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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.
Hydro Shield Gutter Guard Installation
Non Combustible Zone Deck Retrofits
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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 addition 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
Hydro Shield Gutter Guard Installation and Service
The HydroShield Gutter Guard is a premium raised long diamond pattern gutter guard that prevents your home's gutters from becoming clogged of debris and leaves. The patented design of the HydroShield Gutter Guard blocks debris from getting into your gutters while allowing water to easily flows through. The FLEX-FIT Gutter Guard installs under existing roof shingles and fixes to existing gutters to create a permeable extension from shingle edge to gutter edge. Debris collects on the shield screen while water flows to the gutter beneath. Wind will carry large debris off of screen when dry, eliminating excessive dry debris collection with gutters.
The SNAP-FIT Gutter Guard clips onto existing gutters and attaches to the gutter below the shingle line for a more hidden look. Both the SNAP-FIT and FLEX-FIT Hydro Shield Gutter Guards are designed with fire proof aluminum rails and stainless steel mesh, designed to capture debris while allowing water to flow freely through the mesh.
NON COMBUSTIBLE ZONE DECK RETROFIT
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. Having a metal barrier and non combustible first run of decking in place provides an adequate fire break between two combustible structures.
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 wildfire mitigation on their property and the properties of their neighbors. A community is only as safe as the least compliant homeowner.
Things to know:
Fire needs only three ingredients to flourish: Heat, Oxygen and Fuel. Three things California has no shortage of.
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'.
Degree of Slope: Slope plays a role in how a ground fire will spread. Fire burns uphill faster, preheating combustable fuels through conduction radiation of heat, which creates a ladder effect that has little chance of stopping, once ignited.
Exposure: How the sun influences a property. The hotter the property is, the more flammable it becomes in dry windy conditions.
Emergency Access: The ability for first responders to assess your property and fight a fire safely determines if it gets saved or not.
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 gutter debris guards and more.