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By Erin in Paulina, LA on 9/25/2005


 

 

Does anyone know if foil wafer board is better than regular plywood for your roof?  Also, does the thickness of the plywood matter.  Our lumber company quoted us for 7/16 foil wafer board.  Some of my husbands friends at work think this may be a mistake and that we should go with 5/8 regular plywood.  We consulted a local builder in the area and he stated that he thought that some shingle companies may not honor their warranty if we use the foil wafer board because it could cause too much heat on the shingles.  Any info would be helpful!!!  Thank you.


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By Kenneth in Lees Summit, MO on 9/26/2005


Foil wafer board is a radiant barrier insulation technique.  Effectiveness depends on your environment, but I notice that you are in Louisiana, where radiant barrier is probably effective (in my locale, you can't buy foil wafer board, likely because nobody uses it because it is simply not cost effective).

As to 7/16" thickness, 7/16" OSB or plywood roof sheathing is rated to 24" span.

As to whether or not the warranty on the shingles is a factor, get a copy from your roofing supplier.  I don't think this would be a deal breaker for me, the chance of you collecting any money on defective shingles is very slight anyway, and if you do collect you would only collect a prorated portion based on the material cost itself. 


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By Ralph in Fort Collins, CO on 9/26/2005


Make sure to check with your engineer regarding the roof sheathing.  7/16" will probably be fine but if you are using heavier materials like tile or slate, the engineer may call for true 1/2" or even 5/8" decking.  And good luck finding anything affordable for awhile with all of the damage in your neck of the woods.  Hope you made it through the storms okay.
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