Regardless of who is installing your roof, even if you do it yourself, you are expected to obtain two permits from the city of Orlando. The first permit gives you permission to work on your roof or have a new one installed. Then, once workers complete the work, you will need to obtain another permit showing that roofers completed the work according to the Florida Building Code. This guide is designed to be a general overview of details of the code, and you should check the regulations for yourself to make sure you comply with its rules.
Workers must install flashing where the roof system is interrupted or terminated, and it must be designed to keep water out of walls. The code says that the flashing must be placed at wall and roof intersections, at gutters and wherever the roof changes direction or slope. Furthermore, the Florida Building Code states that copper flashing must weigh at least 1 pound per square foot. If the homeowner chooses aluminum flashing, then it must be at least 0.24 inches thick. If the homeowner decides on stainless steel, then it must be at least 28 gauge. On the other hand, if you opt for galvanized steel, then it must be at least 0.0197 inches thick and be at least 28 gauge. Other choices are available, including painted trim. Note that these requirements do not apply to hip or ridge junctions.
All roofs must have a primary and secondary drainage system unless the roof is designed to drain water off its edges. Homeowners can choose to have a scupper installed instead of a roof drain. A scupper is a metal edge, parapet wall, or another way for water to move into a downspout that is not run through the interior of the building. If you choose to install a metal scupper, then it must match the metal used in the flashings. Plastic is the only material allowed for gutters and leaders on the outside of the building. Gutters and downspouts must discharge the water a minimum of 1 foot from the building. Unless the roof is above another roof or the eave is at least 6 inches wide, then workers must install a gutter. Homeowners are required to have a cricket or saddle of metal or a material matching the roofing material installed on the ridge side of any chimney or penetration, except for skylights.
While you can try to interpret all these rules to get your permits and get approval on the roofing project after you complete the work, there is a much easier way. Hire Century Roofing Specialists to be your roofer in Orlando. There easy financing makes all roof repair and replacement almost pain-free. These roofers in Orlando will also not disappear after the job is complete because they want you to be delighted.