Whether you live in a high risk area for wildfires, or a typical suburban neighborhood, it’s always best to do everything you can to protect your home from the possible destruction fire can cause. Amping up the fire resistant features of your home can protect your biggest investment, and more importantly, save your family’s life.
The 21st century has brought with it loads of new technologies designed to prevent major devastation from fire. Many of the options available are economical and upgrades to fire resistant building materials can even save you money on your homeowner’s insurance policy.
Here are five building materials to consider when building a new home or renovating an existing residence.
First, your windows should be double paned. Double-paned windows can resist the heat of the fire longer before breaking. Keeping additional oxygen away from the flames will help to minimize damage. For an extra level of protection, consider using wired glass or glass blocks. Homeowners should also think about the window framing and make sure that it is reinforced with steel.
Second, the roofing materials should be composed of metal, tile or concrete. These are the most fire-resistant roofing materials on the market and will keep a fire at bay much longer. Roofs are often the first point of contact for flying embers, so this is a must do.
Third, Stucco is an excellent fire-resistant building material. Stucco dates back to the Mesopotamian civilization and there’s a reason for that; it’s a versatile and safe building material. It can be applied as an outer layer to almost any structure, and is attractive in almost any setting.
Last, Type X Gypsum Board or Drywall is an essential building material for your home. It burns very slowly and doesn’t add kindling to the fire. This type of Gypsum Board has a water-based core that goes even further to prevent the spread of fire.
Type X Gypsum Board
You may not be able to stop a fire from happening, but you can do a lot to keep it from spreading throughout your home. Talk to your contractor or builder and make sure that they are using these types of fire resistant building materials to construct your home: