A static pullout test of mechanical fasteners, which are used to anchor any roofing component, to determine the force required to withdraw a fastener from the substrate. Testing shall be in compliance with the test procedure detailed in TAS 105.

FIRE-RESISTANT ROOF COVERING. Any Class A, Class B or Class C roofing system applied to the appropriate deck type within the specified slope of the listed classification.

FLASHING. The roofing component used to seal roofing systems, where the system is interrupted or terminated.

LAP. See NRCA Manual, 4th edition.

METAL PROFILE. Including but not limited to eave and gable drip, gravel stop, raised edge systems and fascia systems. All composite and nonmetallic flashing materials shall have a product approval.

MINIMUM CHARACTERISTIC RESISTANCE FORCE. A force or pressure which is representative of data from withdrawal resistance testing; static uplift testing; and/ or wind uplift testing after the data has been statistically analyzed to a 95-percent level of precision.

METAL ROOF PANEL. An interlocking metal sheet having an installed weather exposure equal or greater than 3 square feet (0.3 m2) per sheet.

METAL ROOF SHINGLE. An interlocking metal sheet having an installed weather exposure less than 3 square feet (0.3 m2) per sheet.

MOMENT. A quantity that represents the effect of a force applied at a particular point in relation to a specific point or axis.

NRCA. The NRCA Roofing and Waterproofing Manual, 5th edition, as published by the National Roofing Contractors Association.

PREPARED ROOF COVERING. Any manufactured or processed roof covering designed for use as the top layer of a discontinuous roofing system applied to a sloped roof.

RAS. Roofing Application Standards.

RECOVERING. The process of covering an existing roofing assembly with a new roofing system or a prepared roofing system.

REPAIR. The work of corrective procedures by replacing or altering an existing roofing component or system to eliminate water intrusion.

REROOFING. The process of recovering or replacing an existing roofing system, either in its entirety or in existing sections.

RIDGE VENT. A ventilator located within 18 inches (457 mm) of the ridge that allows the escape of warm and/or moist air from the attic area or rafter cavity.

ROOFING ACCESSORY. A type of roofing product as described in Section 1517.6 of this code.

ROOFING ASSEMBLY. An assembly of interacting roofing components [includes the roof deck, vapor retarder (if present), insulation, and roof covering].

ROOFING COATINGS, ADHESIVES AND MASTICS. Any and all liquid materials applied to the roofing membrane layer to enhance ultraviolet light resistance; increase resistance to fire; increase reflectivity of the roofing assembly; or, in some way, enhance the performance of the roofing assembly. Roofing coatings, adhesives or mastics shall not contain asbestos materials.

ROOF COVERING. An assembly of multiple field-applied components or a single component designed to weatherproof a building’s top surface. A roof covering may be a roofing assembly or form a portion thereof.

ROOFING COMPONENT. A roofing product that is incorporated into various roofing assemblies.

ROOF DECK. Solid or spaced sheathing to which the roofing or waterproofing system is applied.

ROOF REPLACEMENT.The process of removing the existing roof covering, repairing any damaged substrate and installing a new roof covering.

ROOFING MAINTENANCE. The work of extending the longevity of a roofing system through preventative care, such as refilling pitch pans, applying coatings, regraveling, resurfacing and recaulking.

ROOF SECTION. A separation or division of a roof area by existing expansion joints, parapet walls, flashing (excluding valleys), difference of elevation (excluding hips and ridges), roof type or legal description; not including the roof area required for a proper tie-off with an existing system.

ROOFING SYSTEM. A system of interacting roofing components, generally consisting of membrane or primary roof covering and insulation (not including the roof deck) designed to weatherproof, and sometimes to improve, the building’s thermal resistance.

HIGH ROOF TILE PROFILE. Those tiles having a riseto-width ratio greater than 0.20.

LOW ROOF TILE PROFILE. Those tiles having a rise-towidth ratio less or equal than 0.20; except those tiles meeting the flat profile definition.

