As Wildfires Are Getting More Common - Are Metal Clad Buildings Safer?
In the aftermath of the massive fire that devastated Lytton, few can ignore the rising threat of wildfires in BC. Canada sees more than 8,000 wildfires annually, and this number is steadily rising, especially in the interior of British Columbia.
In the face of this harsh reality of global warming and numerous human accidents, many clients may be wondering how they can ensure their construction projects are safe if worse comes to worst. One of the most effective ways to defend your property from wildfires is by installing metal cladding.
Is Metal Cladding Good Protection Against Wildfires?
Metal cladding or siding is a material that is layered over another as a protective layer on walls. When used correctly, it is an excellent way to ensure a building is as protected as possible from the threat of fires.
Although various materials can be used as cladding, metal is one of the few to receive the highest possible rating for fire resistance (Class A). Because metal naturally resists ignition, a layer of metal cladding over the rest of an exterior wall means that the walls become virtually fire-proof.
Is Metal Cladding Worth Installing?
If you live in an area of Canada that has been noted as a risk zone for wildfires, you should consider metal cladding to protect your building. However, there are plenty of other benefits that metal cladding offers along with its non-combustible quality. These include its low maintenance cost and unique aesthetic.
Furthermore, one major benefit to consider is the environmental aspect. The spike in wildfires is largely the result of global warming. In our attempt to manage it, we advocate that everyone takes the time to learn from our mistakes and employ the most eco-conscious materials we possibly can. Metal cladding is excellent in this regard. Not only is it made from recycled materials, but it can eventually be recycled and reused again. This makes its overall carbon footprint is much lower than other alternatives.
How Do I Install Metal Cladding?
To fully enjoy the fire-resistant benefits of metal cladding, it is important to employ experienced fabrication professionals. Klassen Building Supplies is a leading supplier in British Columbia, helping to update buildings in Canada to be safer in the face of an uncertain future. We can help you through the entire process.
Since 2004, Klassen Building Supplies has been a leader in sheet metal fabrication, supply, and installation in the Vancouver area. Klassen also does considerable custom metal work.
If you have any questions about this article or any of our sheet metal supplies, please call us at (604) 543-7331 or use the convenient form on our Contact page. Klassen is based in Surrey, BC.