Wildfires have been rampantly burning across Texas for the past week. The tropical storms first brought wind, and with the wind came fire. Over one thousand homes in Texas have already been destroyed from the wildfires. Many of the fires are not contained, so it’s predicted that even more homes will be ruined in the upcoming days.
With wind gusts reaching the 60 mph mark, both wind and the spread of fire should be a concern to homeowners. The wind can lift shingles off of your roof, and in the meantime it could be sparking flames on the ground.
Knowing your roof’s ability to withstand fire exposure should be of utmost importance to you.
Class A rating is non-combustible, and so will withstand severe fire exposure without igniting.
Class B rating is given to roof structures that can withstand a moderate amount of fire exposure.
Class C rating is the lowest rating applied to roofing materials, and can only withstand a small amount of fire exposure, but enough to allow those inside to escape.
Metal isn’t combustible, metal roofing is fire-rated as Class A.
Class A rated roofing materials include asphalt fiberglass composition shingles, concrete or clay tiles, and steel or copper roofs. The most common choice when considering fire-resistant roofing is metal. If you’ve been following this blog, you will know that metal roofs are costly in the short-term, but pay off in the long run. The Associated Press noted “in a housing development near Bastrop, Willie Clements’ two-story colonial home was reduced to a heap of metal roofing and ash.” It’s not surprising that his roof survived when nothing else did. If it had been a flat asphalt shingle roof or a wood shake roof, that too would have added to the pile of ash. The type of roof you choose is the easiest decision you can make in reducing your house’s risk of fire.
Published September 7, 2011.
UL Online Services Directory. TGFU.R25244 Roofing+Systems. UL, 30 Mar. 2011. Web. 05 July 2011. www.database.ul.com.
Vertuno, Jim. “Crews Make Gains against Raging Blaze near Austin.” News from The Associated Press. Associated Press, 07 Sept. 2011. Web. 07 Sept. 2011. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TEXAS_WILDFIRES?SITE=NYMID.
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