FLAT ROOF TILE PROFILE. Those tiles with less than 1/2-inch (12.7 mm) rise.

STRUCTURAL METAL PANEL. Roof covering intended to be self-supporting between structural members (see Sections 2003.8.2 and 2222.4).

TAS. Testing Application Standard.

UNDERLAYMENT. One or more water-shedding layers applied to a sloped roof prior to the application of a prepared roof covering. The primary purpose of an underlayment is defined as a water shedding layer to function in combination with a prepared roof covering.

WOOD SHAKES. Tapered or straight pieces of red cedar, or other wood types, of widths ranging from 3 inches to 14 inches (76 mm to 356 mm) ranging in lengths from 18 inches to 32 inches (457 mm to 813 mm) applied to a sloped roof, in conjunction with an approved underlayment, forming a discontinuous prepared roof system.

WOOD SHINGLES. Tapered pieces of red cedar, or other wood types, sawn on both faces, of widths ranging from 3 inches to 14 inches (76 mm to 356 mm) and lengths of 16 inches (406 mm), 18 inches (457 mm), and 24 inches (610 mm) applied to a sloped roof forming a discontinuous prepared roof system.

Roof decks shall be covered with roof coverings secured to the building or structure in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. Roof coverings shall be designed, installed and maintained in accordance with this code and the manufacturer’s installation instructions such that the roof covering shall serve to protect the building or structure. All roof coverings, roof systems and roof assemblies shall be designed and installed to resist the windload requirements of Chapter 16 (High-Velocity Hurricane Zones) of this code.
All roof flashing and terminations shall be designed and installed to resist the windload requirements of Chapter 16 (High-Velocity Hurricane Zone) of this code, and shall be in compliance with the provisions set forth in RAS 111.
Where flashing is of metal, the metal shall conform with the provisions of RAS 111.
All membrane flashing shall be installed according to the roof assembly manufacturer’s published literature and in accordance with the provisions set forth in RAS 111.
Membrane flashings shall be embedded in hot bitumen or an approved adhesive.
Metal flashing and terminations shall be of the material and thickness described in Section 1517.6 and RAS 111 of this code, and shall be designed and installed in accordance with RAS 111.
Metal surfaces shall be primed with an ASTM D41 or ASTM D43 primer, as appropriate and allowed to dry prior to receiving hot bitumen or cold adhesive.
Metal counterflashing shall be of the material and thickness described in Section 1517.6 and RAS 111 of this code, and shall be installed in accordance with RAS 111.
Metal counterflashing shall be built into walls, set in reglets or applied as stucco type and shall be turned down over base flashing not less than 3 inches (76 mm).
Metal counterflashing shall be side lapped a minimum of 4 inches (102 mm).
Metal counterflashing, where set in reglets or surface-mounted, shall be waterproofed, in accordance with applicable application standards.
Where metal counterflashing is used as the means of sealing (such as a vented system) it shall be set in an approved sealant, sealed with an approved adhesive on the top flange and all joints shall be sealed with an approved sealant and lapped a minimum of 4 inches (102 mm).
All pipes shall be flashed with approved lead sleeve-type, pitch pans or other approved methods detailed in the roofing system assembly product approval. Lead flashing shall not be less than 2.5 pounds per square foot (12.2 kg/m2). Flanges shall be a minimum of 4 inches (102 mm).
Other roof penetrations shall be suitably flashed with curbs, collars, pitch pans, in compliance with RAS 111 or an approved method, in compliance with the roofing system assembly product approval.
No roof penetration shall be located in roof valleys.
Copings shall be designed and installed to resist the windload requirements of Chapter 16 (High-Velocity Hurricane Zones) of this code, and shall be in accordance with the provisions set forth in RAS 111.
Unless roofs are sloped to drain over roof edges, roof drains shall be installed at each low point of the roof. Where required for roof drainage, scuppers shall be placed level with the roof surface in a wall or parapet. The scupper shall be located as determined by the roof slope and contributing roof area. Scuppers shall be sized in accordance with the provisions contained in ASCE 7, Section 8 with commentary and shall comply with Section 1611 herein.
Gutters shall be in compliance with RAS 111.
Where roof drains are required, overflow drains or overflow scuppers sized in accordance with Florida Building Code, Plumbing shall be installed with the inlet flow line located not less than 2 inches (51 mm) or more than 4 inches (102 mm) above the low point of the finished roofing surface, excluding sumps. Overflow scuppers shall be a minimum of 4 inches (102 mm) in any dimension and shall be located as close as practical to required vertical leaders, conductors or downspouts. Overflow drains and scuppers shall also comply with the Florida Building Code, Plumbing, and Section 1611 of this code.
When overflow scuppers and roof drains are installed, they shall be lined with approved metal or other approved materials set forth in the roofing system assembly product approval.
When recovering, reroofing or repairing an existing roof, the existing number of scuppers and/or roof drains shall not be reduced, unless a new drainage system is designed by an architect or engineer, in compliance with the provisions of this code.
Roof drains, gutters, conductors and leaders shall be sized and discharge in accordance with the Florida Building Code, Plumbing.
All roof assemblies, roof coverings and roof systems shall have product approval, and shall meet the following minimum requirements.
All continuous roofing assemblies shall be tested in compliance with FM Test Standards 4470 and/or 4471 (for metal roofing), as modified for the purposes of this code and set forth in TAS 114. Only those components listed within the roofing assembly product approval shall be approved for use with the roof covering. Roofing assemblies shall be acceptable for use in this code’s jurisdiction providing they are in compliance with the fire classification required for the structure to which the roofing assembly is to be installed.
All fastening devices and fastening assemblies used for insulation, anchor sheet or roof coverings shall be tested in compliance with Section 1523 of this code.
All roofing assemblies shall be tested by a testing laboratory, certified by the certification agency in accordance with TAS 301, to confirm compliance with the fire classification and other sections of this code.
All roofing membranes and components shall be tested in compliance with the physical property test requirements detailed in TAS 110.
No loose laid ballasted or nonballasted system shall be permitted.

