by sadia_badhon | December 2, 2020 9:53 am
Deborah Slaton, David S. Patterson, AIA, and Christopher W. Giffin, AIA, RRC
Two options can be considered when a new roof is needed on an existing building: completely remove and replace all existing roofing materials (replacement), or install a new one over the existing roof (re-cover). To determine the appropriate option, an evaluation of existing conditions is needed—together with a review of the roof structure and applicable building codes.
Assessment of existing roof conditions prior to replacement or re-cover should include consideration of the following factors:
Once the selection for the new roof approach has been made, key considerations in the design of the new roofing system include the following.
Conformance with applicable building codes
In addition to structural codes related to the roof structure, other relevant code provisions address wind uplift, drainage, fire resistance, and insulation requirements, among others.
New roof systems can range from thermoplastic and liquid-applied membranes to rubber, sheet metal, shingles, slate, and other materials and systems. Selection of the system needs to consider the existing roof materials and structure, as well as the performance attributes, maintenance requirements, and cost. In some cases, aesthetics is also an important issue.
This includes code requirements pertaining to the existing building.
Lightning protection, plumbing issues, specialized rooftop equipment, and access (among others) should also be factored into the roof selection. Additional considerations may also apply for replacement of roofing on historic structures.
To determine the appropriate approach—reroof or re-cover—and associated repairs required for the roof structure, façade, and drainage systems, it is recommended a professional with experience in evaluation of roofing systems participate in the assessment.
The opinions expressed in Failures are based on the authors’ experiences and do not necessarily reflect those of The Construction Specifier or CSI.
Deborah Slaton is an architectural conservator and principal with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) in Northbrook, Illinois, specializing in historic preservation and materials conservation. She can be reached at email@example.com.
David S. Patterson, AIA, is an architect and senior principal with WJE’s office in Princeton, New Jersey. He specializes in investigation and repair of the building envelope. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christopher W. Giffin, AIA, RRC, is an architect and principal with WJE’s Atlanta, Georgia, office and is a registered roof consultant. He specializes in roofing and waterproofing. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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