Brand new change to roofing code for property owners

The code change includes what kind of components can be used for a roofing contractor project incorporating the usage of felt and metal drip edge. Multiple roofers inform 11 News, they had no understanding there was a change to the code and they were installing roofs that conform with the old code. Pikes Peak Regional Building says they think they managed to do everything they could to inform building contractors.

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

In connection to a posting on the department’s website, the division said they sent an email concerning the new code to building contractors.

Many roofers said they missed that email.

“I don’t go to their 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 roofs have been examined, 2,807 are definitely not in compliance with the newer code.

The Building Department is offering two solutions for contractors to potentially accept the roofs that have already been finished. Those include applying for a difference or an Alternate Materials and Methods Application. Inspectors add, they expect any newly installed roofs to conform to the current code.

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