Fire Resistant Roofs

Recent wild fires in California and elsewhere increase our awareness of the importance of safety considerations in home building and property protection.

"The most effective thing to consider (in fire prevention)
is the roof aspect..."

- Max A. Moritz, a fire ecologist at the University of California
at Berkeley on NPR’s All Things Considered, October 29, 2007
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While in a firestorm, the home may catch fire in a variety of ways, protecting the roof from fire is just one key. Fire resistant sidewalls, not having shrubbery and even grass up near the house, keeping the area around the house cleared of wood and brush debris and many other preventative measures are important components to keeping your property safe. However, the number one investment you can make for your dwelling is to protect the roof from fire.

Fire, Your Home, and Common Roofing Materials

house fire

Though very popular, wooden roofs do not adequately protect your home from fire. In fact, homeowners with wooden roofing pay an extra high insurance premium.

The idea of fire safe roofing is nothing new. Tile products, which are often used, are fire safe but have a significant disadvantage: the heavy tile products carry a large cave-in risk in the event of an interior fire or even seismic activity. Firefighters are trained not to go into a tile-roofed building that is on fire, because of the risk of cave-in of the heavy roof.

Metal is a Safe and Environmentally Responsible Choice for a Fire Resistant Roof

Classic Metal Roofing Systems, the leader in producing fire safe roofing for residential applications, manufactures products that are 1/20 the weight of most tile products and eligible for Class A, B, or C fire ratings as determined by roof preparation. In addition to being fire resistant, Classic Metal Roofing Systems products carry the added advantage of being made from 95% recycled materials. When used for a replacement roof, Classic's stylish products can often be installed right over old roofing...saving the accumulation of debris in landfills.

You can learn more about fire resistant practices by listening to this story from National Public Radio.

Fire-Safe Roofing Choices...

  • Country Manor Shake
    Country Manor Shake

    Eligible for Class A, B, or C fire ratings
    12 color choices
    Limited Lifetime Warranty

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  • Rustic Shingle
    Rustic Shingle

    Eligible for Class A, B, or C fire ratings
    12 color choices
    Limited Lifetime Warranty

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  • GrandeTile
    GrandeTile

    Eligible for Class A, B, or C fire ratings
    8 color choices
    Limited Lifetime Warranty

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  • Slate Rock Oxford Shingle
    Slate Rock Oxford

    Eligible for Class A, B, or C fire ratings
    4 color choices
    Limited Lifetime Warranty

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  • Oxford Shingle
    Oxford Shingle

    Eligible for Class A, B, or C fire ratings
    15 color choices
    Limited Lifetime Warranty

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  • ClickLock - traditional standing seam
    ClickLock Premium Standing Seam

    Eligible for Class A, B, or C fire ratings
    8 color choices
    Limited Lifetime Warranty

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Fire Ratings

The most widely accepted standards for fire resistance in building materials are those of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. This non-profit organization founded in 1894 devotes to testing and to establishing of fire safety standards. The ratings are as follows:

  • Class "A": The highest fire-resistance rating for roofing as per ASTM E-108. Indicates roofing is able to withstand severe exposure to fire originating from sources outside the building.
  • Class "B": Fire-resistance rating that indicates roofing materials are able to withstand moderate exposure to fire originating from sources outside the building.
  • Class "C": Fire-resistance rating that indicates roofing materials are able to withstand light exposure to fire originating from sources outside the building.
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