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Opinion: Weather exposure at porch floors

Inquiry:

97-34

Subject:

Weather exposure at porch floors

Code:

1994 UBC Section 2317.12

Submitted By:

MN B. O. Uniformity Committee

Approved By:

Thomas R. Joachim, State Building Official

Issue Date:

July, 18 1997

Question:

Does this section require that floors of open or screen porches be constructed of treated wood or approved wood of natural resistance to decay?

Answer:

Yes "when...exposed to the weather without adequate protection from a roof, eave, overhang or other covering to prevent moisture or water accumulation on the surface or at joints between members."

Division comments:

UBC 224 defines weather-exposed surfaces and when roofs or overhangs may provide required weather protection.

Committee comments:

The roof and overhangs do not typically provide the requir3ed protection for the floor of open and screen porches.

Adopted by Committee December 2, 1996 and ratified at the 41st Annual Institute of Building Officials on January 17, 1997.

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