Loads on Steep and Low Slope Roofs - The Starting Line

Examine key elements for proper attachment of steep and low slope roof coverings to resist wind uplift. Review the basic interaction between wind and roof assemblies. Various steep and low slope roof coverings are discussed, including relative costs, performance and durability. Discussion includes design concepts, applicable building codes and standards, and manufacturer instructions. Attachment details are discussed for steep and low slope roof coverings, including critical details and lessons learned from approximately 20 years of damage investigations.

 Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, each attendee will be able to:
  • Understand the basic concepts regarding wind loads on steep and low slope roof coverings.
  • Interpret prescriptive and performance-based building code requirements for steep and low slope roofs.
  • Compare as-built roof installations with building code requirements.
  • Understand the evaluation process to determine the adequacy of as-built details to resist wind uplift.

For more information contact Melissa Gibson at melissagibson@constructionscience.org or (864) 647-1065

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