New international roofing code

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Oklahoma recently adopted a new international roofing code, bringing new standards to roofs throughout the state. And it could put you in a bit of a bind.

One specific regulation in the new roofing code that would apply to many of the state’s homeowners is a new rule on decking. Decking is the layer of plywood between the shingles on your roof and its structure. And it’s a construction feature that has changed over the years.

Homes with roofs built under the previous code might have spaces between the plywood decking. Under the new roofing code, no space is allowed between a roof’s wooden decking components, and it must be fixed if not in compliance.

Why is this a problem? Well, unless your roof is being replaced as part of an insurance claim, an insurance agency isn’t going to pay for the roof to be re-decked. That means your next roof might end up costing you a little more than expected, because the old decking must be torn up and replaced.

While your roofer should check for this, it might be a good idea to ask ahead of time. If an inspector were to visit our home and find the old decking, you could be forced to replace it.

If you have any questions about roofing codes or roof decking, give us a call at (405) 359-3951.


1 Comment

  1. Don Cunningham on July 28, 2015 at 8:37 am

    what affect will this have on future residential real estate transactions? home

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