Guest User
7/30/2001
I live in the foothills west of Denver, an area known for many devasting forest fires in the past 15 years. As a way of fire proofing my house, I am considering a standing seam metal roof. I have been told that with a metal roof I would not need to worry about flying embers starting a roof fire. In fact, I was told that with a metal roof, I would not need to worry about wetting an/or foaming the roof in the event of a fire - just to concentrate on the sides of the house. Then a couple of weeks later, I was told by a wild fire authority that metal roofs were not good since hot embers can land on the roof, heat the metal to a point that a fire will break out under the roofing. Who do I believe? I currently have a 25 year old asphalt shingle roof that needs to be replaced within the next year. Does anyone have any suggestions or comments concerning my problem?
Todd Miller
Isaiah Industries, Inc.
7/30/2001
Many metal roofs are suitable for Class A, B, or C fire ratings, depending upon what type of underlayment is used beneath them. Once you choose a metal roof, inquire with the manufacturer as to their fire ratings and prescribed underlayments. These underlayments are designed to not only be fire resistant but also to act as a heat insulator so that the situation of the intense heat causing ignition of wood beneath the metal is unlikely to occur.
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