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. Knowing your roof’s ability to withstand fire exposure should be of utmost importance to you, so here’s a quick breakdown:
Class A rating is non-combustible and 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.
Class A rated roofing materials include some asphalt fiberglass composition shingles, concrete or clay tiles, and metal roofs. The most common choice when considering fire-resistant roofing is metal. Although metal roofs are more costly than some other options, the many benefits and durability make this option a no-brainer. The type of roof you choose is the easiest decision you can make in reducing your house’s risk of catching on fire.
Published September 7, 2011.
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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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