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Building a Custom Home May Provide Different Options for Fire-Safety

When building your custom home, it is important to factor in the natural elements of your surroundings.

November 20, 2021
Ian Nicule
November 20, 2021

When building your custom home, it is important to factor in the natural elements of your surroundings. As British Columbia’s summers continue getting hotter and dryer, depending on where you live, fire-proofing your new or existing home may be on your mind. Custom home contractors can help you ensure that your home is prepared for the hotter, dryer months.

Home fire detection goes beyond smoke detectors and fire alarms. Sprinkler systems, specialty insulation and roofing materials can all be used to help keep your home and family safe. Fire prevention will not guarantee that your home will be safe from wildfire, however, it can help keep your family safe. When speaking to custom home contractors about what you want for your home, discuss which fire detection and prevention methods will be right for your home, your budget, and the area.

Fire-retardant insulation is becoming more standard which means that you have more options than ever to choose from. Many Custom home contractors will only use fire-retardant insulation, however, if you are renovating an older home, keep in mind that your insulation may not be fire-retardant. There are also roofing materials that are fire-resistant and are specially designed to keep fires from entering your home through the roof. One of the best options is a metal roof which is optimized for heat resistance and also offers energy-saving benefits.

Building a custom home is a huge time commitment and financial investment. The right design, location, and contractor are all very important when it comes to realizing and building your dream vision. When building a new home, it is very important to know what you want and your budget expectations. Homebuilding or remodelling is expensive and may take longer than projected.

When looking to build a custom home that is fire-proof, look for a company that has a good reputation. These homes generally are not made using wood, but rather a combination of foam, concrete and rebar. Foam bricks interlock and are then filled with concrete which prevents fire ignition. Foam and concrete combination also are great for insulation. Homes built using this method consume roughly 50% of the energy needed to heat and cool a home that was built with more traditional materials such as wood.

When looking to build the home of your dreams, it is important to choose a contracting team with a good reputation.  Necessary steps such as planning, getting city approvals, ordering the proper materials and appliances are easier through a company or contractor. Costs add up quickly in any project that involves home remodelling, building or renovating. This is why working with a professional contractor can help you not only make your home as safe as possible, but can also keep your expectations realistic based on your budget.

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