The Summer of 2020 was devastating for The West Coast. California, Oregon, and Washington have had many active fires that continue to evolve and spread throughout our region. As temperatures reach higher averages and conditions get drier, matters can continue to worsen, increasing the number of disasters we may see throughout the upcoming years. Wildfires thrive in dry conditions, which areas across the country seem to be transitioning to with so many homes at high or extreme wildfire risk. As wildfires spread, we will become familiar with hot temperatures, resulting in persistent droughts. This is why people have to take proactive steps like using safer products to protect homes; fire-resistant siding and trim, fire-resistant plants, and fire-resistant roofing. With the possibility of fires occurring in the Summer of 2021, wildfire protection is essential to protect as many trees, wildlife, and homes as possible.
Wildfire Siding Damage
Wildfire Siding Damage occurs mainly on homes with fiber cement siding. In the best-case scenario, the wildfire siding damage is only on the surface and can just be cleaned up. Homes with wood siding will generally have more wildfire siding damage and possibly structural damage if there is fire intrusion. Wildfire siding damage on homes with vinyl siding usually results in a complete loss of the structure because the heat alone can melt the vinyl siding.
“According to Verisk’s 2019 Wildfire Risk Analysis, 4.5 million, U.S homes were identified at high or extreme risk of wildfire.”