A Look At How Popular Roofing Materials Compare When It Comes To Fire Protection For Your Home
If wildfires or forest fires seem to be increasing in your area, putting a fire-resistant roof on your home might give you peace of mind. A fire-resistant roof can protect your house against catching fire from flames that jump from roof to roof or from burning embers that waft through the air. Here's a look at some popular types of residential roofing and their fire ratings.
Slate, Concrete, and Clay Tiles
Stone and clay tiles are naturally fire resistant. These have a Class A rating, which is the highest level of fire protection available in roofing. However, to achieve the highest level of protection, the roofing has to be installed properly. For instance, stone tiles with a barrel shape need to have the raised areas blocked so sparks and embers can't fly under the tiles and make contact with the roof deck.
Treated Wood Shakes
Traditional wood shakes have the least fire resistance, so if you want a wood shake roof, be sure to look for roofing that's been treated to be fire resistant. When treated properly, wood shakes can achieve a Class A fire rating when they are also combined with fireproof underlayment. Sometimes, a Class A fire rating is given to roofing based on the cover material alone, as is the case with stone tiles. Other times, the roof covering has to be combined with fireproof materials underneath it to achieve a Class A rating, so be sure you understand the difference when choosing your new roof.
Metal roofing doesn't combust, and it's a good choice when you live in a fire-prone area. You can choose metal tiles or corrugated sheets in a variety of colors so your home looks stylish while being protected against fire.
Asphalt shingle roofing is one of the most popular types of roofing chosen by homeowners. However, not all types of asphalt shingles are rated Class A for fire protection. When talking to your roofer about putting a shingle roof on your home, be sure to specify you want shingles with the highest fire rating, and you may even want to add fire-resistant underlayment for enhanced protection.
It's important to keep in mind that your roof has to be in good shape for the best protection against fire. Loose or missing shingles or tiles opens your roof deck up to the risk of fire. Check your roof after storms, at least yearly, and when the threat of fire is high so you can repair roof damage promptly.
Reach out to a company like Cloise & Mike Construction Inc to learn more.