Trial by Fire, How Would Your Roof Do?
Fire may not be the first thing on the mind of most shoppers considering various roofing materials, but it’s an issue that all manufacturers must consider. Fire-retardant materials can play a crucial role in both preventing fires and limiting their damage. Two major agencies – Factory Mutual (FM) Global Research and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) – rigorously test complete roof assemblies, not only for weather and wind resistance but also for their ability to withstand and even prevent fires. The testing process is comprehensive and exposes roofing systems to incredibly challenging environments and threats. These testing agencies help save property – and lives. Meeting their standards is a mark of a quality roofing system.
Proper fire certification is critical if you want your roof to be safe, protective and long-lasting. But certification can also have an impact on insurability and insurance rates. FM-insured buildings, for example, must meet FM roofing standards. Many building envelope and roofing professionals, designers, contractors, and architects rely on FM’s complimentary RoofNav tool, which provides up-to-date information on FM-approved materials and installation recommendations. Similarly, UL provides an array of certifications for roof covering materials, ranking them under Class A, Class B or Class C. Many insurers either require or strongly prefer Class A systems.
A great roof protects in every way possible. The rigorous testing roofing systems face allows you to trust their ability to perform and protect the valuable assets and priceless lives you’re entrusting to them. Contact Dean Brown to learn more about roof testing, systems and how to ensure your building is getting optimal coverage.
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