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MicroMesh Gutter Guards $10.99 LF Installed
CA LICENSED BONDED & INSURED CONTRACTOR
CSLB # 1074018
FireSafeMarin - Berkeley Fire Department
NORCAL Firescaping Building & Home Hardening provides home owners and property investors Fire-Safe Soffit & Foundation Vent Retrofit for structures by replacing non code conforming structure venting with CA 7a. Fire Code compliant materials designed to arrest the ingress of embers through existing exterior venting.
Stainless Steel Micro Mesh EmberSafe Gutter Guard Installation
Vulcan Vents Ember & Flame Resistant Vent Retrofit
Non Combustable Landscape-to-Structure Fuelbreak
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HOME HARDENING SAFETY STARTS WITH VENTING
WHY VULCAL VENTS? Fine mesh screen stops ember ingress while allowing for adequate airflow when fire isn’t near. When exposed to flames, the fire-resistant coating on the inner honeycomb matrix will expand and effectively fill the space between the cells, creating an effective barrier. Built and tested to be an effective defense against ember storms. The core of the Vulcan fire and ember-resistant vents are manufactured out of corrosion-resistant, high-grade aluminum honeycomb complete with an intumescent coating made by Firefree Coatings. The hexagonal intumescent coating is designed to quickly swell up and close off when exposed to high heat. The expanded material acts as an insulator to heat, fire, and embers.The intumescent coating begins to expand when exposed to radiant heat starting at 350F, then fully expands at 500F at rate of 70 to 1, effectively sealing off the vent and protecting it from the intrusion of firebrand embers and direct flame.
Outside air enters the attic space through soffit or eave vents, rises through the attic space as it warms, and exits through vents that are positioned at or near the top of the roofs ridge or through a power vent with an airflow rate of 1.0 cubic foot per minute per square foot of attic space measured. Embers follow air current and air current flows through openings like eave, soffit and attic ventilation. The installation of ember resistant vents gives homeowners an additional level of defense against wildfire ember ingress without sacrificing adequate attic venting.
VULCAN RETROFIT VENTS
Vulcan Retrofit Vents can be easily installed in existing venting, offering homeowners firesafe defense without compromising adequate ventilation. Attic ventilation serves two main functions: to lower attic temperatures and to remove excess moisture. Lowering the temperature in the attic can help reduce air-conditioning energy costs and roof deck temperature, optimize the service life of a roof covering, and minimize ice damming. Some benefits of removing excess moisture include reducing the possibility for mold and mildew growth and minimizing the potential for wood rot.
FIREWISE GUTTER GUARDS
GutterGlove Stainless Steel Micro Mesh Gutter Guard Installation and Service
GutterGlove Stainless Steel Micro Mesh Gutter Guards are premium low channel gutter guards that prevents your home's gutters from becoming clogged of debris and leaves. The patented design of the GutterGlove guard blocks debris from getting into your gutters while allowing water to easily flows through mesh screen to the gutter downspouts unobstructed. The GutterGlove guard installs under existing roof shingles and fixes to the existing gutters outer edge. Debris collects on the shield screen while water flows to the gutter beneath. Wind will carry large debris off of the mesh screen when dry, eliminating excessive dry debris collection in gutters and mitigating dry fuel build up during the dry months when fire danger is at it peak. This product passed the ASTM E2768 & ASTM E84-19b standard tests for extended duration of surface burning characteristics for building materials.
Installation is usually completed in one day and prices start at $10.99* per linear foot of gutter installed.
*Additional Charges May Apply
NON COMBUSTIBLE DECK-to-STRUCTURE FIRE BREAK
Deck construction is an important part of hardening your home. If you can not build an entire deck with non combustible materials, installing a protective non combustible barrier of metal flashing at a minimum height of 6" above deck level to the existing siding and a protective barrier of metal flashing extending 6" below deck level attaching to the existing deck ledger board will provide an additional line of structure defense. Having a metal barrier and non combustible first run of decking in place provides an adequate fire break between two combustible structures. We use TimberTech AZEK Composite Decking, the only composite deck material with a Class A Fire Rating
FACTS ABOUT WILDFIRES IN CALIFORNIA
With the ever changing climate creating longer, hotter and drier fire seasons, California homeowners face real challenges when thinking about what wildfire mitigation and home hardening steps to take for their property.
Things to know:
Fire needs only three ingredients to flourish: Heat, Wind and Fuel. Three things California has no shortage of. Add and ignition point, either man made or natural, and you have wildfire season in California.
A structures chances of surviving a wildfire hinge on 6 factors:
Adequately Defined Defensible Space Zones and proper Home Hardening measures give a home the greatest chance of survival.
Outlying Areas: How clear of ground fuels is the perimeter space of 30'-100' and beyond.
Degree of Slope: Slope plays a role in how a ground fire will spread.
Exposure: How the sun influences a property. The hotter the property is, the more flammable it becomes in dry windy conditions.
Emergency Access: Safe ingress and egress for first responders to access and leave your property and fight a fire safely.
Roof Type: Wood Shingle, Shake Shingle and other combustable roof materials often catch fire from embers that are carried by wind.
While adequate defensible space will improve a property's chance of surviving a wildfire, science has proven that using ember resistant venting and non combustible building materials for all exterior applications gives a structure the best chance for survival. This includes non combustable siding, metal roofing, non combustable shingles, non combustable decking, ventilation screens approved to prevent embers from entering roof soffits, attics and crawl spaces, non combustable stainless steel gutter debris guards and more.