Metal Myth: Metal Roofing is Fireproof
Metal roofs are often perceived as being fireproof. A residential or commercial building owner may believe that once the metal roof is installed, and if a fire would ever occur, that their roof would come out completely intact. So, is it true? Are metal roofs fireproof?
The Truth: Fire Resistant NOT Fireproof
While metal roofs do provide exceptional protection against fires, they are not 100% fireproof. Metal roofs are actually fire-resistant, but only up to a certain degree. There are different Class Systems that rate different types of roofing materials and how fire-resistant they are.
Most metal roofing is considered to be Assembly-Rated Class A, meaning the covering and underlying materials provide additional fire protection. This makes metal roofs one of the most fire-resistant options on the market for roofing materials. However, this does not mean that the roof is completely, 100% fireproof. A metal roof will undergo damage from a fire depending on how long and how hot the fire burns.
When to Consider Metal Roofing for Fire Resistance
Of course, all homeowners want to take as much precaution as possible against disasters like fire. However, there are some regions of the country that are more fire-prone than others. If you live in a fire-prone area, you may want to consider installing a metal roof in order to better protect your home.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, the following areas of the United States are at High-to-Extreme Wildfire Risk: California, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, Washington, Oklahoma, Oregon, Montana, and Utah. Montana has the highest percent of properties at risk with 29%, followed by Idaho at 26%. If you live in one of these states, or any state that also faces the threat of wildfires, you may want to consider installing a metal roof.
Other Benefits of Metal Roofing
Not only is metal one of the most fire-resistant materials on the market, but it also comes with a long list of other benefits. For example, metal’s lifetime expectancy is much higher than other materials. You can expect your metal roof to last between 40 and 70 years, while traditional shingles may only last between 10 and 20 years. Metal roofs are also extremely durable, making them a great choice for all types of environments, including those that face high-speed winds or frequent hail.
Another benefit of metal roofing is its energy efficiency and sustainability. Due to its reflective qualities, homeowners can actually save between 10-25% on their annual heating and cooling costs. Metal roofs are also ideal for those looking to become more eco-friendly since they can easily support the weight of solar panels, make optimal rainwater collection systems, and are 100% recyclable. With all of the benefits of metal roofing combined with the variety of panels and colors available, you can’t go wrong with a metal roof.
If you’re interested in getting a quote for your roof, get in touch with a Product Specialist today. We’ll help you determine which of our metal panels is best for your home and its environment. Then, we’ll help you choose the right gauge and color/finish you need to complete your project. Or, simply fill out our Get a Quote form to get started.