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Fire Resistant Roofing Materials

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Most of us choose our roofing materials thinking about possible elements that could damage it: rain, snow, hail, and strong winds. Many of us forget about another dangerous thing we should be testing our roofs against – fire.

 

Sure, you are thinking that you live far away from areas susceptible to wildfires, your children are all grown up and no one is bound to play with fire inside your household – in short, it’s very unlikely for you to encounter any cases of fire. But the truth is, anything can happen, and, sometimes, accidents do happen.

 

This is why you should know about the fire resistant capabilities of each of the roof materials commonly used in most houses today to find out which roofing material you should consider using for your own home.

 

Wood shingles and wood shake shingles – Since wood is an extremely flammable material, you can’t really count on it to protect your home from fire. A fire could easily spread once it reaches wooden items such as wood shingles or wood shake shingles. While these wooden roofing materials look gorgeous in your home, they are not the best choice if steering clear of fire is what you are aiming for.

 

Asphalt shingles – Another popular choice for roofs, asphalt shingles can have some fire-resistant properties, depending on the materials used when it was manufactured. Asphalt shingles with fiberglass components are not that easy to catch fire.

 

Clay or concrete tiles – Virtually fire resistant, you can depend on clay or concrete tiles to provide you with peace of mind that it will not be burned. Although, if your home is made of wood, if the structure supporting the roof gets burned, clay or concrete tiles may fall in, especially because of their heavy weight.

 

Metal roof – Of all the roofing materials, a metal roof could give you the best protection against fire because it is extremely resistant to fire.

How to Avoid Common Roofing Errors

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Every day, we commit mistakes we never intended to do – after all, we are humans. However, when it comes to roofing, mistakes — no matter how we didn’t intend them to happen – can be truly costly.

 

Therefore, it’s always better to familiarize yourself with the most common roofing mistakes one may encounter; this way, it might be possible for you to identify the telltale signs if you seem to be doing the wrong things when it comes to roofing.

 

Here are some of the most common roofing errors you should NOT do:

 

Do NOT install or repair the roof yourself. – If you don’t have any particular training on roof construction or installation, it would be a lot better if you steer clear of doing the job yourself. Taking on a big job such as roof installation when you don’t have the necessary skills may just lead to accidents and defective job.

 

Do NOT settle for a verbal agreement. – Even if you think you have met the friendliest, most reliable roofing contractor in the world, do NOT settle for an agreement that is not properly documented. Put everything in writing. If your roofing contractor is truly a reliable one, they would know how important proper documentation is for every job.

 

Do NOT forget to ask about proper insurance. – No matter how safe you think the job would be – always ask about insurance. Accidents sometimes happen and the last thing you want to hear is that you need to pay the hospital bills of a worker who got injured while working on your roof. Make sure that the contractor and every member of his crew are covered by general liabilities insurance as well as workers’ compensation insurance.

 

Do NOT overlay new shingles on old ones. – Some homeowners and contractor simply put new shingles over old ones to save money. This is a risky move that’s even considered as illegal in some locations. The right way to install a new roof is to completely get rid of the old shingles before installing the new ones.

For more information contact Delta Roofing for a free consultation.