TABLE 1515.2

MINIMUM SLOPE

SYSTEM TYPESLOPE
Fibrous Cement Shingles4:12
Metal Panels
Architectural2:12
Metal Shingles4:12
Mortar or Adhesive Tile2:12
Mechanically Fastened Tile4:12
Asphalt Shingles
Laminated2:12
3-Tab2:12
Quarry Slate3-1/2:12
Wood
Shakes4:12
Shingles3-1/2:12
All roofing systems and prepared roof coverings shall be installed over solid decks, unless otherwise specifically allowed in other sections of this code.
All roofing assemblies must be installed in compliance with the slope requirements specified in the product control approval, in compliance with Table 1515.2.
In new construction the minimum deck slope shall be not less than 1/4:12.
All eaves shall provide a firm nailable substrate for secure attachment of perimeter edge metal in compliance with RAS 111.
Perimeter edge metal shall be fastened with nails or fasteners fabricated from similar or compatible material. The nails or fasteners shall be as set forth in the roofing assembly product approval.
Roof coverings installed on low slope roofs in accordance with Section 1519 shall resist impact damage based on the results of tests conducted in accordance with ASTM D3746, ASTM D4272, FM 4470 or TAS 114.
Ridge vents shall have a product approval, and shall be tested for wind driven rain in accordance with TAS 110 and Section 1523.
Roof assemblies shall be divided into the classes defined below. Class A, B and C roof assemblies and roof coverings required to be listed by this section shall be tested in accordance with ASTM E108 or UL 790. In addition, fire-retardant-treated-wood roof coverings shall be tested in accordance with ASTM D2898.
Fire-resistant roofing assemblies and coverings shall be provided on all structures. Fire classification of roofing assemblies and coverings shall be based on the exposure hazard as follows:

Zero feet to 20 feet (0 to 6.1 m) distance separation measured horizontally from the closest point of any building edge to the nearest point to an adjoining structure, and all buildings with occupation greater than 300 persons.

