An average of 1.2 million acres of woodlands (forest) burn in wildfires every year, putting not only the forests (trees) and animals in danger, but the houses in surrounding towns as well. Wildfires are fast, out of control blazes that can move in unpredictable ways, which means that homes located near the foothills of ponderosa and lodgepole forests in Colorado (are at risk) may be in danger. With Colorado’s arid, (redundant) dry climate and (wind-whipped) fire-dependent forests, homeowners need to take steps to protect their homes and belongings in the event of a wildfire. The Colorado State Forest Service recommends that homeowners whose properties are in danger of forest fires take steps to protect themselves. This includes not only creating a defensive area around your home, but reinforcing your home’s structural integrity as well. One way to do this, while preserving the looks and style of your current home is to have fire resistant siding installed.
Homes in the danger zone for wildfires need to be evaluated for their structural ignitability, or how well a home could withstand stray sparks or flames. Structural ignitability is based on several different factors, including the size and shape of your home, the slope of the ground, what type of vegetation you have planted around it, and most importantly your construction materials.
Many stick built homes use traditional building materials such as wood siding in their makeup. Unfortunately, these materials will do little to protect your home in the event of a forest fire making its way nearby. Therefore, to help protect your home from combustibility and ignition, you need to clad it in materials that are fire resistant, such as fiber cement siding.
Fiber cement siding is a unique material that can be produced in a wide range of different styles, shapes, and colors to cover your home. It’s durable, low maintenance, and can last for years with little to no upkeep.
In a recent interview with John Anderson of Severe Weather Roofing in Denver, he mentioned, "Colorado It’s real benefit for those living in the foothills of Colorado forests, however, comes from how it’s made because fiber cement siding is non-combustible. Since fiber cement siding will not burn, it offers more protection than wood or vinyl cladding from stray sparks from nearby fires."
In addition to helping lower your home’s structural ignitability, fiber cement siding is also withstand extremely high windspeeds. Fiber cement siding is also termite and rot resistant and is unaffected by typical freeze/thaw cycles. For this reason, you can rest assured that your siding will last for years without cracking, denting, or chipping. The beauty, durability and longevity of fiber cement siding protects your investment in style. . In an area that can see both hot summers and cold winters, this type of durability is important in helping to maintain the structural integrity of your home.
Looks and Style
There are other low-combustion materials on the market today that provide a Class a fire rating. However, these materials are either expensive (like brick or stucco) or cold and sterile looking. Fiber cement siding allows you to maintain your desired style for your home affordably. Many homes in this region of Colorado utilize rustic and resort styles, as well as some contemporary designs. While many homeowners in the past have chosen to risk the combustibility of wood or vinyl siding to keep a particular style, now it’s possible to get the same looks and styles, while protecting your home at the same time.
Coming in multiple stained or paint colors, and in a variety of textures fiber cement siding fits effortlessly into the place of real wood. You won’t be able to tell the difference from looking at your home, but if a wildfire were to burn nearby, you would be able to gain the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your siding will not ignite or burn.
Get Real Protection from Colorado Wildfires
Wildfires are sometimes a fact of life in the Colorado forest foothills. But the destruction of your home doesn’t have to be. With fiber cement siding, you can maintain your home’s current style, while gaining the protection of a fire resistant siding. With many styles to choose from, you can easily find a fiber cement panel, shingle, or traditional lap siding that will meet your needs. Protect your home by lowering its ignitability with fiber cement siding today.