Whether you live in a wildfire-prone area or just want to add an extra layer of protection to your home, fire-resistant roofing for your home is a great solution. If you are fortunate enough to oversee the building of yourself, you can request that the contractors use a specific material. Alternatively, you could remodel your roof altogether, or finally, add a fire-retardant material to the structure.
Why Get A Fireproof Roof?
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, in 2017 alone, there were more than 370,000 residential fires. Fifty-one percent of those house fires resulted from cooking, the rest were induced by heating, ‘carelessness’, and electrical malfunction. A home is so valuable, both fiscally and emotionally, that not getting a fireproof roof is a risk that not a lot of people are willing to take.
Additionally, house fires can also cause wildfires, especially in areas where there are large amounts of foliage. One simple flame and your home can devastate an entire community.
Fireproof Roof Options
There are three different types of fireproof roofs that you can choose from: Class A, Class B, and Class C. Class A roofs are considered to be the most-resistant and inflammable to fires, keeping flames from rising more than 6 feet and controlling the area in which it burns. The most common materials used in heat resistant tiles for roofs include fiberglass-based asphalt shingles, slate tiles, and clay tiles.
Heat-Proof Roof Treatment
You could also choose to add fire retardants or fire barrier paint for the exterior of your roof to combat any house fires. These can be easily added to the majority of roofing materials. If you choose to go for a heat-proof roof treatment, just make sure the product is third-party tested and is certified Class A fire-resistant.
Best Roof For Fire Protection
What if you wanted a roof that was as close to fire-proof as possible? All the experts would tell you to go with a solid tile to start. Cement, clay, and asphalt, are the three most affordable and have the longest lifespan, up to thirty years. These materials are naturally resistant to flame, so you wouldn’t have to worry about your heat-proof roof treatment fading with time or being damaged by the elements, however long that would take.
Of course, practicing caution when dealing with flame, having your home’s electrical wiring regularly inspected, and follow other basic fire-prevention tips will help more than anything. There are things that you can’t control, like a lightning strike or wildfire. All you can really do is take every reasonable precaution, and you should be fine.
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