Rugged Roof System Achieves Class B Results on ASTM E108 Burn Test 

In the world of roofing, safety and durability are paramount. Roof fires can be catastrophic, causing not only property damage but also posing significant risks to lives and the environment. To address this concern, roofing technology has evolved, leading to the development of advanced systems designed to withstand fire. Among these systems, the Rugged Roofing System has achieved Class B results on the ASTM E108 Standard Test Method for Fire Test of Roof Coverings. Here we will explore what this system is and how it attains such quality fire-resistant performance. 

Understanding the ASTM E108 Burn Test 

Before diving into the Rugged Roofing System’s capabilities, it is essential to understand the ASTM E108 burn test. ASTM E108 is a standard test method used to evaluate the fire performance of roofing materials. This test is designed to assess how well a roofing system can resist the spread of flames and limit the extent of burning when exposed to a controlled fire source. 

Class B is one of the classifications under ASTM E108, signifying a moderate level of fire resistance. Achieving Class B results in this test demonstrates that a roofing system can withstand fire exposure for a specific duration, which is crucial for ensuring fire safety in residential and commercial structures. For the culmination of these results, the Rugged Roofing System faces three tests: 

  • Burning Brand Test: This involved placing two burning wood brands on a roof deck assembly and observing for 1.5 hours. 
  • Spread of Flame Test: This involved a gas burner shooting flames across the deck testing to make sure flames traveled no more than 9 feet across the roof deck. 
  • Intermittent Flame Test: A gas burner shoots flames across a deck intermittently and then the deck is observed for an hour or until the deck stops burning or smoking. 

Accufoam Roof Foam and Rugged Coatings: Working Together to Protect Your Structure 

The Rugged Roof System is a unified system that is engineered to work together, comprised of Rugged Coatings and industry-leading spray foam technology created by sister company, Accufoam. This innovative system offers numerous advantages, including: 

  • Spray Foam Insulation: At its core, the system utilizes spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation, known for its exceptional thermal performance. SPF not only reduces energy consumption but also possesses inherent fire-resistant properties, making it an ideal foundation for the Rugged Roofing System. 
  • UV-Resistant Coating: To enhance the SPF’s UV and fire resistance, a specialized coating is applied over the foam. This coating is meticulously engineered to meet stringent fire safety standards, including the Class B ASTM E108 requirements. It serves as a protective shield that prevents flames from penetrating and prevents the spread of fire. 
  • Seamless Application: The Rugged Roofing System is applied seamlessly, eliminating gaps or joints that could compromise fire resistance. This monolithic application ensures that the entire roofing surface is uniformly protected. 

Class B ASTM E108 Burn Test Success 

The Rugged Roofing System’s true test lies in its performance under controlled conditions. Rigorous testing and analysis have proven the system’s ability to achieve success for the Class B ASTM E108 standards. 

As mentioned above, during the test, a simulated fire source is applied to the roofing system. The system’s performance is evaluated based on critical factors, such as flame penetration, extent of burning, and the time it takes for the material to self-extinguish. The Rugged Roofing System consistently demonstrated its ability to contain the fire within prescribed parameters, earning its Class B certification. 

Benefits Beyond Fire Resistance 

While fire resistance is undoubtedly an important feature of the Rugged Roofing System, it offers additional benefits:

  • Energy Efficiency: The system provides excellent insulation and UV reflection, reducing heating and cooling costs. 
  • Waterproofing: It forms a seamless, waterproof barrier, preventing leaks and water damage. 
  • Durability: Known for its long-lasting performance, the system reduces maintenance needs and extends the lifespan of the roof. 
  • Environmentally Friendly: This system can contribute to sustainability goals by reducing energy consumption. Additionally, Accufoam holds a GreenGuard Gold certification, ensuring their commitment to environmentally conscious products. 
  • Single Warranty: Because the Rugged Roofing System is a combination of sister companies, Rugged coatings and Accufoam roof foam, the roofing system is protected under a single warranty, offering quality assurance and lasting satisfaction.  

In a world where safety and sustainability are paramount, roofing systems like Rugged’s offer quality results and peace of mind. By achieving Class B results on the ASTM E108 burn test, this system not only enhances fire safety but also provides energy efficiency, waterproofing, durability, and environmental benefits. Investing in this advanced roofing solution means not only protecting your property but also ensuring the safety and well-being of those who occupy it. 

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