In an effort to promote the improved structural stability and longevity of roofing through thoughtful, energy efficient design, the State of Utah’s Division of Facilities and Construction Management updated its roofing design requirements in 2018. As a home or business owner in Salt Lake City, it is in your best interests to stay well-informed concerning all of the Utah roofing requirements to ensure that your construction meets these guidelines.
Whether you are undertaking a brand-new roof installation or a roof replacement project, this guide will help you learn a little bit more about what will be required for your next roofing structure.
Low slope roofing requirements
When constructing a new home, all low sloped roofs should have a slope of at least 1/4” per foot built directly into the new construction. If you are replacing your roof, the specifications of the existing slope should be reviewed to make sure it is within these requirements, and the design plans should allow for any adjustments that might need to be made. The old roof membrane must be removed, and the feasibility of using the rest of the roofing components as well as the existing insulation should be ascertained as well.
Even when your roofing is sloped, making sure water does not begin to pool on the roof’s surface should still be a top priority. To this end, a rigid structure, commonly referred to as a cricket, must be installed behind roofing protrusions such as chimneys or piping to divert the water so it does not begin to collect around the object.
Steep sloped roofing guidelines
When a new steep sloped roof is constructed, local climate factors such as wind speed, anticipated rainfall and ice damming must all be taken into consideration. The layout should also include attic air intake and exhaust ventilation to ensure that humidity and moisture do not begin to build up and cause problems for both the roof and your home in the future. To prevent the insulation from obstructing the intake vents, insulation baffles must also be installed. This will allow you to cover every possible inch of the rafters with insulation without disturbing the necessary ventilation.
If there is already more than one layer of roofing at the time of replacement, everything will have to be removed all the way down to the roof deck before the new roof can be installed. At this time, the condition of the roof deck and diaphragm should also be assessed to determine if they will be able to support the new roofing structure, or if replacement is needed.
To make sure all of your bases are covered, either with a brand-new roof construction or a tear-off roofing project, make sure to contact the team at Stubbs Roofing, Inc. As a family owned and operated roofing company serving the community for the past 20 years, we have made it a point to stay up to date with all of the roofing design requirements in Salt Lake City, UT so that we can incorporate all of the necessary specifications into every roof we design and construct. For complete confidence that your next roofing project meets all Utah roofing requirements, call us to schedule a consultation.
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