Requirements For Building A Cabin In A High Fire Danger Area

If you are going to build a cabin in an area with a high fire danger, then there are many things you need to install to help proactively save your structure when a fire burns through the area. While you may dream of a cabin made with natural wood logs and an asphalt shingle roof, both options are not ideal in an area where wildland fires are common. Instead, you should build your cabin with as many fire-resistant materials as possible. 

To help protect your new cabin during a fire, consider these building material options:

Use Only Fire-Resistant Siding 

The exterior of your home is one of the best places you can prevent a wildland fire from burning down your house. For example, you should only use fire-resistant sidings, such as those made of:

  • brick
  • cement board siding
  • concrete
  • stucco
  • metal 
  • rock

You should avoid using natural wood and synthetic products that will easily burn if they come into contact with hot embers.

Use Non-Combustible Roofing Materials

Just as your new cabin needs siding that won't catch on fire, it also must have a roof made of non-combustible materials. Some of the best options for a fire-resistant roof are:

  • fiberglass shingles
  • metal 
  • concrete tiles
  • clay tiles
  • natural slate

You should avoid using asphalt and wood shake shingles since they can easily catch fire if a hot ember lands on them. Contact a roofing company to learn more. 

Install Appropriate Windows for a High Fire Danger Area

While you might not realize that windows can contribute to a house fire, they absolutely can. For example, flammable window treatments such as wood shutters or fabric awnings can easily catch fire and spread it to the rest of your home. Wooden flower boxes placed under windows are also a no-no in high fire danger areas because they add to fire danger.

To lessen the fire danger of your new cabin's windows, they should be shatter-proof and at least dual-paned. Dual-pane thermal window glass will not break as easily if it becomes hot from a nearby fire. Additionally, shatter-resistant glass will help prevent the spread of a fire to the interior of your home.

Install Spark Arrestors on Stovepipes and Chimneys

Finally, if your cabin will have a fireplace or woodstove, then it is vital that you install a spark arrestor on top of its chimney or stovepipe. Spark arrestors prevent embers from escaping and catching your roof or surrounding vegetation on fire. Spark arrestors are especially important in wooded areas and those with high fire dangers.


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