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Changes reduce some FM classifications

FM Approvals has revised its criteria for determining the uplift resistances of membrane and liquid-applied roof assemblies. Because many roofing professionals rely on FM Approvals' classifications when designing and specifying low-slope roof assemblies, you should be aware of the changes made and their effects on specific roof assembly classifications.

FM 4470

FM 4470, "Approval Standard for Single-Ply, Polymer-Modified Bitumen Sheet, Built-Up Roof (BUR) and Liquid Applied Roof Assemblies for use in Class 1 and Noncombustible Roof Deck Construction," is the basis for FM Approvals' determination of 1-60, 1-90, 1-120, etc., classifications used for low-slope membrane and liquid-applied roof assemblies.

In June 2012, FM Approvals revised FM 4470; the effective date of the new standard was Dec. 31, 2012. The revisions include adding NFPA 276, "Standard Method for Fire Tests for Determining the Heat Release Rate of Roofing Assemblies with Combustible Above-Deck Roofing Components," to determine combustibility below the roof deck; changes to the conditions of acceptance for wind uplift and hail damage resistance testing; and adding an alternative test method for determining fasteners' corrosion resistances.