UL Roofing Materials Tests - Charter Roofing & Waterproofing

18 July 2007 / News

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UL (Underwriters Laboratories) Testing of Roofing products

Underwriters Laboratories Inc., Based in Northbrook, Illinois, is one of the world's leading product safety testing and certification group devoted to developing standards and test procedures for products, materials, components, assemblies, tools and equipment, chiefly dealing with product safety.

The roofing industry has worked with the UL to develop standards for the safety and effectiveness of roofing products especially in the areas of fire resistance, wind resistance and durability. We have gathered some common UL standards related to roofing products as a resource for our customers.

UL offers the following testing and certification services for roofing materials and systems:

Test Standards

Fire Resistance

  • UL 790 -- Tests for Fire Resistance of Roof-Covering Materials (ASTM E108/NFPA 256)
  • UL 1256 -- Fire Test of Roof Deck Constructions' Wind Resistance

Wind Resistance

  • UL 580 -- Tests for Uplift Resistance of Roof Assemblies
  • UL 997 -- Wind Resistance of Prepared Roof-Covering Materials
  • UL 1897 -- Uplift Tests for Roof-Covering Systems
  • ASTM E1592 -- Structural Performance of Sheet Metal Roof and Siding Systems by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference

Material Performance Properties

  • UL 55A -- Materials for Built-Up Roof Coverings
  • ASTM and other nationally recognized Standards

Impact Resistance 

  • UL 2218 -- Impact Resistance of Prepared Roof Covering Materials