It’s wildfire season in Colorado. In recent years, wildfires have grown in prevalence and intensity. As smoke gathers across the Front Range, homeowners explore how best to defend against fire damage.
As Colorado roofing experts, we know the roof is the most vulnerable part of the home during a wildfire. Find the best fire-resistant roof to increase protection for homes located in Wildland-Urban Interface areas, or WUI.
What is the Wildland-Urban Interface Code?
For homes located in areas designated as Wildland-Urban Interface, the WUI building codes are recommended to protect against wildfire risks. Each local government adopts and enforces building codes based on their specific risks and desire to regulate fire mitigation strategies.
WUI Guidelines include various aspects of building and property management:
Structure density and location
Building materials and construction
The WUI building codes include construction recommendations for fire-resistant roofing.
What Are the Recommended Fire-Resistant Roofing Options?
Some types of roofing materials hold up better in a fire than others. For example, wood shake roofing does not protect homes at risk for fire damage. In fact, wood shake roofs can increase the risk of damage.
Consider upgrading to a fire-resistant roofing material to enhance fire safety. Work with a professional roofing company, like SKYYGUARD, skilled in fire-safe installation. The WUI not only recommends specific roofing materials but also includes specific installation guidelines.
Are Asphalt Shingle Roofs Fire-Resistant?
Asphalt shingle roofs are the most common type of roof. They are affordable and last for several decades. However, they do not offer top protection against wildfires. While they may hold up for a short time during a fire, they are not designed or recommended for fire mitigation.
In fact, if you own a home in a WUI area, consider a replacement roof made with Class A fire-rated materials. Upgrading your roof with improved materials and construction techniques adds value and protection. Also, check with your home insurance provider to see if incorporating wildfire mitigation strategies can help lower your insurance premiums.
SKYYGUARD – Colorado’s Choice for Quality and Effective Roofing
SKYYGUARD serves clients in the Denver Metro area with proven roofing technology. We offer roofing services for both residential and commercial properties. We stay up-to-date on the latest trends and technologies for roof construction.
If you live in an area at risk for wildfires, consider installing fire mitigation options. A new roof can offer protection and peace of mind. Contact us today to schedule an estimate or learn more about fire-resistant roofing products.