When purchasing a new roof, many homeowners focus solely on how well it can protect them from rain, strong winds, and debris.  One area of protection that is often overlooked is fire resistance. Failing to consider fire resistance can even result in choosing a roofing material that can result in a fire hazard. One type of roof that can pose this danger is a green roof that uses grasses instead of succulents. If the grasses are allowed to dry out, they can be set alight very easily.

In contrast, other types of roofs, particularly composite roofs, can be very fire-resistant. Composite roofing shingles are made of multiple materials, which allows you to enjoy the benefits of each type of material, including fire resistance. Consider the following if you are ready to replace your home's roof:

Fire-Resistant Materials

If you own a home, it's important to consider fire resistance when choosing a new roof. This is especially important if you live in an area that is prone to wildfires. Multiple classes of fire-resistant roofing are available. For example, a Class A residential composite roof will provide excellent fire resistance, while Class C residential composite roofs are less fire-resistant but also less expensive.

The cost and resistance level of each type of roofing depends on the materials used to construct the roof. Composite roofs that are highly fire-resistant usually incorporate fiberglass, and roofing materials that include wood will have the wood treated with a flame retardant. Consider your home's location to determine which kind of roofing material is right for your safety and budget.


For a roof to be fire-resistant, it also needs to be durable. During a fire, less-durable roofs can quickly develop holes that will allow the fire to bypass the protective coating on the roof. If a hole has developed before a fire, it will not only provide a route for air and fire to flow through, but it will also create a literal gap in your home's security that can allow moisture and pests inside your home.  

Composite roofs are made to endure and often come with a warranty that can last as long as half a decade. In addition to being fire-resistant, they are impact-resistant. This will allow them to better resist falling debris or items flung by strong winds, which can help your roof hold together during a fire.

An added bonus is that composite roofs also contain additives that are used to prevent the roofing material from fading, which will help your home maintain its curb appeal.

So, if you are considering replacing your roof, don't forget to consider the roof's fire-resistance rating when you choose what material to use. If you have any questions about composite roofing or the other available options, contact a professional roofing company, like Landmark Roofing Inc, near you.