If you live in Colorado, you are already aware of the Marshall Fire’s devastation on homes and families in the Boulder area. Our heart goes out to those affected by this tragedy.

About The Marshall Fire

Over a thousand homes were burned to the ground in days in the recent fires that ravaged Boulder County. This is in large part because it was a quick-moving grass fire. Also, the weather in December here in Colorado has been warmer and drier than usual.

The fire now goes down as Colorado’s more destructive wildfire ever. Sadly, this type of extensive fire damage to homes in more urban areas may not be the last as the climate changes and average temperatures rise.  

Will Building Requirements Help Prevent Wildfires in Colorado?

What started the fire in Boulder County is not yet clear. But, what is becoming clear is that communities need to be better protected from this sort of event. One way to do this is through legislation on building homes better survive fires. Some municipalities already have rules like this, but Colorado does not have a state-wide rule. No one can say for sure if precautions like fire-resistant siding would have mitigated damages, but it likely would have helped.

Which Types of Siding Are Fire Proof

Wood siding: will catch flame even if only hit by an ember of a fire blown by the wind.

Vinyl siding can burn at an even lower temperature than wood and melt from a fire only 40 feet away.

James Hardie Fiber cement siding is a type of siding material that is made primarily from cement, sand, and cellulose fibers. This combination is fire-resistant and some of the strongest protection against wildfires here in Colorado. This makes James Hardie the best option for homes in Colorado that are in danger of being exposed to wildfire. As the fire in Superior, Colorado had proven–that may mean more homes than ever before.

Colorado’s Fire Resistant Siding Experts

We are Colorado’s leading siding company, and we use a siding called James Hardie Fiber Cement to protect against the increasing threat of wildfires here in Colorado.  If you are looking to build or rebuild with a fire-resistant siding material like James Hardie Fiber Cement, contact us today to discuss your options and pricing.

Martin Faith is the founder and owner of Scottish Home Improvements. In 2002, Martin became inspired to start his own siding company after he had a negative experience with a local contractor. His goal was to set a new standard for the industry by providing excellent customer service. Today, Scottish Home Improvements is the top Elite Preferred James Hardie contractor in the state of Colorado. Over the years, Martin's company has received numerous awards and recognitions including 12 consecutive gold stars and an A+ Rating from the BBB as well as the James Hardie President's Club Award.