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Hurricane Protection Law Raises Roofing Costs

October 12th, 2007 6:29 AM by Ron Mastrodonato

Hurricane-Protection Law Raises Roofing Costs
Florida has tightened roofing regulations for single-family homes to make them more hurricane proof, but the roofing industry thinks it’s a bad approach.

The law requires homeowners to pay for additional water barriers to prevent leaks. It will likely raise the cost of re-roofing 50 percent in coastal areas and 20 percent further inland. Owners of coastal homes valued at $300,000 or more that were built before March 2002 also must pay for stronger roof-to-wall connections.

"We have a terrible problem in the industry right now with unlicensed activity and we feel this law will lead to an increase in it because people are not going to want to spend this kind of money," says Steve Munnell, executive director of the Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors Association Inc.

Florida Senate Insurance Chairman Bill Posey championed the changes by stressing mitigation as the best way to deal with rising property-insurance premiums. He has said strengthening homes to withstand storms will save homeowners on insurance premiums.

Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Posted by Ron Mastrodonato on October 12th, 2007 6:29 AM

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