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# IBC Table 1604.3 Roof Member - GWB Ceiling2

## IBC Table 1604.3 Roof Member - GWB Ceiling

(OP)
If a roof member supports a GWB ceiling, should the D*+L deflection limit be L/240 or L/180? I've always assumed L/240 for this, but I have a case in which it matters.

The wording is pretty specific: L/240 for "stucco ceiling" and L/180 for "nonplaster ceiling." Does that mean a GWB ceiling would have an L/180 limit? It isn't "plaster."

*Creep component of the sustained loads per Footnote d.

Advice and especially references would be greatly appreciated!

### RE: IBC Table 1604.3 Roof Member - GWB Ceiling

1) I've traditionally assumed that the intent of this deflection limit is to limit the curvature induced in a brittle ceiling material such that unsightly cracking would be precluded. In this sense, the limit being imposed is indirect in the sense that what you're really after is not the absolute deflection but, rather, the curvature associated with that absolute deflection. Presumably, the assumption of uniform loading is built into that.

2) The obvious difference between plaster and GWB is the jointing. However, I don't see that the jointing reliably improves things relative to the plaster case. If you've got an 8' length of GWB located at midspan, it's fasteners will force it into the same curvature there that the plaster would have been forced into.

3) 1+2 = I apply the L/240 to GWB.

The code could probably use a modernization in terms of the materials they list for this stuff.

### RE: IBC Table 1604.3 Roof Member - GWB Ceiling

I generally use L/240, but looks like L/120 is ok. I mean sheetrock is flexible AF after all.

### RE: IBC Table 1604.3 Roof Member - GWB Ceiling

(OP)
From their last sentence, I would be nervous using larger than L/240.

It would've been nice if NWCB mentioned L/180!

### RE: IBC Table 1604.3 Roof Member - GWB Ceiling

(OP)
Thanks for the replies, KootK and XR250!

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