Asphalt shingles are a common type of roofing material used on homes, but you might wonder about their safety if a fire occurs. Are these roof shingles flammable? Having a fire-resistant roof helps protect your home from widespread damage, so it’s essential to learn more about fire ratings for asphalt shingles.
Asphalt roof shingles receive a fire rating based on how well they can resist fire. These ratings come from testing done on asphalt shingles, which shows how well they withstand direct flames. Fire ratings for shingles include Class A, Class B, and Class C.
- Class A shingles are considered fully fire-resistant. These shingles can withstand exposure to direct flames without catching on fire.
- Class B shingles are considered mostly fire-resistant. While these shingles have some resistance to fire, they can ignite if exposed to extreme heat for prolonged periods.
- Class C shingles have light fire resistance. These shingles might not catch fire easily, but they are likely to ignite eventually during a house fire.
Keep in mind that fire ratings for asphalt shingles can vary by brand. GAF asphalt shingles provide optimal protection from fires and have a Class A fire rating. When you have these shingles installed on your roof, there is a very low risk of having them ignite during a house fire.
Preventing Shingle Fires
While a Class A fire rating helps protect your roof from flames, there is still a slight risk of your shingles catching on fire. You can lower this risk by ensuring there are no flammable materials, such as bird nests, on your shingles. You should have roof inspections and maintenance done to ensure you don’t have damage to or flammable materials on your shingles.
You can also reduce the risk of having your roof catch on fire by removing debris in your gutters. Leaves, twigs, and other flammable debris can ignite and spread to areas next to or under your roof. Clearing your gutters at least twice a year helps prevent this from happening.
If you need new asphalt shingles on your North Port home’s roof, please contact Mark Kaufman Roofing today. Our professional roofers can install your new roof using high-quality GAF asphalt shingles with reliable fire resistance for your safety.