AUGUST JLC 1997 00
These days, code officials, insurance companies, and homeowners
are pressuring builders to find alternatives to conventional
roofing products. In fire-prone areas, new codes
prohibit wood roofing; in many cases, even fire-retardanttreated
wood shakes and shingles are illegal. In regions susceptible
to earthquakes, high wind, and hail, insurance companies are
pushing builders to use roofing with
better survivability. Finally, homeowners'
associations are creating covenants
that require alternatives to asphalt roofing, and individual owners
are asking for roofing materials that are environmentally sensitive
and have longer life expectancy.
Fortunately, manufacturers offer several alternative roofing
materials that meet these demands, although each product must
be evaluated in the context of the region and environment