After reading the reports compiled after major hurricanes by the Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues (RICOWI), it looks like the roofing industry could update the old adage this way: “For want of an edge, the roof was lost.”

The executive summary of the RICOWI report after Hurricane Ike includes this passage in its examination of damage to low-slope roofs: “The major problems were most often caused by edge failure, leading to membrane dislodgement and/or punctures and tears due to flying debris. Since 2003 the International Building Code (IBC) has required that edge metal be designed and installed in accordance with ANSI/SPRI/ES-1. Compliance with the standard could significantly reduce the damage from hurricanes.”

Every roof has an edge, and if you want to ensure your edge stands up to high winds, join us fora free webinar focusing on perimeter edge metal on June 27 at 11 a.m. Eastern time. The course is titled “Perimeter Edge Metal: First Line of Defense Against Wind Events and Costly Litigation.” Speaker Jim Townsend of Exceptional Metals will explain the importance of proper edge metal design and installation. He’ll also provide overview of the relevant codes and standards, including ANSI/SPRI ES-1.

To register, just click here.

If you can’t attend the live event, you can view it on demand any time.