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How metal roofing can protect your home from bushfire

Bushfire safety is a crucial consideration homeowners that live in bushfire-prone areas. And with the vast majority of Victoria classified as bushfire-prone, this is something many home and business owners in Melbourne’s fringes will need to consider.

If you live in fringe areas of Melbourne such as Frankston, you’ll want to do everything you can to reduce your risk of bushfire.

And believe it or not, metal roofing installation and reroofing might be able to help.

Find out more from our Frankston roofing team.

 

How metal roofing installation protects you against bushfire

When building in a bushfire-prone area, you can’t just use the same materials and plans you would when building elsewhere – special materials and techniques are needed.

And that extends to the materials you choose for your roof, too.

That’s because during bushfires, many houses catch alight not because of direct contact with fire, but due to sparks, embers and flammable debris. Think of these as tiny, airborne matches.

Since they’re so small, they often find themselves slipping into gaps in your roof.

The result? A fire.

Metal roofing is more fire-resistant

In addition to COLORBOND’s specially-engineered bushfire-resistance, metal roofing also has in-built protection against bushfires.

This is thanks to the fact that it offers fewer points of entry into your roof for embers and sparks.

Think about tiles – each individual tile has a slight gap underneath it, which might be all that’s needed for a stray spark to get in and set your house ablaze. By contrast, metal roofing is installed in large sheets, eliminating the majority of potential entry points.

Not to mention, metal roofing is also more resistant to flammable moss and plant growth – when was the last time you saw a metal roof covered in green growth?

Both of these attributes make metal roofing a superior choice for fire-prone areas right off the bat.

Sarking provides an extra layer of protection – quite literally

As part of metal roofing installation, your Frankston roofing installation expert will also help you choose and install roof sarking.

This is an additional layer installed directly underneath your roof. In addition to its primary job as an insulator, it can also be used to reduce noise, protect you from moisture buildup and – you guessed it – protect you from fires.

It does this by forming another physical barrier in your roof. On the off-chance that any embers, sparks and flammable debris slip through your sealed roof, they’ll be stopped by the fire-resistant sarking.

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Building Attack Levels (BAL) explained

Buildings in bushfire-prone areas are subject to particularly strict rules and building standards.

Depending on the risk of fire, your roof may have to comply with a range of different standards and material requirements:

Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Roof requirements
BAL-Low
  • No special requirements
  • Ordinary materials and techniques may be used
BAL-12.5, BAL-19 and BAL-29
  • Roof cladding must be non-combustible
  • Openings and gutters must be non-combustible
  • Roof junctions must be sealed
  • Roof must be fully sarked
BAL-40
  • No roof-mounted air conditioners allowed
  • All requirements under BAL-12.5 and BAL-19
BAL-FZ
  • Roof materials must have a fire-resistance level (FRL) of 30/30/30
  • Must comply with AS 1530.8.2
  • All requirements under BAL-40

 

This standard was created in 2009 in the immediate aftermath of the Black Saturday fires – Australia’s deadliest – and outlines strict requirements regarding building materials and their resistance to:

  • Embers and sparks
  • Radiant heat
  • Direct exposure to flame

Do I need to re-roof my home to meet these new standards?

While older homes in bushfire-prone areas aren’t compelled to renovate to meet these new standards, it’s highly recommended.

Not only is it considerably safer, but most insurance companies don’t take very kindly to properties in bushfire-prone areas that aren’t compliant with the current bushfire standards.

And if you live in a suburb that’s close to a bushfire-prone area such as Frankston, that can mean re-roofing.

COLORBOND metal roofing is designed for use in properties in areas rated at BAL-FZ. No matter your risk of fire, a COLORBOND metal roof can help keep your home safe when bushfire season starts.

In addition to its durability and fire-resistant properties, we choose COLORBOND metal roofing because:

  • Minimal maintenance is required
  • It can last you up to 50 years!
  • Available in a range of colours, shades, and patterns
  • Environmentally friendly and recyclable
  • Large sheets are quicker to install than tiles or shingles

When it comes to metal roofing in Frankston, Watermaster Roofing is the team to call

Located on Melbourne’s fringes, Frankston is extremely close to bushfire-prone areas. As such, fire is a real threat that homeowners in the area need to consider.

So it’s no wonder that we get so many calls about metal roofing in Frankston.

Our team of experts specialise in roof installation and re-roofing services.

Whether you’re building a new home or want to improve the safety of an older one, if it involves metal roofing in Frankston, Watermaster Roofing can help.

Give our team of roofing experts a call today on 1300 156 650, or click here to touch base.

Unsure if you live in a bushfire-prone area? Click here to explore the Victorian Government’s map.

2019-09-20T09:20:40+00:00 April 3rd, 2019|Metal roofing|

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