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When were staples banned for roof sheathing attachment in Florida?
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Staples for roof sheathing attachment were excluded in the first edition of the statewide Florida Building Code on its effective date of March 1, 2002. They just don’t have the resistance to uplift in a storm comparable that's to nails.
Hurricane Andrew, which caused massive roof failures as it swept across Florida in August, 1992, was the impetus for this and other code upgrades that improved residential hurricane resistance. Some local building codes, such as the South Florida Building Code, even banned staples a few years earlier—probably in 1997. Thanks to code expert Jerry Peck for providing this bit of Florida code history.
Also see our blog posts When did the Florida code start requiring roof sheathing nails to be ring-shank instead of smooth? and Why is my roof sheathing sagging between the trusses? and Are H-clips required by the building code for roof sheathing?
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