As the Metro areas number one siding contractor and siding expert, we get asked a lot about fire-proof siding. Especially after the Marshal fire, this has become one of the most frequently asked questions to our team. Fire-proof is a tricky word since even metal will melt at high enough temperatures. However, we explore the three sidings that will keep your Louisville or Layfette home protected should another brush fire in the area threaten homes again.
Metal Siding Is Nearly Fireproof
Aluminum and steel sidings are the closest to fireproof of all the siding choices. They also have benefits like standing up to wind, rain, and hail. Nearly any metal siding will have a noncombustible rating. This means it has been safety tested and proven not to ignite and spread fires. If fire is a major concern of yours, like it may be in Louisville and Layfette, Colorado–this is a great choice of material to put on your home.
Brick and Stone are Fire-Resistant
Veneers like brick and stone applied over wooden frames definitely lower the risk of fire taking hold of your home. Some evidence even points to veneers being more fireproof than actual brick because it does not have real caulked seams. Actual brick construction lowers the risk too. However, the caulking in between the bricks could conceivable allow flames to enter into the cavity of your homes and ignite the more combustible materials in your walls.
James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding Resists Fire
James Hardie fiber cement, a mixture of cement, sand, and wood fibers, has very high fire resistance. In fact, it carries a Class A fire rating, which means it can withstand several hours of heat before melting. This also means it is slows fires and won’t spread them
If you need more information on fireproof siding options—reach out to us. We are Colorado’s leading siding company, and we can install any siding you choose to protect against wildfires here in Colorado.