Editor's note: The following was adapted from the paper "Evaluating Wind-Damaged Low-Slope Roof Assemblies: A Preliminary Protocol," which was written by the author and presented in June at the 12th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering in Seattle.
Although there is major damage caused by wind events in the U.S. every year, there currently is no roofing industry standard or recognized protocol for investigators to use when evaluating wind-damaged roof systems. Because of the lack of a protocol or standard, some investigators have inadequately evaluated damaged roof systems.
But by following a well-founded protocol, qualified investigators are more likely to appropriately determine roof assembly repair versus replacement recommendations.
Why a protocol is necessary