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1. General: For a good overview article describing various types of roof deck, see “Roof Decks: Don’t Underestimate the Backbone of the Roof System” by Thomas W. Hutchinson. The article is from 2014 and is archived on the Roofing Magazine website.

2. General: The National Roof Deck Contractors Association website has some useful information about various roof deck types.

3. Building Codes: Commercial: Lumber sheathing: see 2304.8.2 Structural Roof Sheathing in the 2018 International Building Code.

4. Building Codes: Commercial: Steel roof deck: see 2210.1.1.2 Steel Roof Deck in the 2018 International Building Code.

5. Building Codes: Residential: Wood sheathing (wood plank, plywood and OSB): see Section R803 Roof Sheathing in the 2018 International Residential Code.

6. Clay Tile (Structural): See “Roof Decks: A to Z – Part 3: Structural Clay Tile and Plywood” by Lyle D. Hogan, Donald Kilpatrick, and Richard Koziol in the November 2011 issue of IIBEC Interface, the technical journal of IIBEC (formerly RCI, Inc.).

7. Concrete: Cast-in-Place Concrete: See “Roof Decks: A to Z – Part VII: Cast-in-Place Structural Concrete” by L. D. Hogan and Rob Kennerly in the April/May 2015 issue of IIBEC Interface.

8. Concrete: Post-Tensioned Concrete: See “Roof Decks: A to Z – Part XI: Post-Tensioned Concrete” by L. D. Hogan in the July 2018 issue of IIBEC Interface.

9. Concrete: Precast Concrete Planks: See “Roof Decks: A to Z – Part 2: Wood Planks and Precast Concrete Planks” by Lyle D. Hogan in the April 2011 issue of IIBEC Interface, the technical journal of IIBEC (formerly RCI, Inc.).

10. Fiberglass-Reinforced Plastic:FRP Roof Decks: A Solution for Challenging Conditions” is a decent starting point for information about this type of roof deck. From the November 2011 issue of IIBEC Interface and available on the IIBEC website. (Note that the author was employed by an FRP manufacturer at the time the article was published.)

11. Gypsum: Poured Gypsum: See “Roof Decks: A to Z – Part 4: Poured Gypsum” by Lyle D. Hogan in the October 2012 issue of IIBEC Interface.

12. Lightweight Insulating Concrete: See “Roof Decks: A to Z – Part 1: LWIC and AWC” by Lyle D. Hogan in the September 2010 issue of IIBEC Interface.

13. Lightweight Insulating Concrete:Lightweight Insulating Cellular Concrete: A Seamless Roof Deck Installation” by Leo A. Legatski is a good basic introduction to this material. Available on the IIBEC website in the May 2000 issue of IIBEC Interface.

14. OSB/Plywood: Great article for history and comparison: “Choosing Between Oriented Strandboard and Plywood” by Paul Fisette is available on the website of the Building and Construction Technology Program at UMASS Amherst.

15. Plywood: See “Roof Decks: A to Z – Part 3: Structural Clay Tile and Plywood” by Lyle D. Hogan, Donald Kilpatrick, and Richard Koziol in the November 2011 issue of IIBEC Interface.

16. Steel: “Fastening Steel Deck” is a decent short article from 2015 available on the Structure Magazine website.

17. Steel:Fundamentals of Steel Construction” by Lyle D. Hogan is a must-read article for anyone involved in penetrating or replacing the roof on a steel roof deck. From the May 2001 issue of IIBEC Interface.

18. Steel: The SDI Manual of Construction with Steel Deck is an excellent, easy-to-follow source of technical information about steel roof decks. It was produced by the Steel Deck Institute.

19. Steel: Standards:  American National Standards Institute/Steel Deck Institute – RD – 2017 Standard for Steel Roof Deck.

20. Wood Planks: See “Roof Decks: A to Z – Part 2: Wood Planks and Precast Concrete Planks” by Lyle D. Hogan in the April 2011 issue of IIBEC Interface.

21. Wood Planks:Tongue and Groove Roof Decking” by the American Forest & Paper Association is 12 pages of good technical info on the website of the American Wood Council.

22. Manufacturers: See this list of roof decking manufacturers.