As a homeowner, the last thing you want is a house fire. But they do happen – even to those who aren’t in areas prone to wildfires. Are you confident that your roof is doing its part to protect your home? This is something you should consider when choosing a roofing material. So, when it comes to fire resistance, what’s your best option?
Metal is Best. Hands Down.
With traditional roofing materials, your home is only as fire resistant as nearby houses. There are so many stories of house fires spreading to neighbors’ homes due to blowing embers. Complete neighborhoods have been decimated by flames where the primary roofing material was wood.
Moral of the story: don’t get a wooden roof! But this goes for more traditional roofs as well. With the danger of wind-blown embers, fire resistant roofing options do exist. Metal roofing being prime among them. In fact, it is one of the very few roofing materials that is truly fire resistant.
Shingles may be altered or treated to increase their fire resistance during installation. But as these roofs dry out, they become more and more vulnerable. It only takes one ember from a nearby fire – be it another house, or even lightning – and the roof is engulfed in flames!
Fire Resistance of Metal Roofs
Most steel roofing systems also have a Class A fire rating! And in the case of an interior fire, the lightweight nature of metal plays a powerful role, making It much less likely to cave in. As we’ve covered in previous blog posts, a metal roof is extremely long lasting, highly durable, and reflective of the elements. Now, add the safety of your property and the occupants therein to the list of benefits!