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Old 11-05-2010, 06:28 PM   #1
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Roofing Question!

So I just found out my roof has 1/2" sheathing plywood on the roof. The home was built in 1992 and is in Jupiter, Florida. I believe the code is 5/8" for sheathing plywood now. I was all geared up and ready to do a re-roof because I have shingles curling up and had two minor leaks that were patched. All in all it was time for new tarpaper and shingles. All the 1/2" plywood looks good. I have maybe one spot that is slightly rotten that I would replace. What are my options now? Will the Jupiter building inspector now allow me to re-roof over top this 1/2" sheathing? Am I going to have to tear up all this good 1/2" plywood and replace with 5/8"? Before I lay down new felt and shingles????

What are my options, please help!



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Old 11-05-2010, 06:42 PM   #2
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How far apart are the rafters ?
Contact the Building Dept & find out what they require


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Old 11-05-2010, 06:44 PM   #3
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You pulled a permit to redo your roof? I have never pulled a permit or that before. Most building inspectors wont climb on a roof to check it out.
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Old 11-05-2010, 06:50 PM   #4
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Last I heard, Fla. requires the permits AND that all roof and rafter assemblies have hurricane strapping applied as per 20xx code.
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Old 11-05-2010, 06:54 PM   #5
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Yea, Florida you pretty much have to pull a permit in order to touch your house, especially the roof. Its not to bad if you live out in the woods, but if your in a neighborhood near the city you need a permit.

My roof has the rafter assemblies (I'm assuming your talking about the extra 2 X 4's for support on everything). I know that is required and surprisingly, this house has it...but it also has 1/2" plywood sheathing.

Can't get a hold of the building inspector until Monday, I hope they tell me I can go ahead and lay down the felt and shingles over this 1/2" sheathing. Other wise I have a whole other project and more $$$ to spend.

Anyone else with some input or advice or anything at all.

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no good input but theres good tennis courts in jupiter right


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