Building Materials – 3rd Priority

  • Roofing materials: Types of Class A fire-rated roofing products offer the best protection. Examples include: Composite shingles, metal, cement tile and clay. Inspect shingles/tiles and replace/repair those that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration. If gaps exist between the roof covering and the roof deck at the eave or ridge, fill the space with a “bird stop” material.
  • Skylights: Remove debris next to and on skylights. Glass is a better option than plastic or fiberglass.
  • Vents: Consider purchasing closure devices for foundation and gable end vents and installing a louver- type dryer vent that stays closed unless the dryer is running. Clean debris from attic vents and install ⅛ inch metal mesh screening. For turbine vents, access the attic and inspect where the vent attaches to the roof and attach ⅛ inch screening to the roof sheathing. Dormer-face vents should be replaced with a low-profile vent. Ridge vents should be rated for high wind/rain exposure.
  • Windows: Multi-paned tempered glass can help reduce the risk of fracture or collapsing in a wildfire.