Do You Need To Harden Your Home From Wildfires?

If your home is in a WUI Area (Wildland Urban Interface) meaning do you have wildland nearby filled with trees, or even fields of vegetation, then the answer is yes, you need to harden your home. Wildland is all around us. Not just in Urban, Rural, or Remote areas. Major cities such as Los Angels, Sacramento, Bakersfield, and San Francisco have wildland areas nearby. This means you have them where you live.

Not all Wildland Urban Interfaces are the same; however, the dangers, risks, and results should not be ignored no matter where you live. Fires can start anywhere and SPREAD to anywhere with wind and embers.

Wildfires are a part of California’s landscape and the fire season in California and across the West is starting earlier and lasting longer each year.

2021 California Fire Facts

Wildfire stats forest.

2,569,009

Estimated Acres Burned

Wildfire stats Incidents.

8,619

Number of Incidents

Wildfire stats structure.

3,629

Structures Damaged/Destroyed

At Byers, we provide you with peace of mind by offering state-of-the-art materials that are approved by Cal Fire to harden your home and provide defensible space solutions to protect your home from wildfire.

What is “Home Hardening?”

It is defined as using fire-resistant materials to defend your home against windblown embers and fire.

A home’s survivability in a wildfire is largely based on the building materials, design features, and nearby landscaping. Homes designed and built to wildfire-resistant codes have reduced susceptibility and are more likely to survive a wildfire. Home hardening is an important topic at Byers as we are located inside a large Wildland Urban Interface Area.

Flying embers from a wildfire can destroy homes up to a mile away and are responsible for the destruction of most homes during a wildfire.

What You Can Do To Harden Your Home

California and many other states’ Fire Marshals have pushed for better home protection with updated building codes to help keep fire damage & spread to a minimum, keep homes & structures from burning, and keep fire personnel & residents out of harm’s way.

You can help protect your family, neighborhood, neighbors, and the city & the community that you call home by bringing your home & property up to code and giving everyone a little peace of mind.

Banned Building Designs

2008 Building Code Changes - Banned Building Designs.

Areas Of Your Home and Property That Can Use an Update

YOUR ROOF

The roof is the most vulnerable part of your home. Homes with wood or shingle roofs are at high risk of being destroyed during a wildfire.

  • Have Byers Roofing build your roof or install a new roof with a Class-A composition roof.
  • Remove accumulated vegetative debris from your roof.

VENTS

Vents on homes create openings for flying embers.

  • Replace your older vents with Ember & Fire Safe Vents such as Vulcan.
  • Do not use fiberglass or plastic mesh because they can melt and burn.

RAIN GUTTERS

Install covered gutter such as LeafGuard to prevent the accumulation of plant debris that can be ignited by embers.