No matter the building, your roof is one of the most important factors in fire suppression. The right roofing materials can greatly assist in preventing a fire. On the other hand, commercial roofs with the wrong materials can stoke the flame.
At Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc., our experts can offer guidance if you’re concerned about fire risk. Here are some basics on how your roof can help prevent fires.
Avoiding fire-feeding conditions outside the roof is a significant consideration, first and foremost. This includes cutting back overhanging tree branches, keeping tall shrubs and bushes away from the side of the home, and gathering dry leaves to avoid convenient kindling.
If a fire breaks out, certain materials are best for helping fight it. Fiberglass-asphalt shingles are rated against a fire originating, meaning they will hold together under a flame and won’t generate burning embers.
Shingles Fight Fires
While not fireproof, many kinds of shingles are fire resistant. That means they won’t contribute to the spread of a fire. Class-A rated shingles will not break, slide off, crack, or warp during a fire. Under these conditions, you don’t risk exposure of the underlying roof deck, and fire will not spread on the underside of shingles.
Another important factor is indoor insulation in case a fire is able to spread. Fiberglass attic insulation is generally recommended – fiberglass cannot burn, and while paper backing may burn off, the insulation itself will remain intact and prevent the spread of flames. In addition, fiberglass insulation is often available without any paper backing at all, meaning you’ll receive maximum protection.
For more on how your commercial roofing protects from a fire, or to find out about commercial or industrial roof repair, speak to the pros at Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc. today.