Exception: Brick, masonry, slate, clay or concrete roof tile and exposed concrete roof deck are considered to meet Class A roof covering provisions without testing.

All other structures, except as noted below.
Structures not occupied by humans.
All roofing assemblies shall be installed at a slope no greater than the maximum allowed for the required fire classification.
Waterproofing assembly must possess a Class A, Class B or Class C fire rating as required herein.
Every roofing component shall comply with the applicable ASTM material standards adopted by this code. All such products shall bear the testing logo imprinted on the material and/or container or shall be marked in a distinctive manner to define compliance with the standards and shall be subject to be evaluated for compliance. The certification agency shall carry out random testing of labeled products to confirm compliance with ASTM material standard.
Reserved.
Reserved.
All roofing components shall be labeled and/or identified as mandated by the product approval.
ASTM standard roll goods shall be marked with a yellow line to identify the ASTM standard, or such other marking as may be deemed appropriate by the product approval.
Nails shall be minimum 12 gage, annular ring shank nails having not less than 20 rings per inch, heads not less than 3/8 inch (9.5 mm) in diameter; and lengths sufficient to penetrate through the thickness of plywood panel or wood plank decking not less than 3/16 inch (4.8 mm), or to penetrate into a 1 inch (25 mm) or greater thickness of lumber not less than 1 inch. Nails or wood screws shall be hot-dipped electro- or mechanically galvanized to a thickness sufficient to resist corrosion in compliance with TAS 114, Appendix E, Section 2 (ASTM G85). All nails shall be listed by a certification agency. All nail cartons or carton labels shall be labeled to note compliance with the corrosion-resistance requirements. No roofing material shall be fully or partially adhered directly to a nailable deck, unless otherwise noted in the roof assembly product approval.
Such fasteners shall be applied through “Tin caps” no less than 15/8 inches (41 mm) and not more than 2 inches (51 mm) in diameter and of not less than 32 gage (0.010 inch) sheet metal. “Cap nails” or prefabricated fasteners with integral heads complying with this section shall be an acceptable substitute. All “tin caps,” “cap nails” or prefabricated fasteners with integral heads shall be tested for corrosion resistance in compliance with TAS 114 Appendix E, Section 2 (ASTM G85), and shall be product control listed. All of cartons or carton labels “tin caps,” “cap nails” or prefabricated fasteners with integral heads shall be labeled to note compliance with the corrosion-resistance requirements.
All metal accessories for roofs shall be not less than 26 gage G-90 galvanized or stainless steel, 16 ounce copper, 0.025-inch (0.6 mm) thick aluminum, lead sheet with a minimum 2.5 lb/sf (12.2 kg/m2) or equivalent noncorrosive metal alloys or composite materials manufactured for use as roof termination. All composite and nonmetallic flashing materials shall have a product approval.
Metal accessories may be of a manufactured, shop-fabricated or field-fabricated type, providing the materials and fasteners are in compliance with the minimum requirements of this code and shall be sized, designed and installed in compliance with methods set forth in RAS 111.
Gravel stop or drip edge profiles shall be as follows:
The vertical face shall be a minimum of 11/2 inches (38 mm) and shall extend down not less than 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) below the sheathing or other member immediately contiguous thereto. In all cases, the deck flange shall be not less than 2 inches (51 mm) in width. Gravel stop or drip edge shall be sized, designed and installed in compliance with RAS 111.
Gravel stop or drip edge shall be designed so that the bottom (the kick of the metal) of the drip edge shall have a minimum of 1/2-inch (12.7 mm) clearance from the structure.
Gravel stops shall be installed after all roofing felts have been applied, or in compliance with the application method set forth in the roofing assembly product approval. All asphalt or approved cold adhesive bonding areas shall be coated with ASTM D41 or ASTM D43, as required, and allowed to dry prior to application.
