New update to roofing rule for homeowners

The code change involves what type of components can be utilized for a roofing contractor project particularly the use of felt and metal drip edge. Several roofers tell 11 News, they had no understanding there was a change to the code and they were installing roofs that comply with the old code. Pikes Peak Regional Building says they think they managed to do everything they could to inform contractors.

“It ended up being a 90 day general public comment period, it then went through our Regional Building Committees and then moved through general public hearings at every one of the jurisdictions supported by Pikes Peak Regional Building. Following this, the code ended up being adopted June 1, 2018,” said Roger Lovell with Pikes Peak Regional Building Department.

In connection to a post on the department’s internet site, the division mentioned they sent a private email about the latest code to contractors.

Some roofers mentioned they missed that email.

“I don’t go to their particular website, I don’t attend their public seminars. I have roofing licenses in over 30 cities. I don’t stop by everybody’s meetings,” said Calvin Turner of Calvin Turner Roofing.

Since the code change last year, more than 23,700 roofing systems have been inspected, 2,807 are not in compliance with the latest code.

The Building Department is offering a couple of solutions for contractors to potentially approve the roofs that have already been finished. Those include applying for a Variance or an Alternate Materials and Methods Application. Inspectors include, they anticipate any newly installed roofing systems to adhere to the existing code.

If your roof has previously passed examination, your roof complies along with the existing code.