Unlike in other parts of the country, the danger of fires isn’t an overwhelming concern for Minnesota and Wisconsin homeowners. However, accidents can happen and you may be wondering whether your siding is fire-resistant. Here, we show you the levels of fire resistance among some of the most popular types of siding.
What Are the Most Fire-Resistant Types of Siding For Your Home?
When it comes to fire resistance, steel siding is probably the best bet for your house. It’s a non-combustible material, offering your home a high level of protection against fires. As a bonus, steel siding also tends to be more affordable than other types of fire-resistant siding.
Besides being fireproof, steel siding is known for being durable, long-lasting and gorgeous. It can stand up to most environmental conditions in the Upper Midwest, such as snow, sleet and hail. Plus, steel siding rarely has to be replaced and is very easy to clean, needing little to no maintenance.
Brick & Stone
Brick and stone are fire-resistant materials that offer a high level of durability. They stand up to many environmental elements and are relatively low-maintenance.
Although beautiful, there are some downsides to using brick and stone as siding. They tend to be one of the most expensive siding materials, making them out-of-reach for many homeowners. There’s also the risk of moisture problems down the road if they’re installed improperly, and a larger cost for maintenance and repair.
What About Vinyl & Wood Siding?
Vinyl siding is one of the most popular siding materials for homes. It’s cost-efficient and durable, and it’s available in a wide range of stunning design options with almost limitless colors and textures. It also offers lower up-front costs and is affordable to maintain and replace.
While vinyl siding is not 100% fireproof, it’s actually quite fire-resistant. Vinyl siding is made up of polyvinyl chloride, better known as PVC, which has a chlorine base. This makes it naturally flame-retardant and difficult to ignite. Since vinyl has a very low concentration of oxygen, it has a very low flame spread rating. If there’s a fire, vinyl siding makes it easier to extinguish.
If you love the natural look of wood siding, LP® SmartSide® siding offers a more fire-resistant alternative to the wood sidings of the past. Wood is naturally combustible, but LP® SmartSide® siding is engineered wood with a mix of organic materials and resins. This mixture offers a one-hour fire rating, meaning this specially engineered wood can resist fire exposure for one hour.
Find the Best Protective Siding for You
We know you would do anything to protect your loved ones from potential hazards. At C&T Siding & Windows, we’ve helped homeowners find durable, protective and aesthetically pleasing siding for over 40 years. To learn about your siding options, schedule a free consultation by calling us at 651-483-6146 or send us a message.