Asphalt shingle is among the most widely used residential roofing material in the country. Given the availability of the raw materials used in its production, it is also one of the most affordable roofing materials in the market.
Another reason for the popularity of the asphalt shingle is its fire-resistance capabilities. Modern fiberglass shingles have been proven to resist fires for a long period of time. However, not all asphalt shingles are rated fire-resistant.
Asphalt shingles come in different fire-resistant ratings. These types of ratings are provided according to how the material reacts to fire, sparks, and extreme heat. The accepted standards for fire resistance are set by Underwriter Laboratories. It has three fire-resistance categories:
- Class-A – A roofing material with this ranking implies that the material can sustain intense exposure to fire. All fiberglass mat shingles fall under this category.
- Class-B – An asphalt shingle with this rating does not last as long when exposed to fire from external sources. This can include embers or sparks.
- Class-C – Materials with a Class-C rating can barely hold out against low exposure to fire. Wood shakes normally fall under this category.
Ask your roofer to use a roofing material with a class-A fire resistance rating. In most cases, insurance providers offer rebates for residences with fire-resistant roof covering materials. Aside from the savings, having a fire-resistant roof is all about having the peace of mind that you and your family are protected.
Fire resistant asphalt shingles can only be truly effective when installed according to manufacturer specifications. This means you have to rely on your roofer to make sure that your fire-resistant asphalt shingle is indeed, fire resistant.
All-Tex Home Improvement Services specializes in repairing and roofing Houston homes with asphalt shingles. Our affiliation with top roof manufacturing brands allows us to stay ahead of the industry in terms of roofing technology. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment and a free on-site assessment.