Lessons Learned by a Roof Consultant

by Richard L. Cook, Jr., Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Charleston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hurricane Hugo One Year Later


Hurricane Hugo left in its wake, extensive damage, an estimated $6 Billion loss. It is estimated that over 80% of the losses were related to roof failures, and the associated water damages. Although we cannot feasibly build hurricane proof roofing systems for all buildings, many of the failures which occured could have been minimized, and some possibly eliminated. This paper summarizes observations made on system performances, the reconstruction process, and availability of workforce along with some recommendations for improvement of existing criteria.

Subject Headings: Roofs | Consulting services | Hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones | Roof failures | Failure analysis | Building design | Building systems | Construction management

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