Portola Valley/Woodside: Should shake roofs be banned?
Original post made on Jan 28, 2014
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on Jan 28, 2014 at 12:00 pm
The article itself is inflammatory. Fire retardant roofs are not significantly more expensive. I can say that because I just replaced a roof, after getting several estimates for different types of materials.
Fire resistant roofs should be required in new construction and remodels.
on Jan 28, 2014 at 12:22 pm
Yes they should be banned on all new construction permits issued in San Mateo County. These two communities are in an extremely dry environment. If a house fire breaks out, depending on its local, it could be a fire storm. Tops of trees could "Blow up" sending fire balls on to roofs of neigbors. If the neigbor's roof is shake, watering it down will not save it.
on Jan 28, 2014 at 12:52 pm
First, there are wood shakes with a Class A fire rating due to the retardant impregnated in them that allow the covering to survive the same fire test as a composition roof covering. Second, when the Red Flag warnings go up, the have not yet included the lower Peninsula due to the perpetual damp forest conditions and marine layer that soaks the coast all Summer.
Worried? Simply install roof top rain bird style sprinklers that can be operated by a ball valve for instant deployment by a home owner or even a neighbor if someone is worried. Slow news day?