I have really been looking up the codes in my local areas and ones we are working in. I am in Louisiana and they have adopted the 2012 version of the IRC. Certain things are code, drip edge, roll roofing in the valleys, and I am looking for more code upgrades as long as the homeowner has an upgrade able policy. If they don’t, I’ll inform them of the standards so they realize for future inspection purposes. I can’t force a homeowner to upgrade after all.
Another thing I have discovered is the “DMO” code. DMO is the demolition code for basic laborer. However, hardly anybody has a separate demolition crew tear off a roof and then have roofers put the roof on. I don’t know of any that is. You pay insurance and pay based on what work is performed the majority of the time. If you have a person working on a roof, general labor or not, you are paying insurance rates for a roofer. Changing the DMO code to RFG doubles the remove price in most every case. Same for interior, flooring, fencing, drywall, etc. This needs to become an industry standard.
Everyone knows roofing is a dangerous job. Not having insurance makes it even more dangerous. To make a decent living and to do it with the necessary insurance, the roofing industry as a whole needs to be paid more for the work performed. In some areas that is. Some areas have combated the insurance companies correctly and therefore the prices in those areas have adjusted accordingly.
Just my thoughts on the subject.