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Fire-Resistant & Fireproof Fencing

Communities all over the United States are addressing the current wildfire climates with legislative changes mandating “defensible zone” measures in the construction of both residential and commercial structures. Some areas may require fire-resistant fencing or fireproof fence materials.

smoke from recent fire by fence

Fire-resistant fences | ColorMax steel privacy fence

At VW Steel, we have been at the forefront of offering the necessary materials to contractors and homeowners alike. Imported from Australia, ColorMax Steel Privacy Fencing is the answer to the defensible zone questions currently facing consumers nationwide.

Made from ColorBond steel using BlueScope technology, ColorMax Steel Privacy Fencing is not only direct flame resistant for up to 30 minutes, but it is also pest and weather resistant, low maintenance, easy to clean and eco-friendly.

comparison between yard protected by fence from fire and other ground

Is my fence fireproof?

Vinyl may be a better option than wood for fireproofing, but still isn't ideal. Here's a quick breakdown of several popular fence materials and their fire resistance:

  • Metal Fences

Metal fencing is, of course, one of the best options. It depends on the type, though. For example, if you get an ornamental fence with gaps all over it, fire gets through easily. There are many types of metal fences, but we prefer ColorMax steel privacy fencing. It has a long history and great fire resistance.

Advantages: Metal fences are among the most fire resistant options, and are more good looking and easy to install than concrete or stone.

Disadvantages: The initial cost of metal fencing may be higher than wood or vinyl.

  • Composite Fences (Wood-Plastic Composites)

Composite fences vary in their fire resistance depending on the specific materials. Generally, they are more fire-resistant than wood.

Advantages: They don't readily catch fire and may have fire-retardant additives. They also mimic the appearance of wood without being as flammable.

Disadvantages: Composite materials can still melt or warp under high heat, and their fire resistance can depend on the specific composition.

  • Vinyl Fences

Vinyl fences have moderate fire resistance. They are less likely to ignite compared to wood but can melt when exposed to high temperatures.

Advantages: Vinyl fences are less flammable than wood and won't contribute to fire spread.

Disadvantages: They can melt or deform when exposed to extreme heat.

  • Wood Fences

Wood fences are among the least fire-resistant options. They can, of course, catch fire easily and contribute to fire spread.

Advantages: Wood fences can be aesthetically pleasing when cared for properly.

Disadvantages: Wood fences are prone to ignition, and their flammability can vary based on wood type and treatment.

What are my options for fire resistant fencing? Metal, concrete, and stone fencing are among your best options for fire resistance. If you're interested in purchasing either materials or installation for Colormax steel privacy fencing, let's get in touch.

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