Fire Resistant Fencing
Updated: Nov 9
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. Many areas now require fencing materials to be used that are flame resistant/retardant.
At Valleywide Fence and Deck, 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 ecofriendly.
Is vinyl fencing fireproof?
Vinyl may be a better option than wood for fireproofing, but still isn't ideal. Here's a quick breakdown of various popular fence materials and their fire resistance:
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 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 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.