Home hardening is a critical factor to improve the survivability of structures during wildfires. All homes have vulnerable “point of entry” that must be sealed to avoid hot embers and fire from entering the structure. Home ventilation is essential from an energy saving point of view, however in case of a fire nearby, there is a risk of hot embers finding their way into your attic, basement, garage, etc. Brandguard has patented a unique system to keep embers from entering your house. Our design consists of multiple line of defense:
These three combined technologies, help protecting your home, in case of a wildfire, increasing the survivability ratio of the structures.
Brandguard Vents™ resists the intrusion of flame and embers into your attic through the building’s vents, thus protecting your home from dangerous flying embers created by wildfires.
Standard Vents do not offer any protection against flying embers and fire.
Baffles have long been used in commercial kitchens as a way to prevent stovetop fires. We have redesigned them to help keep flames, dangerous burning embers, and radiant heat out of your home during a wildfire. Baffles provide immediate protection during a wildfire from the very first second of exposure.
Another reason baffles are better is because they provide protection from driving rain, snow, and rodents. Our vents have passed stringent driving rain tests in Hurricane labs in Florida keep heavy driving rain out at even 140mph! Rodents are unable to chew or squeeze through our vents like they do with regular mesh vents, making them an excellent option for pest control!
Brandguard vents are equipped with a propriety material which expands in case of fire. The thermally activated strip, expands up to 30 times its original thickness, sealing off the vent completely. This is an extreme measure, to make sure that fire doesn’t penetrate the attic.
We make Soffit, Undereave, Dormer, Ridge, Gable, Access panels, and Foundation vents. All of our fire vents come in Retrofit and New Construction options.
Brandguard Vents™ can be painted by the installer to match the color of the house.
Brandguard Vents are available where building material and roofing products are sold. If you need help finding or ordering the product, please contact us directly at (949) 305 8059
Vents provide two important functions. Vents allow for air circulation to reduce the heat in your attic and allow moisture to escape that can lead to moisture degradation issues over time. Embers can easily slip through foundation, roof, or attic vents. Once inside, embers can ignite debris and items stored inside the house. Brandguard Vents stop embers from entering the attic making your home safer.
Hardening your home against wildfire means taking steps to improve the chance of your home and structures withstanding ignition by windblown firebrands and embers. Replacing traditional vents with ember resistant vents is a small step that can make all the difference.
Follow the directives of CAL Fire (www.readyforwildfire.org) which include the use of fire resistant building materials. Brandguard Vents are CAL Fire listed and approved.
Today there are nearly 45 million homes in the wildland/urban interface (WUI), the term that describes the area where
homes and communities encroach wildfire hazard-prone landscapes. Research has consistently shown
the role embers play in igniting homes in the WUI. It has also shown that there is an increased survival rate of homes
constructed from fire-resistant materials on property that has been mitigated to remove sources of fuel for a fire.
Check on the website https://gis.data.ca.gov too see if your property is located in a Fire Risk Zone
In the US, at least $2 billion per year supporting fire suppression. While the efforts of firefighters have been both brave and tireless, the conditions on our landscapes, joined with the vast proliferation of homes and communities into wildfire hazard zones, make turning the tide through fire suppression increasingly untenable.
Today there are nearly 45 million homes in the wildland/urban interface (WUI). Each year some of the largest-loss fires occur in the WUI. Structure loss due to wildfire has increased more than 163 percent over the past decade. The nation’s area at risk to wildfire is now the size of Texas. Improving the fire resistance of structures is crucial to prevent the loss of properties and lives.