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Home improvement and wildfire protection plans go hand-in-hand
Wildfire season is something all homeowners in the western U.S. and Canada need to consider as it relates to their home improvement plans. Specifically, incorporating ignition-resistant building materials as part of home renovation plans to help protect homes from wildfires.
FEMA Urges Homeowners in Fire-Prone Areas to Choose Metal Roofing: Class A Fire Rating for Ultimate Protection
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that in fire-prone areas, if a roof is covered with wood or asphalt shingles, homeowners consider replacing it with a fire-resistant material, such as metal.
That’s because metal roofing has a Class A fire rating, the highest available. Class A roofing must be able to withstand flames for up to four hours and meet or exceed testing criteria as outlined by UL 790 (ASTM E 108) Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Roof Coverings.
Metal roofing is not only one of the best roofing materials to protect against wildfire threat, but also offers a host of other benefits for homeowners including being highly water resistant, energy efficient, low maintenance, durable and an overall more sustainable roofing material choice.
Metal Roofing: Your Shield Against Western Wildfires
Homeowners in the western US and Canada must understand the importance a roof plays in threats such as wildfire. Metal roofing has been proven to help protect homes against extreme conditions particular to their region, protecting not only the exterior of a home but it’s interior contents as well.
As the past few years have shown, more areas in the western U.S. and Canada are vulnerable to wildfires than ever before. Flying embers from a wildfire can destroy a home up to a mile away and a roof is one of the most vulnerable areas. Given that wildfire season could start and strike at any time, it’s an ideal time for homeowners to incorporate improvements that will make their home more defensible and wildfire resistant.
Metal Roofing: The Stylish and Resilient Choice for Western Homeowners
“Choosing home improvement products that look great, perform well and are made to last are always top priorities for homeowners,” said Ramey. “Now they also need to consider how to better protect their home against growing regional threats and extreme climate conditions. Thankfully, there are materials like metal roofing available that check all the boxes.”
For homeowners in the western U.S. and Canada, it is important to also realize that metal roofing can help protect their homes against extreme conditions particular to their areas, including dangers like wildfires.