Building codes were originally created to protect a building from fires started indoors (short circuits, people`s negligence etc.), but we are now well-aware there are also exterior dangers. Wildfires are driven by the wind and they attack buildings from the exterior, reaching peak temperatures very quickly. They are an incredibly destructive force, but with the Class-A fire-resistant materials that are available today, you can design your house to protect itself and resist to such massive dangers.

Protecting the roof is the most important step and one of the best choices that you can make is installing a metal roof.

Types of metal roofing material include steel (galvanized, galvalume, weathering), zinc, aluminum, copper and tin. Each of these metals present particular advantages when it comes to performance and aspect, but they are all safe and constitute an environmentally responsible choice for your home.

In terms of fire-resistance, metal roofing systems are eligible for Class A, B or C, depending on the materials beneath surface (for example, if a metal roof – which is non-combustible – is installed over wood shingles or other combustible material, it will be rated lower than Class A).

A metal roof should be installed by Santa Clara roofing 2009RCMagazineinstallation specialists, in order to ensure its full protective attributes.