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Types of Patio-Sunroom Footings Explained

Here’s a description and illustrations we’ve created for footing types we frequently reference in our work for sunrooms, pergolas, carports, screen rooms, and similar patio structures.   An isolated footing is used to support a single post. Isolated footings are independent footings which are provided for each support. they can be round (cylindrical) or square (rectangular).…

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When is a Miami Dade NOA or FL Product Approval required, and how do TER’s Fit In?

The Florida Building Code (Building commission rule 61G20-3.001) requires certain products be tested and registered with the state of Florida through their statewide product approval system.  There are only some product types that require this type of approval, and this is within habitable space: 61G20-3.001 Scope. (1) Products in the following categories as defined by…

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What do I do if a TER isn’t enough for a permit?

Sometimes, municipalities or contract documents require more information than just submitting a TER (Technical Evaluation Report).  Typical reasons why TER’s aren’t approved include: No certification is provided that the product meets the site specific project requirements The TER is not signed and sealed by the evaluating engineer (a copy was submitted) More sealed copies of…

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How do I get a certified TER?

TER’s or technical evaluation reports must bear the original signature and raised seal of the evaluating engineer to be valid for use.  this is a code requirement and necessary to maintain quality control, liability, and integrity of the report.  Typically 1-3 sealed copies are needed for a permit which varies from municipality to municipality.  …

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What doesn’t a TER do?

TER’s or Technical Evaluation Reports are evaluation of a product’s performance.  They are not intended to approve product for a specific application, but rather provide limiting values based on installation options.   TER’s don’t provide the full assembly or installation of a product and should be used in conjunction with manufacturer specifications, building plans, and…

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