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What are Some Code Items in Georgia That my Roofing Company Should Always Include in a Roof Replacement?

September 16, 2022

Roof replacements are extremely important for the integrity of your home. Coupled with the high cost of a roof replacement, you want to make sure your roofing contractor is abiding by your state's roofing codes. Continue reading to learn more about Georgia's roofing codes that your roofing contractor should always include in a roof replacement.


Re-roofing is placing new shingles on top of an existing roof. In Georgia, re-roofing is prohibited in certain situations, such as when there is already more than one layer of roofing materials, the roof is waterlogged, or the roof is extremely damaged. To prevent any issues with previous roofing materials, at Roof It Forward we remove the existing roofing material for roof replacements.

Mandated Roof Structure

To replace the roof up to code, the roof structure itself has to be up to par. The Georgia code requires a roof to have a one-quarter inch per one-foot slope to protect the home from the weather. All roof decks must use International Residential Code-approved covering materials. Coverings are required to have approved fasteners to keep the covering in place.

Proper Ventilation

All residential roofs in Georgia are required to have roofing ventilation. Roofing ventilation allows your attic and home to have the ability to breathe, preventing moisture buildup that could cause mildew, mold, and humidity. Roof vents are required to be one-sixteenth and one-quarter of an inch thick with protection placed on top. Any roof vents larger than that much have a wire cloth screen to prevent moisture and rust.

Flashing Requirements

In Georgia, residential roofs are required to have sheet metal flashing and counterflashing that is at least 15 inches wide to prevent moisture from coming into the roof and home. Flashing and counterflashing need to be placed around chimneys and areas where the roof intersects with a wall.

Seal Elements

In Georgia, a product called Ice and Water Shield should be installed in all valleys. At Roof It Forward, we generally include this product around all penetrations and along sidewalls too. Additionally, Drip Edge and Gutter Apron should be installed along the rakes and eaves.

Approved Roofing Materials

There is no specific requirement for the quality or type of roofing materials that homeowners must use. However, the shingles and other roofing materials must be compatible with the building and the other materials on the building. All roofing materials need to have a manufacturer's identification on the packaging when delivered, an accreditation label from a testing agency, and a record on the bill of lading if the materials were delivered in bulk.

When getting a roof replacement, you want to make sure the roofing contractor you choose will follow the code guidelines in your state. Our roofing contractors at Roof It Forward are highly trained in Georgia's residential roofing requirements to provide you with great craftsmanship and excellent results.

We have been providing high-quality roofing solutions to the Metro Atlanta area since 2005. Roof It Forward aims to provide top-tier service to our customers to keep you and your family safe in your home. Contact us today to schedule your free roof inspection!


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