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According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), roof cover damage continues to be the largest, most frequent source of non-surge related failures related to hurricanes1. In response, roof covering manufacturers have provided a multitude of products that have demonstrated through independent testing to be able to withstand design event forces. However, it is apparent in the wake of recent windstorm events that much is lost in translation between the idealized laboratory setting and an actual constructed roof. This article will provide a brief review of the current codes, design, and selection process. It will also present a number of common construction-related defects that result in the loss of millions of dollars annually.


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