10 Clever Ways to Use Concrete to Create a Fire-Resistant Home

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A concrete frame gives a home a solid base and serves as the first line of defense against fire. Yet the frame alone will not make a home fire-proof. Other parts of the structure -- doors, windows, even roof shingles -- are not only susceptible to letting fire into a house, but also helping it grow [source: Gromicko and Fowler].

Concrete roof tiles share the fire-resistant properties of other concrete furnishings while providing the look of a tile roof without the cost. First usedin 19th-century Bavaria, concrete tiles often last for the life of the home and typically carry a lifetime warranty [source: Portland Cement Association].

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