In the past few years, California has been the place of many wildfires. So how can you protect your home? One of the many ways you can start is with fire-resistant roofing material.
How Are Roofing Materials Rated?
The different roofing materials that are available for installation on your home are all evaluated for their fire-resistant capabilities. The rating scale is relatively simple and is rated from A to C. The highest rating, meaning the most fire resistant, is classified as “Class A” and is able to withstand severe fire exposure. This is followed by “Class B,” which is moderate exposure and then “Class C” which is the lowest rating.
Class C Fire-resistant Roofing Material
Obviously, since wildfires and the fire season has become increasingly worse, it is important to note the roofing materials that are the lowest rated. Wood shake, plywood, or particle board roof are the most common roofing types listed as Class C. If you have one of these roofing types you might want to look into replacing the roofing material for a more fire-resistant option. As many people know, wood is fuel for a fire, despite the fact that it is a valuable and reliable roofing material.
Class A Fire-resistant Roofing Material
Yes, I know… I skipped Class B. The reason we skipped it is simply because there are a variety of options that are classified as Class A and they can be affordable and aesthetically pleasing. We wanted you to understand the Class C options so that you may steer clear of those them in the future. Therefore, you might as well choose from the highest rated options.
Metal is an extremely fire-resistant roofing material, regardless of what material the shingles are composed of. The different materials can vary from zinc, copper, steel, galvanized steel, aluminum, and so on. Each metal type has a different melting point, but most fires do not reach such extreme temperatures, making a metal roof one of the best options for fire-resistant roofing material, but can be the more expensive option.
Another comparable option to metal is slate, concrete, or clay tiles. These roofing materials are not only fire-resistant but are long-lasting and eco-friendly.
The most affordable and most common roof in the United States, the composite fiberglass asphalt shingle, is also rated as a Class A roofing material. The reason it is one of the most common roof types is due to its affordability and versatility. There is a wide selection of composite shingles. Companies, like GAF, has been in operation for 150 years and has basically perfected the composite shingle. Many of their options are made to look like different roofing styles. So not only are they fire-resistant and affordable, they are amazing to look at and will increase the curb appeal of your home.
Hopefully, this information will provide you with a few fire-resistant options. We hope this will give you some comfort in knowing you can take preventative action against fires. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to a roofing provider who will be happy to provide you with more information.