Gravel stops and drip edges shall be joined by lapping a minimum of 4 inches (102 mm) and the entire interior of the joints shall be coated with approved flashing cement. Cover and splice plates shall be of the same material as the gravel stop and drip edge, and shall be sized, fabricated and installed in compliance with RAS 111.
The deck flange shall be nailed with an approved minimum 12 gage annular ring shank nail at 4 inches (102 mm) o.c. The nail shall be manufactured from similar and/or compatible material to the termination profile. All composite materials shall be fastened with nonferrous nails.
Prepared roof coverings shall be as defined in Section 1513 and in general limited to application over sloped roof decks capable of receiving mechanical fasteners. Prepared roof coverings may be mechanically fastened or, in specific limited cases noted in the product approval, set in an adhesive bond.
Underlayment shall be as defined in Section 1513. Underlayment shall be installed in compliance with the roofing component product approval and shall be in compliance with the following minimum requirements:
Underlayment shall be attached to a nailable deck in a grid pattern of 12 inches (305 mm) between the overlaps, with 6-inch (152 mm) spacing at the overlaps.
Where the architectural appearance of the underside is to be preserved, the underlayment shall be secured in accordance with Section 1519.5.2.
Tin caps and nails or cap nails shall be as defined in Section 1517.5.2.
Underlayment nails shall be as defined in Section 1517.5.1.
If the underlayment is a self-adhering membrane, the membrane shall be applied over a mechanically attached anchor sheet, attached in compliance with Section 1518.2.1.
All underlayment applications for prepared roof coverings shall be applied in compliance with the manufacturer roofing assembly product approval, and shall be not less than one of the following: (1) a double layer of an ASTM D226 Type I, with a 19-inch (483 mm) headlap; or (2) a single layer of an ASTM D226, Type II with a 4-inch (102 mm) headlap; or (3) a single layer of an ASTM D2626 coated base sheet with a 4-inch (102 mm) headlap, and (4) all endlaps shall be a minimum of 6 inches (152 mm).
Fiber-cement shingles shall be applied in compliance with the shingle manufacturer’s roofing assembly product approval. The roofing system assembly product approval shall meet the following minimum requirements:
All nonasbestos fiber-cement shingles shall conform to ASTM C 1225.
Fiber-cement shingles shall be installed in compliance with the nailing requirements set forth in the product approval; however, attachment of each component shall be with not less than two corrosion-resistant fasteners. If adhesive is used at the head or side laps, the system shall be defined as a “sealed system” with load calculations in compliance with Chapter 16 (High-Velocity Hurricane Zones).
All intersections shall be flashed in metal as provided in Section 1517.6 and RAS 111.
Fiber-cement shingles shall be tested as set forth in Section 1523.
Quarry slates shall be applied in compliance with the slate manufacturer’s product approval. The roofing assembly product approval shall meet the following minimum requirements:
Quarry slates shall be installed with not less than two approved fasteners per slate.
All terminations and intersections shall be flashed in metal as provided in Section 1517.6 and RAS 111.
Quarry slates shall be tested in compliance with the requirements set forth in Section 1523.
Installation of all quarry roof slates shall be limited to a roof mean height of 33 feet (10 m), unless otherwise specifically noted in the product approval.
Asphaltic shingles layout, alignment and placement of mechanical attachment shall be in compliance with the product approval, and shall be installed in accordance with RAS 115.
Underlayments meeting or exceeding minimum underlayment specifications, as detailed in Section 1518, shall be applied in compliance with the application methods detailed in the product approval. Where the architectural appearance of the underside of the roof is to be preserved, refer to Section 1519.5.2.