What Can I Do to Fireproof My Roof?
Is there even such a thing as a fireproof roof?
Although most of us in the Pacific NW don’t have the threat of wildfires like homeowners in California or Eastern Washington (a little closer to home), having our home, more specifically our roof catch fire is a real threat. That threat can come from:
- Illegal fireworks
- Lightening strikes
- Chimney fires
- Sparks or other debris from a neighboring fire
- Unfortunately, even arson
Your home is probably the largest investment you have or will make, protecting it from disaster should be high on your list, and fire definitely qualifies as a disaster. Start with your roof…it’s probably your first line of defense.
Areas of the country where the risk of fire is high, most likely will have building codes that require fire resistant or fireproof roofing, which will give the home a better chance of survival.
Fire resistant roofing categories
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., a non-profit organization which was organized in the late 1800’s, continues to test and define fire safety guidelines. They have broken roofing materials down into categories or classes to help you identify how fire resistant they are:
- Class A – the most resistant (typically shingles containing fiberglass) – can withstand severe outside fire exposure.
- Class B – less resistant – can withstand moderate outside fire exposure
- Class C – least resistant (shingles comprised of organic materials such as wood) – can withstand only mild outside fire exposure.
Roofing materials that offer a high degree of fire resistance:
- Asphalt shingles, which are on 80% of the roofs in the United States are probably the most economical roofing material on the market. Asphalt shingles that have fiberglass as their base are the top rated material to protect your home. When they are installed with fire resistant underlayment, their effectiveness is even higher.
- Another Class A roofing material, that is also eco-friendly, is recycled rubber tiles. Constructed with fire retardant, like the asphalt shingles, when installed with a fire resistant underlayment are highly effective.
- Clay or concrete tiles are probably considered fireproof. More often used in commercial buildings they have a southwest look to them. These tiles are heavier than asphalt or rubber so will probably need stronger support for installation.
- In the same “family” of materials as clay or concrete is slate, not only heavy in nature, but also considered noncombustible, therefore fireproof. It is also one of the most expensive materials to put on your roof.
- Metal roofing has become quite popular in many areas (on steep slope roofs and areas where there is heavy snow) and are considered fire-resistant. Metal roofs are lightweight, can be installed on top of previous roofs and some homeowners have chosen metal roofing that that has been made to look like shake roofing. Metal roofing materials can be made of:
- Stainless steel
What else can you do to keep your roof safe from fire?
Not only are your roofing materials important, but there are preventative things you can do to help protect your home and your roof:
- Keep tree branches trimmed away from your roof
- Keep the perimeter of your house clear of dead bushes, trees and debris
- Don’t stack firewood around your house
If you need a new roof, Contact us, we’ll be happy to come and give you a complimentary estimate and provide great fire-proof or fire resistant options to protect your home.
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