Building Code Basics

The arrival of Hurricane Arthur on the East Coast over July 4th weekend shines the spotlight once again on building codes and the need for advanced polymer roofing products. As is the case in most situations, those coastal area properties constructed to meet the high standards of the Miami-Dade County codes fared better than those built to lower standards. Fortunately, more and more coastal areas are adopting those strict standards.

According to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), building codes are needed to establish “predictable and consistent minimum standards that are applied to the quality and durability of construction materials.”

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we take building codes seriously — as should you. In general, codes are put in place and enforced to ensure the safety and health of building occupants. In the long run, stronger codes can be extremely cost-effective because of their enhanced safety and performance features.

Because we want our composite slate and synthetic shake roofing tiles to meet the strictest of building codes, we’ve made sure they pass the Miami-Dade County codes (click HERE).

Specifically, the DaVinci Slate roofing tiles we have created passed the Miami Dade County, Florida NOA No 06-308.03 test. These durable imitation slate roofs have also passed the following tests:

– passed the ASTM D 471 water absorption test

– passed the ASTM G21 Fungus (algae) test with no algae growth

– passed the ASTM D 638 tensile strength test with no meaningful reduction of strength on long-term weathering of material strength

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– are rated Class A for fire retardance in the Fire Test UL 790 with a VersaShield underlayment and Class C with an approved synthetic underlayment.

– passed Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) qualifications

– passed Miami Dade County, Florida NOA No 07-1203.03