Fire-Resistant Siding Options
Most of us prefer not to think of our homes as fuel for fires, but with the recent uptick in wildfires in California, responsible builders and homeowners must take fire safety into consideration. While you can’t make your home impenetrable to fire, you can invest in materials that make it as fire-resistant as possible. This starts with the siding on the exterior walls.
FEMA stresses that fire-resistant siding is crucial to prevent wildfire-related damage to a home. Some types of siding simply tolerate heat better than others. Peninsula Siding Company offers two excellent siding products to help protect your home from wildfires.
Fire-Resistant Fiber Cement Siding
Among their many benefits, James Hardie® fiber cement siding and trim are non-combustible and a safer alternative than wood or vinyl siding. That’s because fiber cement is made from Portland cement, silica (sand), water and cellulose fiber. Silica is naturally fire-resistant and contributes to the durability and moisture resistance of James Hardie products.
James Hardie fiber cement has been tested by multiple IAS Certified Laboratories to ASTM International standards. In addition to being non-combustible, James Hardie siding also has a flame spread index of zero and a smoke developed index of < 5. It adds a critical extra layer of protection to your home that resists flames and gives first responders time to act in the event of an emergency.
Durable Engineered Wood Siding
LP® SmartSide® engineered wood siding is one of the most durable siding solutions available. It consists of a mix of wood fibers, adhesive resins, water-resistant waxes and zinc borate. Because LP SmartSide contains organic material, it is more susceptible to fire than fiber cement. However, when used in combination with LP FlameBlock® Fire-Rated® OSB Sheathing, LP SmartSide siding can still meet code requirements for fire resistance.
LP FlameBlock OSB features an ignition-resistant Pyrotite® coating, a listed component in fire-rated interior and exterior wall assemblies. This fire-rated structural sheathing provides a 30-minute Class A flame spread rating, 15-minute thermal barrier protection and a combination of flame spread resistance and burn-through resistance.
Learn More About Fire-Resistant Siding
If you would like to learn more about fire-resistant siding options, please contact Peninsula Siding Company today at (650) 287-4208 or submit our online contact form. One of our staff members will be happy to answer any questions you may have.