Are Fire Resistant Roofing Materials Really Worth it in Asheville?

Many homeowners might wonder if fire resistant roofing materials are worth it. What many don’t realize is that all roofing materials are classified with a fire resistant rating by a number of organizations. These organizations include the Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the International Code Council (ICC), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The fire ratings are as follows:

  • Class A
  • Class B
  • Class C
  • Unrated

Class A roofing is the most fire-resistant and offers the best protection for your home. Fire Resistant Roofing Materials rated Class A include clay tiles, concrete tiles, Asphalt Glass fiber composition shingles, and slate. These are roofing materials that obtain a Class A safety rating based solely upon the roofing materials themselves.

Some roofing materials are Class A classified as an assembly-rated roof covering, which requires a fire barrier material laid underneath the roofing material in order to achieve the highest level of fire resistance. These roofing materials include aluminum or other metal roofs, recycled rubber/composite plastic materials, and fire-retardant treated wood shakes, such as cedar.

If you live in an area prone to wildfires, most experts will recommend installing a fire-resistant roof using Class A roofing materials. While fire-resistant roofing materials do cost more, they are worth the investment for the value of protecting your most valuable possession – your home. Contact Southern Star Roofing today to go over all of your options.

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