Are Your Window Shutters Fire Retardant?

window shutters on her Elk Grove, CA

You might have heard stories about the horrors of house fires, but have you heard tales of incredible near misses and close calls? One local Californian woman credits her life and home to the window shutters on her Elk Grove, CA home.

One night, a fire broke out right outside her home. The flames spread up her outer wall and reached her shutters. Her fire-retardant window shutters did not catch fire, but instead began to smolder and melt releasing lots of smoke. The smoke set off her fire detectors, alerting her and her family to the fire. This extra warning time not only allowed them to get out safely, but also gave first responders enough time to save her home.

This first-hand account proves that if you’re going to invest in window shutters for your home, they should be fire retardant. However, not every kind of shutter is fire retardant. When shopping for shutters, be on the lookout for those with a Class A rating from a local fire protection agency. Any lower rating won’t give you the necessary protection from fire.

Unfortunately, wood shutters are usually not fire retardant. The same goes for low quality faux wood shutters that are made out of particleboard or other materials, even if they are wrapped in vinyl. You need window shutters in Bay area that are high quality faux wood, like Duracore. Duracore shutters are made of flame-resistant composites that will smoke and melt as opposed to catch fire when exposed to extreme heat. This tough construction also means that they are resistant to moisture, warping and mold as well.

You need fire-retardant shutters because even though they won’t prevent a fire from starting, they won’t fan the flames to make the fire worse. You might be thinking, “what are the chances a fire will break out by my shutters anyway?” Fires actually originate on walls near windows a lot. Malfunctioning electrical sockets, lamps, and other electronics can cause fires, as can candles, incense or other open flames. These flames can quickly catch on draperies or other window treatments, but most likely won’t catch shutters as fast since they don’t hang down.

Even if fire retardant shutters are engulfed in a flame, they will not burn. Instead, they just smoke and smolder, which in turn will set off smoke alarms and alert first responders and home residents to the danger quickly. These important seconds can mean the difference between safety and danger, a saved home or a destroyed home.

Fire resistant shutters, like Duracore, are a great investment for any home. Want to learn more about Elk Grove, CA window shutters? The Shutter Source is here to help. We can help you find the perfect shutters for you and your home. Please stop by and visit us at 11265 Sunrise Gold Cir Ste K Rancho Cordova, CA 95742, or give us a call at (877) 333-9424 to learn more about what we can do for you and your shutters.