Commentary: Replacement of wood shake roofs cuts risk from wildfires

08/30/2013 | Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.), The

Homeowners in neighborhoods of Colorado Springs, Colo., have been replacing wooden-shake roofs with asphalt shingles treated with fire retardant to help prevent wildfire damage, Bill Vogrin writes. Vogrin replaced his roof with "fire retardant, impact resistant, rubberized asphalt shingles made to resemble wood," he writes. "[R]eplacing our roof with attractive, common-sense materials was a breeze" thanks to efforts to push homeowners associations to allow more-protective roofing materials, he writes.

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