How Thick Can Roof Coverboards be?
In low-slope roofing, coverboards have become ubiquitous as concerns about gaps and design requirements looking for high performance roof systems demand protective layers used on top of thermal insulation. Coverboards are typically thought of as 1" thick or less, dense boards that provide sound and fire resistance to the assembly.
In a common roof design, 2 layers of polyisocyanurate insulation would be used to meet an R30 roof design totaling 5.5" thick of insulation as well as the coverboard (1/2" or 5/8") With 2" thick of mineral wool as a coverboard (which provides R3.8/in), an R30 roof system can be met with just 4" of polyisocyanurate insulation. This system does not increase the height of the total assembly but will perform better in cold temperatures based on third party research into effective R-value performance.
Roof systems are increasing in height as codes require more and more thermal resistance. Taking advantage of coverboard materials that provide added thermal resistance in addition to meeting the demand's of high performance assemblies can be beneficial to all involved.
ROXUL® TOPROCK® DD and TOPROCK® DD Plus products are offered in 2 - 6" thicknesses to meet today's energy codes, although the benefits of the coverboard can be realized with a minimum of 2" thick TOPROCK DD on top of the polyiso insulation.
To learn more about how increasing thickness of the coverboard layer can also reduce installation time, click here.
Andrew Lindley - Segment Manager, Roofing