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by Anne K.
on January 18, 2018 at 12:01 PM
Great article. Gave me a few things to think about in my own yard.
by Judy Vickrey
on August 1, 2018 at 10:46 AM
Your talk to our Butte Co. Master Gardeners was fascinating. What do you know about metal roofs?
by Kate Wilkin
on August 1, 2018 at 12:02 PM
I'm glad you enjoyed my recent talk. Metal roofs are tricky ---  
When considering a roof's fire resistance, you need to consider the material, how it is put on a home, and its maintenance. Metal has some strengths and weaknesses when you think through these ideas. Metal roofs are composed of metal, which is fire resistant. Metal roofs often have gaps at the base of the roof and along ridgelines that make perfect homes for birds, small mammals, and insects. When critters make nests in these areas, especially along the roof drip line where the nests are touching the wood decking, this creates a pathway for an ember to ignite the home. You can mitigate this concern with routine maintenance to fill these gaps. With regular maintenance, metal roofs can be part of a fire resistant home.
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