Moisture Control in Low-Slope Roofing: A New Design Requirement

A.O. Desjarlais and J.E. Christian, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
N. A. Byars, University of North Carolina Charlotte




Moisture Control Strategies Presently Employed

Proposed Moisture Control Strategy

Developing the Algorithms

Using the Algorithms

An Example

Comparison with Existing Methods

Conclusions/Future Work




This calculator performs the calculations described in Moisture Control in Low-Slope Roofing: A New Design Requirement. This calculator allows the roofing practitioner to determine if a roofing system design requires a vapor retarder or if the system can be modified to enhance its tolerance for small leaks. To use the calculator, simply supply the following information and click on the "Check Roof" button at the bottom of the form.
Insulation Type and Thickness (in inches):
Layer 1
Layer 2
Layer 3

Membrane Solar Reflectance:

Deck Type:

Indoor Temperature (F) and
Relative Humidity (%):

First Three Digits of ZIP Code for Location:

Building Envelope Research
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

For more information, contact the program manager for Building Envelope Research:

André O. Desjarlais
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
P. O. Box 2008, MS 6070
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6070

E-mail Andre Desjarlais

Revised: May 26, 2004 by Juanita Denton