The year 2017 saw some high profile residential fires in London and New York City that claimed numerous lives. It also saw the most destructive wildfire season in California state history, with over 9000 identified fires burning more than a million acres and causing more than $13 billion in damage to property.
Despite all this, even if you have homeowners insurance, you might not have been entirely covered or missed out on compensation for your losses. According to Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, they are working with clients and “advising them on dealing with issues surrounding the process of rebuilding or relocating, depending upon their needs.”
Devastating fires cause a lot of heartache and loss, not to mention create fear and anxiety that it could happen again at any moment.
On the back of these events, the knowledge required to build a fire-protected home is as essential to homeowners and designers as it’s ever been; this article will cover critical steps to take in the construction of a fire-protected house.
Utilize stucco cement in construction
In addition to being durable and weather-resistance, stucco is also an excellent fire-resistant material. Usability over brick and wood, and on walls and roof tiles, make the plaster a versatile choice for those looking for a building material that offers protection from a conflagration.
Use wood as little as possible in building
As wood is famously highly flammable, it might be prudent to use other materials in the construction of floors, patios, walls, and fences. If the wood is indeed used, it should be treated with fire retardant.
Remember to protect your windows
As it turns out, even windows can be fortified against fire. Instead of regular single glazed windows that can shatter in high heat, use double glazed or triple glazed windows, which utilize multiple panes of glass in one window and provide better insulation, reducing the transfer of heat across a building.
Invest in sprinkler and fire detection systems
The installation of both smoke detectors and sprinkler systems would go a long way towards creating a fire-protected home. With recent research showing that homes with automatic sprinklers saw 80% fewer fatalities during a fire than homes without, this would prove a very sensible investment.
Use non flammable materials for roofing
In addition to making sure the eaves of the housing interlock tightly, coating roofing tiles in nonflammable and flame-resistant materials like clay, slate or metal would significantly reduce the chance of burning embers entering the structure and causing damage.
The causes of fire in the United States range from arson to natural circumstances to unintentional actions. In rendering one’s residence a fire-protected home, one ensures that regardless of the cause, one’s home and family is protected and given a higher chance of survival.