The state of Florida has suffered through a tremendous number of hurricanes and severe storms over the last couple of decades. Hurricane Andrew left a lasting legacy and a troubling memory of just how disastrous adverse weather can be as the damage in its wake cost hundreds of lives and thousands homes. Following Hurricane Andrew, new building codes were implemented throughout the state of Florida, particularly along the coastal lines of the Sunshine State.
Prior to Hurricane Andrew, Florida roofs and Florida homes were built poorly, rarely inspected, and adhered to building codes that were incredibly outdated. The Florida House Bill 7057 and the Florida Statute 553.884 apply Florida’s new building code to all homes in “High Velocity Hurricane Zones”. In these regions, Florida roofing laws are strict and extensive, ensuring that the materials used and the manner of construction will withstand high wings and otherwise adverse weather elements.
Florida Building Code roofing requirements are incredibly specific. As the high wind conditions continue to plague homes throughout Florida during hurricane season, they must be able to withstand intense pressure. There are a variety of potential roofing failures when the wind conditions are high; as such the following roofing requirements are addressed by the Florida Building Codes:
- Weather protection
- Plans review, permits, inspections, etc.
- Performance requirements
- Wind load requirements
- Reroofing laws
- Roofing with asphalt shingles
- Structural design requirements
- Florida Existing Building Code
All in all, with quality materials, proper design, meticulous craftsmanship, building code enforcements, and regular maintenance, Florida roofs will be equipped to withstand even the stronger hurricane winds that take place during hurricane season. Are you prepared to weather the storm? Contact Mark Terlep Roofing today to learn more!