Roof Decks

Painted Steel roof deck panel.

Structural concrete roof deck at a roof penetration.

Useful Links:

1. General: For an excellent overview article describing various basic types of roof decks, see “It All Starts with the Roof Deck” by Richard L. Fricklas. The article is from 2010 and is archived on the Buildings.com website.

2. General: “Roof Decks: Don’t Underestimate the Backbone of the Roof System” by Thomas W. Hutchinson is a good general article about roof decks and how they relate to the roof system. From 2014, archived on the Roofing Magazine website.

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

4. 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 RCI Interface, the technical journal of RCI, Inc.

5. 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 RCI Interface, the technical journal of RCI, Inc.

6. 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 RCI Interface, the technical journal of RCI, Inc.

7. 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 RCI Interface, the technical journal of RCI, Inc.

8. 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 Interface magazine. Available on the website of RCI, Inc. (Note that the author was employed by an FRP manufacturer at the time the article was published.)

9. Gypsum: Poured Gypsum: See “Roof Decks: A to Z - Part 4: Poured Gypsum” by Lyle D. Hogan in the October 2012 issue of RCI Interface, the technical journal of RCI, Inc.

10. Lightweight Insulating Concrete: See “Roof Decks: A to Z - Part 1: LWIC and AWC” by Lyle D. Hogan in the September 2010 issue of RCI Interface, the technical journal of RCI, Inc.

11. 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 RCI, Inc. website in the May 2000 issue of Interface magazine

12. 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.

13. 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 RCI Interface, the technical journal of RCI, Inc.

14. Steel: "Fastening Steel Deck" is a decent short article from 2015 available on the Structure Magazine website.

15. 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 RCI Interface, the technical journal of RCI, Inc.

16. SteelSDI 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.

17. Steel: Standards:  American National Standards Institute/Steel Deck Institute - RD - 2017 Standard for Steel Roof Deck.

18. 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 RCI Interface, the technical journal of RCI, Inc.

19. ManufacturersSee here for a list of roof decking manufacturers.