2/3rds of Florida roofs have been updated since 2002.

ASHEVILLE, NC (June 1, 2012): The BuildFax Florida Roof Age Report, based on analysis of its historical residential building permit data, announces that two-thirds of Florida roofs are either new or have been updated since 2002.

Over the past decade, substantial legislative efforts – such as a new, stricter Florida Building Code (FBC) in 2002 and HB 7057 passed by FL Legislature in 2007 – have been focused on increasing home safety and also ensuring the state’s economic strength by lowering insurance costs, through more stringent roofing guidelines and mitigation incentives, such as discounts for newer and safer roofs.

BuildFax recently reviewed more than five million single family homes in Florida to take an in- depth look at the current state of Florida roofs. BuildFax found that two-thirds of the properties reviewed have either a new roof or have had a roof update since 2002.

“No other state has made such dramatic strides with regard to the roof in the last 10 years,” says Holly Tachovsky, President of BuildFax. “While the state would love to see 100% of the properties updated, two-thirds is really quite impressive. What a difference a decade makes.”

“The new roof code has led to millions of homeowners getting more weather-resistant roofs, but we won’t know the full benefit until they are battle-tested by future weather events,” says Joe Emison, VP of Research & Development at BuildFax.


*BuildFax calculated these rankings by running a list of over 5 million single family homes in Florida and matching it against the BuildFax’s proprietary Roof Age Database, identifying those counties which had the highest percentage of roofs that were permitted in 2002 or later.
About BuildFax®

BuildFax (http://www.buildfax.com) is the creator of the first and only national database of historical building permit data. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, BuildFax has created a proprietary property intelligence engine that contains building and permitting information from 4,000+ cities and counties throughout the country. Local building departments in each of these towns across the country inspect construction to make sure it meets quality and safety standards; as such it is an absolutely critical part of the public safety infrastructure. BuildFax is then able to consolidate this information into the dataset, which is a tremendous asset to professionals in the insurance, financial services, inspection, and appraisal industries, as well as buyers and sellers of property. As the best and only source of a structure’s “life story,” the BuildFax database continues to grow, currently covering over 72 million residential and commercial properties in the United States, with over 6 billion data points.
For questions, or to receive the FL Roof Age Report electronically:

Courtney Crawford BuildFax Director of Communications ccrawford@buildfax.com (704) 625.9992 x 269

And, 2/3rds have been done improperly!

I don’t see Hialeah in there.

They missed 2/3 of the roof deck nails. Haha!

I would think all the storms in the last decade have played a big part. But I still see homes re roofed or built after Charley with minimal or shoddy construction in the attic. Straps not nailed on the othr side just wrapped over,many many missed nails. Hurry up and finish so we can do next house.

I’m wondering if there’s any correlation between this data and data available for new home upstarts during the building boom between 2002 up until the end of 2006? May be those counties had a spurt of growth during that time. Also, the hurricane season of 2004 and 2005.


I’d also like to know what percentage were paid for by insurance claims?

I feel like a fool for fixing my own roof when I could have gotten a new one.

Then State Farm showed their appreciation by dropping my GL policy because I was doing a Insurance inspections under my G.C. License.

F-ing scumbags.

2/3 of my homes need roofs - just inspected home built in 2006 which has 6d nails at 12" and toenail in garage


Its really a shame that so many roofs were installed so poorly down here. The worst ones that i have seen have been 04-06 in the Palm Beaches, for some reason. Just Hundreds of missed nails

Wait, they re-nailed yours :shock:

Mine was done correctly under the 1988 SFBC. “Broward County edition”. The roof deck did not need to be renailed. It was built superior in 1957 with a Miami Dade Pine tongue in groove roof deck. Good thing they changed the code without requiring roof deck nailing inspections, Not!