Metal Roofs and Fire

Our Advantage, Why a Hy-Grade

Many homeowners wonder how installing a metal roof on their home can affect their safety in case of a fire. The safety rating of the material used for your roof can also have an affect on your home insurance rates. Read below to learn about the benefits a metal roof can provide in case of a fire.

Metal roofs are non-combustible. A metal roof is one of the best options at safeguarding your home from a fire that approaches externally. Unlike other roofing materials such as asphalt shingles, or cedar shakes; should a spark or ember land on your metal roof, it will not ignite. This can help safeguard your home from a fire starting at your nearby neighbours home, or even a wildfire breakout.

neighbourhood after ffire, metal roof home still left standing

The photo above shows a neighbourhood that was destroyed by fire. The home still left standing is covered by non-combustible roofing material. Although it’s not a Hy-Grade Steel Roof, you can see how the roofing material you select for your home can have an impact in case of fire.

A metal roof typically has a Class-A fire rating, the most fire-resistant rating. With this rating it may lower your home insurance premium. It’s a good idea to contact your insurance company before deciding to install a metal roof, to discuss any possible changes to your rates. Many of our customers are pleasantly surprised with a lower home insurance premium after installing a Hy-Grade Steel Roofing System.

In case of a fire that starts inside your home, a metal roof can help contain the fire and minimize structural damage. A metal roof is often more lightweight than other roofing materials like tile and asphalt shingles. If a fire inside the home reaches the attic, a lightweight roof can prevent roof cave-in.

Of course the best way to safeguard your home from a fire is to ensure your home is free from fire hazards to begin with. A house fire can be devastating, despite the roofing material used to protect the home. There are plenty of great prevention tips that can be found online and elsewhere. Here is a great resource: the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs:

A Hy-Grade Roof Before and After Fire

This is a photo of the completed Hy-Grade Steel Roofing System before this home was affected by a house fire:

metal roof before fire

This is the same home post-fire:

metal roof after fire 1

Fortunately, the homeowner was able to escape the building and no one was harmed.

The Hy-Grade Steel Roofing System helped contain the fire that started inside the home. It aided in minimizing structural damage and prevented the fire from spreading to neighbours’ homes.

metal roof after fire 2