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California Residents Encouraged to Prevent Fire Destruction

Fire season is here and California residents are encouraged to take preventive measures against the cyclical threat of fire destruction. Cutting back brush and limiting outdoor fires are critical, yet does not ensure that neighbors share the same proactive attitude. A home's best defense is the right roofing material.

Choosing a "Class A" fire-code rated roofing material such as stone-coated steel could make all the difference once the flames start to roar and embers begin to jump rooftops. Fire-susceptible materials like wood and asphalt shingles can ignite, turning entire homes into piles of ash.

Stone-coated roofs resist fire, create structural integrity when earthquakes occur, act as an energy-saving barrier and provide an array of aesthetically pleasing designs that increase the value of the home.

"The patented interlocking fastening system of Gerard's stone-coated roofs prevents the tiles and shakes from lifting and allowing blowing embers to ignite the roof deck," said Ron Anderson of Gerard Roofing Technologies, a subsidiary of Metals USA. "Since they are made of steel, Gerard panels are incombustible and safe from exposure to airborne burning cinders."

Homes and commercial buildings, including schools and churches, are protected by a Gerard Stone Coated Steel Roof. Unlike asphalt and shake roofs, stone-coated steel roofs last well over 50 years and, in the case of Gerard Roofing systems, satisfaction is guaranteed with a lifetime warranty.

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