by Kathy Ziprik, Staff Writer
Drought conditions are spreading to many states. So, what's that got to do with your building practices? Everything.
When it comes to the roofing product you select for your homes, these days it's a smart move to research and consider roofing that resists flame spread. While real cedar shakes may go up like dried kindling in some areas, many other roofing types aren't much better.
Don't think it will never happen to a home you're building. All it takes is a dropped cigarette and some wind... or a fast lightning strike... and an ember could reach a roof. From there, flames can spread quickly. That's why it's important to research options for flame-resistant roofing. When you do that research, you'll discover that synthetic slate and shake shingles top the list of Class A Fire Rated roofing options.
Choosing an "A" rated roofing product that's installed with the proper underlayments can make all the difference when it comes to flame spread. Composite roofing products, like those from DaVinci Roofscapes, meet the Class A Fire Rating requirements in the ASTME E 108 fire test, and they also meet the following criteria:
Choosing to install synthetic slate or shake tiles on your projects is smart for more than just their resistance to flame spread. All DaVinci roofing products:
- are Class 4 impact rated
- have the highest ratings for straight line wind testing at 110 mph
- passed the TAS-125 certification test for wind uplift resistance in High Velocity Hurricane Zones
- passed the TAS-100 certification test for wind driven rain
Before you select your next roof, play it safe—for you and your clients. Research flame-resistant polymer roofing that has a host of other benefits and invest in a home-saving roof!