The risk of house fires is a major threat that needs to be factored in when securing the safety and health of homes. Along with keeping out the obvious weather elements, a non-combustible roof can provide a first line of defence against house fires.
In July 2017, a house fire broke out in Sromowce Niżne, a small Polish village near the Slovakian border. The fire broke out in a residence neighbouring a family's property and spread rapidly onto their buildings.
The property contained a mix of buildings including an old house, garages and other utility buildings which were burnt down completely with only a heap of waste remaining. There was however, a newer home on the property — a home that was saved by a Ross Roof Group roof.
“Even though the roofs of the destroyed utility buildings and the new house were connected along a 3m section, the fire didn’t spread from the buildings to the house," explains the homeowner. "The fire was stopped by the Ross Roof Group steel tiles, which acted as a barricade. The steel tiles did not become hot or deformed. Instead, they effectively prevented the flames from spreading onto the wooden roof structure.”
The fire was clearly a force to be reckoned with, and without the protection of the Ross Roof Group's roof, the new home would have faced the same fate as the other buildings on the property. “The blaze from the burning buildings made all the panes in the windows crack. Because of the heat, the door frames and doors were deformed. The Styrofoam from the north and west sides under the elevation melted and so did the soffits. And what about the roof? The roof stands, as if nothing had happened," says the homeowner.
“The firefighters who fought the fire, an expert from the State Fire Brigade investigating the cause of the fire and an expert from the insurance company unanimously declared: this house was saved by Ross Roof Group's steel tiles.”
Ross Roof Group's ‘Class A’ Fire Rating
Ross Roof Group products are classified as ‘Class A’ Fire Rated. Known as the Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Roof Coverings, the rating includes the fire resistance performance of roofs that have been exposed to simulated fire sources that originate outside a building. This was also proven effective during a fire demonstration hosted in New Jersey by the Middlesex County Fire Academy and company M-Fire Suppression.
Ross Roof Group Broof (T1) Rating
Ross Roof Group products are classified as Broof (t1), ‘non- spreading fire material’, according to tests done by ITB (Building Institute of Poland) on Ross Roof Group's profiled steel sheets, with procedures given in PN-EN 13501-5+A1-2010.
Ross Roof Group Flies Through International Tests
Ross Roof Group products have gone through a range of international test reports and quality assurance including:
- CE Mark
- Miami Dade
- Florida Building Approval
- Building Institute of Poland Approval
With its proven ability to withstand the harshest conditions, this demonstrates the trusted and outstanding reputation Ross Roof Group has achieved worldwide.
Even though technology is gradually reducing the risk of fire, it’s vital to employ a material that’s going to keep homes and their residents safe. Installing a high-quality roofing system onto homes is essential to the safety of property and most importantly, the safety of the inhabitants. Not only do Ross Roof Group products look amazing, but they're also highly durable and are designed to perform under the highest of temperatures.