Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

3 Kinds of Fire-Resistant Roofing Materials to Talk to Your Roofer About

by Edgar Cruz

If you are going to get a new roof installed and live in a wildfire-prone area, you should talk to the roofing contractor about fire-resistant roofing materials. Anything that you can add to the outside of your house to help slow down a fire when it gets near your house is a good thing. It may not ultimately save your home, but it might mitigate the damage and keep your house safer longer while measures are taken to handle the fire and get it under control. So, what are some of the fire-resistant roofing materials that the roofer might suggest?

1. Fiberglass Based Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are probably the most common type of roofing material. Regular asphalt shingles can be fairly fire-resistant, but for the best resistance, going with something like a fiberglass-based shingle is going to be your best bet, especially when it is put over fire resistant underlayment. Combining the two should give you a Class A fire rating on your roof. 

2. Fiber Cement

This material is made up of a combination of Portland cement and wood. It can also be used as siding. The cement is what makes this material really resistant to fire. You should check with the contractors to see if you need to have a gypsum underlayment under the material. Most kinds of fiber cement roofing materials require them if you want to get the best possible fire resistance from the materials. It only makes sense to make sure that you get the gypsum if you need to have it. 

3. Metal

Another option is to go with something like metal. Sparks and embers can slide right off a metal roof without catching fire because the metal doesn't combust. Just the metal itself can give you a lot of protection because of that fact. But as with the other roofing materials, you want to make sure that you talk to the roofer about getting the right underlayment. Your roof isn't just the top layer of stuff. It also includes all the underlayment. The more things you have on your roof that will resist fire for as long as possible, the better off you will be because the effect will be cumulative. 

If you live in a wildfire-prone area, you want to talk to a roofer about getting a new, fire-resistant roof installed on your house. Not only can it help keep your house from being destroyed, but it can also help keep your home insurance bills down. 


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Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Hi, welcome to my blog. My name is Wendy, and after traveling through many parts of the world as I worked on a degree in anthropology with a minor in architecture, I learned a lot. I saw how people took different approaches to the same issue (putting a roof on their home), but more importantly, I noticed how those approaches were dictated by the climate and culture in the area. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people in North America build roofs that are traditional rather than roofs that are the right fit for the climate. If you are interested in exploring the latter idea, I'm here to help. These posts look at the best way to get a roof that protects you from the elements. Explore, enjoy and send your friends over to my blog. Thanks!