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Thursday, November 16, 2023

How to Build Bigger and Better Fire-Resistant Decks in Wildfire-Prone Regions

Turn on the evening news or scroll through your news feed… it’s (unfortunately) all too common to see another wildfire dominate the headlines. Underlining the frequency and severity of these events, 68,988 U.S. wildfires burned 7.6 million acres and destroyed over 2,700 structures in 2022, according to the latest data compiled by the Federation of American Scientists. Concern about another devastating wildfire season is motivating many homeowners to reconsider traditional building products to reduce the vulnerability of their homes. This heightened focus on fire preparedness extends to the construction of fire-resistant decks and outdoor living spaces, which have become direct extensions of our homes over the last several years.

Noncombustible steel deck framing holds the key to lasting outdoor spaces

A lasting alternative to lumber, which undoubtedly holds a huge combustion risk, steel framing is one such fire-hardened option. The deck framing solution leverages the proven performance of steel to meet the demands of today’s bigger and better decks in wildfire-prone regions. A non-combustible option, steel framing will not rot, warp or split after long-term exposure to the elements. Incredibly durable, steel frame decks are also strong enough to support the year’s most sought-after amenities, like luxe outdoor kitchens and contemporary steel pergolas. Not only do steel frame profiles offer lasting performance, but they’re also sleek and good-looking. There’s no reason for homeowners who live in states where the risk of wildfire is high to sacrifice style for safety.  

A fire-smart system, Evolution steel deck framing from Fortress Building Products can help prevent a ground fire from spreading quickly, reducing the vulnerability of a home and surrounding neighbors. Underscoring its safety factor, Fortress® Evolution received a Class A fire rating through Intertek. A marker that indicates superior fire performance, a Class A designation is the best fire rating a building material or product can receive.

Close-up image of steel deck framingBlack curved steel deck framing with decking being installed on top.

Prioritize wildfire preparedness with fire-resistant deck framing

When it comes to building a bigger and better deck in a wildfire-prone regions (or nearly any type of environment), homeowners and professional deck builders alike can turn to steel framing.

Are you ready to put steel framing to the test? Build a fire-smart deck and outdoor living space today. 


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