From time to time, wildfires grab the headlines. Such fires raze down homes and injure many people, leaving large swathes of land bare and causing billions of dollars in damages to property. You can avoid becoming one of 1.6 million callers seeking the intervention of fire departments by learning about Class A materials and how they can protect your home.
Whether you’re building a new home or renovating, it’s important to understand the fire ratings.
What’s Fire Resistance?
Fire resistance is a property that enables materials to prevent or retard the transfer of flames, hot gasses, and heat from a fire. If you intend to build or renovate a house, it’s good to factor in the fire resistance ability of the various materials and elements the builder is going to use.
Class A Fire Rating
Class A is the highest standard assigned to building or insulation materials. When it comes to a flame-spreading rating, these materials lie between 0 and 25. Such materials are fireproof and typically have a lower flame spread than say Class B or C. Because they provide the greatest fire resistance, these materials are effective against different types of fires caused by combustible materials like paper, plastic, or clothing.
All building materials have a fire-resistance rating, which indicates how long they can hold out against a fire. Ratings are determined by measuring the capability of a material or element to withstand a fire. But that’s not the only criteria for measurement. Besides using well-defined criteria, structural engineers can also determine fire-resistance ratings by assessing the design of elements or materials, design documentation, and comparative ratings of building elements and their designs.
Local Building Codes
Local codes do require that homeowners in Denver, CO, adhere to the same levels of safety no matter what materials they use. Structures have to be designed to meet rigorous performance standards and incorporate both passive and active fire safety features. Combustible materials are prohibited in concealed spaces. Homeowners can also create partitions for combustible piping. Consult your home inspector to find out what other measures you need to take to enhance fire protection in your home.
Whether you’re building a simple family home or a condo, it’s advisable that you use fire-resistant techniques and materials with Class A ratings, as they’re not combustible.
Roofing: Different roofing materials have different fire ratings. You can fireproof your home using asphalt, concrete, fiberglass shingles, or clay tiles. Sometimes, builders will insert products like rubber, aluminum, or non-combustible wood shakes between the roof covering and its sheathing.
Walls: Fire resistance is also crucial when deciding on room sizes or raising interior walls. Make sure the builder erects fire-resistant and smoke-proof walls. These walls start from the foundation and rise to the roof, stopping the spread of fire. They will remain structurally sound even when there’s a fire breakout that causes your structure to collapse.
Below-the-grade areas: Your foundation and basement or crawl space also require some insulation on their interior walls.
Protecting Your Home
Fire remains a threat to many homes. Local codes across the country stipulate how homeowners should protect their properties. Often, homeowners are required to install and service fire protection systems.
Insulating your basement or crawl space with a fire-resistant material is the first step towards creating a cool, comfortable, and pleasant interior. Some insulators have heat retention, waterproofing, and fire protection properties. These are the ones you should go for. We use ExTremeBloc™, one of the best and longest-lasting insulation materials in the market.
Aside from insulating your home, make use of passive fire protection that stops the fire at the starting point. Open spaces and fireproof walls and floors can help contain fire and slow down its spread around your home.
Would you like to protect your home against water and fire? Get in touch with the experts at Complete Basement Systems and find how they can insulate your home.