Why Use Cover Boards in North America?

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe what cover board is and list best practices for installing cover board in roof assemblies.
  2. Identify what factors affect roof life span and these factors can impact the health and safety of occupants.
  3. List the key approvals to seek with cover board to ensure comfort, safety and welfare of occupants.
  4. Describe how cover board can impact the performance of the building to improve the durability, indoor air quality, and comfort of the building.


AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

Cover board can be a strategically important addition to roofing systems to help protect against the most common threats to flat or low-sloped roofs. The risk of damage from wind, water intrusion, fire, foot traffic and the potential of puncture can all be mitigated using cover boards as a protective layer above the insulation. In addition, the inherent nature of cover board can also offer better acoustic performance and allow for additional support for photovoltaic energy generation systems as well as vegetative roofs. This presentation will discuss what cover board is and list best practices for installing cover board in roof assemblies as well as identify what factors affect roof life span and explain how cover board can impact the performance of the building.

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 Colin Vaughan, started framing houses and renovating family rentals as a teenager and he was instantly hooked to a life in the construction industry. While attending and after graduating from Purdue University he spent 10 years in various roles with a Northeast Indiana home builder eventually serving as the Director of Sales and lead the Customer Education & Experience of the home building process. Most recently spending the last 10+ years in a Technical Sales role for GP Gypsum. Outside of work he enjoys serving on various Indianapolis non-profit boards from MLB’s RBI Indianapolis, United Cerebral Palsy of IN and Primary Colours, an art support organization through exhibitions and events within the community. He continues to serve as a current board member with the Indianapolis Chapter for CSI. He is also a Membership & Sponsorship Committee Member for BEC Indiana and active member of both IIBEC and ABAA in the Midwest. He previously worked in music promotion, helped open a craft brewery, started a gym, served as a digital strategist in various ad agencies and has served as a consultant both for a mayoral and presidential campaign. But his passion has kept bringing him back to the construction industry. Colin currently is a Technical Sales Resource for Indiana, Illinois and Eastern Missouri based out of Indianapolis with his best friend and wife Emily and their “Instagram Famous” dog, Hamilton.


Georgia-Pacific Building Products Georgia-Pacific Building Products has a legacy of creating strong, durable, sustainable building materials from exterior sheathing products to drywall in walls and ceilings to industry leading roof products and supporting products from lumber to subfloors to fire doors. We help members of the building community build quality commercial and residential construction projects all over the world. GP Building Products is the largest producer of structural wood panels (plywood and OSB) in North America and is a leading producer of gypsum building products, lumber and composite panels.

We support commercial and residential architects, designers, building material dealers, contractors and builders with tools, education and supporting resources that help the building community advance their knowledge, hone their craft, and make the best product decisions for their projects.


Originally published in May 2022