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Tile Roofing Can Keep Your Home From Burning

Sep 10, 2008
When considering whether fire is a threat to your home, you just have to look up. Your roof plays a vital role in whether a fire in your area will burn your home to the ground or not. Tile roofing is your best defense.

How many times a year does the news show files consuming neighborhoods? It seems like a few times at least. Once the fires are put out, it is interesting to notice that some homes are standing, but others are practically gone.

So, why is it that some properties are still standing and some are not? In the vast majority of situations, the roof on the home is the determining factor. Just consider the Santa Ana fires that happen in California each year.

It can be easy to assume the primary threat from a fire is when it burns across the ground. With fires that burn communities, this is actually a secondary problem. The fires in California each year are a perfect example.

The problem with big fires is they create an updraft. As hot air from the fire rises, it takes red hot embers with it. They are then taken by the wind and land on roofs up to a mile away. Whether those roofs provide fuel or not is the key question.

While there might be random leaves on the roof, the real fuel issue is the roof itself. Many older roofs are dry wood shingle platforms. If so, the house is going to burn. In contrast, tile roof homes provide no fuel for the ember to burn.

Driving through a burned area after one of these fires is amazing. You can pick out the homes that have tile roofs and those that had wood shingle roofing. How? The tile roof homes are still standing and the wood shingle roof homes are not.

Why does tile do so much better than wood? To answer the question, consider how tile is made. It is essentially a form of mud. Ever seen mud burn? Nope. The worst that tends to happen to tile is it might crack under extreme heat.

The very design of a tile roof also is helpful in stopping fire threats. The key is overlapping. Each tile overlaps the one below it, which means there is no open space for embers to get down into and cause problems.

If fire is a potential threat in your community, you need to seriously consider converting your home to a tile roof. Failure to do so can result in the saddest of situations when you return to a home that is nothing but charred remains.
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Thomas Burrell writes about roof repair for 866FixMyRoof.com - providing guaranteed roofing solutions in Southern California.
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