Cover boards and roof boards have enjoyed popularity in North America and closer to home, in Scotland, for some time. Traditionally, thin timber manufactured boards were installed below the roof covering to increase the roof’s stability and provide a substrate for fixing roof coverings. This helps increase the roof design life and offers additional protection to roof build ups in climates with frequent severe weather.

This white paper will consider the typical mission critical roof build-ups and focus on the key drivers for specification of roof and cover boards. The four categories of buildings included are data centres, airports, and biotech (these buildings provide vital services and must be continuously operational), with museums and heritage buildings making up the fourth type. These contain precious collections, artefacts or equipment that often requires specific temperatures and humidity levels and a high level of protection from the elements.