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Roofing Materials Impact Fire Safety

How do roofing materials impact your safety? Whether you're over 50 or under 30, you probably remember being taught about fire safety in school. What was most important was to "stop, drop, and roll." When you're shopping for a new roof, however, you want to shop, drop cash, and roll out the product. Of course, you also often want a product that is designed to fight fire. Many roofing types are specifically designed to combat fire, while others are not.

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Certain Roofing Materials Retard Fire

Some of the best fire fighting roofing materials are those that do not include wood. For instance, slate and metal are both great choices when looking for a fire resistant material. Tile roofs also resist fire, and asphalt roofs are fitted with a fire grading. Some asphalt shingles better than others. Choosing a roofing material from this list will help keep your home from going up in flames.

Certain Roofing Materials do not Retard Fire

Probably the least fire resistant of all of the roofing materials is wood. Wood and thatch tend to encourage the spread of fire. Although some people still purchase these roofing materials because of function and appearance, they can be dangerous. In fact, some home insurance policies actually refuse to insure wooden roofs.

Whether or not a roofing material is fire retardant can help you decide how you want to build your roof. Although this should not be the only factor you consider, it is an important one. It is also important that you determine whether all roofing materials are covered under your insurance policy. And, of course, before you buy, make sure there are no building codes against the material you plan to use.