It's Fire Prevention Week - How Important Is a Strong Fire Rating for a Roof?

Cedar Shake AlternativeOctober 7 - 13, 2012 is National Fire Prevention week. One of the most important things you can do is have a fire escape plan that will help you and your family escape a house fire safely and quickly. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that you have planned 2 ways out of your home in the event of a fire, and more importantly, practice your escape plan as a family. 

Another way you can help insure that your family has time to escape a house fire is by looking at your roof and the fire rating of the materials used on your roof. The importance of using fire-resistant roofing materials has been demonstrated time and time again for as long as people have been living in houses. The dangers and devastation associated with house fires has been one of the major factors in the evolution of roofing materials. For example, once people discovered that they could use slate and clay tiles instead of grass or wooden shingles to cover their home, many switched to the new product because it was much more resistant to fire. Laws were passed in many European and North American cities that called for fire resistant materials on roofs because several towns and cities had already experienced terrible, tragic fires.

Fire resistant materials and building codes have helped to lower the incidence of house fires, but the threat hasn't gone away. The stronger the fire rating that building materials have the better, and especially so for the roof. If a fire starts on a roof, it's more likely to spread and grow due to increased air flow, so it's worth investing in roofing materials with high fire ratings like our fake slate and shake. Engineered for durability and fire resistance, our polymer roof tiles have earned the highest fire rating possible (a Class A fire rating) when used with proper underlayments.

For more information on National Fire Prevention Week and creating your own escape plan, please visit the NFPA website.

To learn more about how DaVinci Roofscapes products can protect your home, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.


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