Wood Shake Roofing Banned?

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Wood roofs are a major fire concern

Many towns and municipalities across the United States have banned wood shake

Los Angeles first banned untreated wood shingle materials in high fire-risk areas in 1961 after the Bel-Air fire. In 1982, after the Mandeville Canyon fire, the city required use citywide of fire-retardant-treated cedar shingles.

In 1989 Los Angeles was the first city to ban the use of untreated wood shake roofs back in 1989 when the City Council voted to ban wood shake roofing materials following a 12-1 vote.

To get around this, many wood shake shingle manufacturers offered treatments and preservatives that are labeled as “fire retardant”.

However, with advancmenents in technology over the last 20+ years

Wood roofs are a major fire concern and dangerous for homeowners, families, and communities throughout the United States. Regardless of the way they are cut (hand split, tapersawn, heavy shakes) if it is a wood-based roofing material, it is a dangerous fire concern for a home.

The wood shake shingle industry developed wood roofing materials, which are labeled as ‘treated with fire retardant’, to meet increased building code requirements. As fire concern and flammable conditions of un-treated wood became an issue, fire retardant chemicals were applied to help reduce fire risk of wood roofs. As fire resistance of treated and non-treated roofs came into question, some governmental agencies banned the use of wood roofs entirely.

Building codes have been established to protect homes within wildland urban areas from firestorms. Establishments such as Cal Fire and the Wildland Urban Interface help keep citizens aware and informed of the protection that can be taken to ensure proper fire safety. For example, Cal Fire is responsible for providing wildland fire protection and resource management for over 31 million acres throughout California. The objective of these establishments is to protect citizens and properties from fire. Fire resistance ratings have been established for building materials, there are three resistance ratings Class A, Class B, and Class C rated.