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James Hardie Fire Resistance

While a fire may seem like an unlikely event for those living in other parts of the country, for homeowners Colorado, fires pose a very real and serious threat. Colorado’s climate is warmer and drier than other parts of the country which means fires tend to spread fast and are especially problematic for those in the mountain and plains region of the state. In the event that a fire breaks out near your home, you want to know that you have time to get your family safely outside. While James Hardie fiber cement is not considered a fireproof product, it is considered to be fire resistant. James Hardie siding products are non combustible and are considered by many building professionals to be a safer alternative than wood or vinyl siding.

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Using James Hardie for 1 Hour Fire Rated Assemblies

While James Hardie fiber cement products have been tested for their fire resistant and have been found to be non-combustible, it’s important to note that by themselves, they are not considered to be 1 hour fire rated. James Hardie products will not catch fire when exposed to flames, but they will, however, allow for the transference of heat. This means that when used alone, they do not qualify for a 1 hour fire rating.

However, James Hardie products can be used in certain 1 hour fire rated assemblies. 1 hour fire assemblies can help confine fires and create more time for professionals to arrive on the scene. In addition, James Hardie fiber cement is considered safe to use for fireplace areas when used in conjunction with other noncombustible materials.

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Get More Information About Fire Resistant Siding

If you’re interested in learning more about James Hardie fiber cement products or other fire resistant options, please contact our office. One of our staff members will be more than happy to provide you with additional information and answer any questions that you may have.

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