Wood roofs, used to be a very popular option providing a natural look with a lot of character. Unfortunately wood roofs have become a concern especially in drier areas like Colorado due to the fire hazard they possess. Some areas are taking action to eliminate and prevent future installation of wood roofs, in particular the City of Boulder. Starting in 1994, The City of Boulder began requiring that all wood roofs be replaced by January 1st, 2014.
So, what is a wood roof? – According to the City of Boulder – “Wood roof covering material” means an exterior surface material used as a top covering made of wood. “Wood,” for the purposes of this definition, means any natural or composite material containing at least 50 percent wood by volume.
The cities of Lafayette, Superior, Erie, Lyons, Louisville and Longmont greatly discourage wood roofs, but are still allowing it as a roofing option as long as it meets certain requirements. Cities are not the only ones mandating the replacement of wood roofs; HOA’s are also jumping on board. If you live in an HOA it’s always a good idea to check out neighborhood covenant before moving forward with any roofing or construction project.
When the time comes for you to go roof shopping look for a Class A roofing material as they have the highest fire-resistant rating for roofing according to the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) E-10, indicating roofing is able to withstand severe exposure to fire originating from sources outside the building. There are a lot of options, so do your research and ensure building codes are met during material selection and installation to avoid unnecessary remedial charges.
Contact Roof Worx for more details and wood roof replacement options at (855) 979-7663.