In recent years, wildfires have emerged as a formidable threat to residential areas, underscoring the need for advanced roofing solutions. At Benson Contracting, located in Glens Falls, NY, we specialize in providing roofing systems that offer robust protection against these natural disasters.

The Significance of Fire-Resistant Roofing

The Frontline Defense: Your Roof

The roof of a house plays a critical role in defending against wildfires. Fire-resistant roofing acts as a barrier, preventing the spread of flames and embers, thereby safeguarding the property and its occupants.

Material Choices for Enhanced Fire Resistance

Asphalt Shingles: Affordable and Effective

Asphalt shingles are popular due to their cost-effectiveness and durability. We use top-grade asphalt shingles with a Class A fire rating, ensuring maximum resistance against fire.

Metal Roofing: Longevity and Non-Combustibility

Metal roofs are known for their long lifespan, often exceeding 50 years. Their non-combustible nature makes them an ideal choice for areas prone to wildfires.

Clay and Concrete Tiles: Aesthetic and Functional

These materials not only enhance the visual appeal of a home but also provide excellent fire resistance due to their non-combustible properties.

Slate Tiles: The Natural Fireproof Option

Slate tiles are virtually fireproof and offer an impressive combination of longevity and fire resistance, making them a smart investment.

Key Considerations in Roofing Material Selection

When selecting materials for fire-resistant roofing, consider:

  • Fire Rating: Aim for materials with a Class A fire rating for the highest level of fire protection.
  • Installation Quality: Proper installation is crucial. Ensuring no gaps or crevices are left open is key to preventing ember penetration.
  • Maintenance: Regular roof maintenance enhances fire-resistant properties. Clearing debris is essential as it can be a potential fire hazard.

Innovative Roofing Design Techniques

Ember-Resistant Vent Design

Modern roofing systems include vents designed to prevent embers from entering attic spaces, adding an extra layer of protection.

Fire-Resistant Roofing Underlayment

A specialized underlayment acts as an additional barrier against fire, preventing flames from reaching the interior of the home.


Investing in advanced roofing solutions is a proactive step towards protecting homes from wildfires. By incorporating the latest materials and techniques, we can create safer, more resilient communities.</