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New roofing rules


For the first time, the International Existing Building Code, 2015 Edition (IEBC 2015) includes specific code requirements applicable to reroofing. IEBC 2015 also provides additional and sometimes more complex code requirements than those contained in the International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC).

Reroofing requirements

IBC and IRC were developed and are maintained with the primary intent of applying to new construction. One exception is both codes also address reroofing—re-covering and replacing existing roof coverings on existing buildings.

For example, in IBC 2015, reroofing is addressed in Chapter 15—Roof Assemblies and Rooftop Structures, Section 1511—Reroofing. Similar requirements are included in IRC's Chapter 9—Roof Assemblies where Section R908—Reroofing specifically addresses re-covering and replacing existing roof coverings.