For many homeowners throughout the United States, fires are a serious concern. Even if no one you know has ever experienced a blaze, the idea of losing everything you own to a fire can be scary. Fortunately, however, certain types of siding can greatly reduce the risk of a fire ever damaging your Carolina residence. If you’ve been thinking about having new siding installed, there’s no time like the present to begin researching fire-resistant options.
- Fiber cement siding – Fiber cement siding, produced by the James Hardie company, is perhaps the best choice for homeowners who want to make sure the exteriors of their homes are flame retardant. Fiber cement siding boards are typical “Class A” fire-resistant, which means they can withstand high heat for hours before they begin to melt. If you live in an area of the Carolinas where forest fires are a possibility, fiber cement is a great choice for your house.
- Metal siding – Almost all types of metal siding, including steel and aluminum, are considered non-combustible, which means the boards do not ignite. In addition to being flame retardant, steel and aluminum siding are resistant to a wide variety of weather conditions, including snowstorms, hail, and high winds. Although metal siding is not generally as inexpensive as vinyl boards, it is still one of the more budget-friendly options on the market.
- Brick and stone exteriors – Masonry exteriors, such as brick and stone, also typically do well in fire resistance tests. Brick, as a matter of fact, is considered non-combustible. One of the benefits of having brick or stone on your home’s exterior walls is that wood studs will be covered and, therefore, shouldn’t ignite if a fire does start in your neighborhood.
- Stucco exteriors – Stucco exteriors, which can also be referred to as plaster siding, typically resist flames for one hour before they begin to blaze. This means that homeowners who live in stucco houses generally have ample time for firemen to arrive before their residences start burning beyond repair.
- Vinyl siding – Although vinyl siding is extremely popular throughout the United States, it is not the most flame resistant option available. Vinyl typically tends to begin melting very quickly, which can lead to severe fire damage. It does, however, offer other benefits, such as affordability and overall durability. Talk to your Carolina installation contractor about the best vinyl siding choices if you have questions.
- Wood siding – Because wood is a highly flammable material, wood siding usually performs badly in fire resistance tests. This does not, though, mean that you shouldn’t consider wood for your house or that you should promptly replace your existing wood siding boards. There are certain products that can improve wood’s flame resistance and if you don’t live in a region that is prone to wildfires, your home will probably be okay for years to come.
If you have questions about having new siding of any sort put on your house, contact Hatch Homes at your earliest convenience. Our team enjoys doing all sorts of exterior renovations, including siding repairs and full installations. No matter what you want your Carolina home to look like after your remodeling job is complete, we are here to help you achieve your vision.