Replace Your Roof With A Safer Alternative

Your Collierville home’s roof is a large exposed area, high above the ground, exposed to accidents and acts of nature. Depending on where you live, embers from wildfires are a real possibility. So are:

  • Lightning strikes
  • Fireworks
  • Chimney sparks
  • Bonfire or barbeque embers
  • Sparks from a nearby house fire

We at American Veterans Restoration would like to introduce an option you have of upgrading your original roof with a safer alternative to help prevent fire damage.

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What is a “Fireproof” Roof?

The terms fireproof roof materials and fire resistant materials can be used interchangeably to describe how easily a material burns. All building materials, including those used for roofing, are rated by relative fire resistance through independent safety and certification company Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. UL created standardized categories to describe a material’s flammability based on three characteristics:

  1. How the flame penetrates through the outside roof material and into the underlying attic
  2. How the flames spread over the roof’s surface
  3. The degree that the roof material forms embers

The fireproof ratings are referred to as Class A through Class C from least flammable to most flammable. Homeowners outside of natural areas prone to wildfires rarely consider fire resistance when weighing their re-roofing options. When it is time, research your options, your homeowners regulations, and your budget to find a replacement with maximum safety. 

Fiberglass-based Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are by far the most economical and used on about 80% of homes within the U.S. When the fire resistant shingles are combined with a fiberglass underlayment, the structure becomes even more resistant to fire, earning a Class A rating.

This roof covering is durable and can last several decades requiring little maintenance. Inspect after heavy winds and hail to make sure no shingles blow off; any bare spots make the roof vulnerable to fire and water damage.  

Clay tiles

Clay tiles radiate old world charm and worth. Plus, they have been proven to be one of the safest roof coverings available. Clay inherently resists flames and easily dissipates heat. When properly installed they achieve a Class A fire safety rating.

Though more expensive to install than asphalt, homeowners largely find that clay tiles are still affordable since they can last up to thirty years. 

Metal Roofs

Properly installed, a metal roof should last as long as the house, sealing out water, surviving high winds, and easily shedding snow. Metal is resistant to fire, mildew, insects, and rot. Because metal roof materials are noncombustible, they typically have a Class A fire rating (the most fire-resistant rating). However, part of a roof’s overall classification depends on materials beneath the surface that could ignite in intense heat, too. Most metal roofs applied over a combustible material such as wood shingles have a lower, Class C rating for this reason.

Slate tiles

Slate is very expensive roofing material that can last up to a hundred years. Like clay, it is a natural material and inherently resistant to fire. It’s been used for centuries to line fireplace hearths; when properly installed it achieves a Class A fire rating. 

Slate used for roofing is thicker and heavier than slate floors, this thickness is part of what helps it achieve its Class A rating. It’s not easily chipped or penetrated by air (or fire.) And since it’s heavier than other roofing materials you need to make sure your framing is strong enough to support it.

Pressure-treated Wood Shingles/Shakes

Wood shingles offer unsurpassed style and warmth with a beautiful wood patina. However, that same aging process poses more of a fire risk than other materials.

Achieving good fireproof roof safety depends on how the roof is installed and maintained; a roof that hasn’t been well maintained may be brittle and have empty exposed areas. They also require regular sealing to maintain cedars natural effectiveness against fire. 

Fire and Water Damage in Collierville

Understanding your risk, the basics of fire safety, and the different types of fireproof roof materials will help you protect your home from fire. If your home ever suffers fire damage, American Veterans Restoration is a premier cleaning and restoration company in Collierville. AVR specializes in water, fire and mold restoration.

The mission is to provide easy, common-sense solutions to our clients while offering unique opportunities to American Vets. We understand the heavy burden our clients experience when their property is damaged from natural and accidental situations, and we promise to be there for you when you need us the most.