Research from IBHS outlines the use of coatings for wildfire purposes
As residents at risk from wildfires continue to search for options that will help protect their homes when threatened, the final 2017 edition of the five-part Wildfire Research Fact Sheet series produced by the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Firewise USA™ program and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), provides information on coatings that will assist in their quest for information.
The November fact sheet outlines the use of coatings and includes: product types, application requirements and performance limitations.
Given the current performance limitations of coatings, the research recommends other proven mitigation strategies to reduce vulnerabilities of homes to wildfire, such as using ember-resistant design features and creating and maintaining the home ignition zones.
If you missed the earlier editions in the fact sheets series, they're a must-read on the latest research topics which include: Roofing; Decks; Fencing and Attic and Crawl Space Vents.
Forestry agencies and fire departments can utilize the fact sheets in their educational outreach efforts by customizing them with their agency/department logo.