Taylor Lake Village may ban wood shingles
Taylor Lake Village City Council will consider prohibiting wood shingles on homes and garages at its meeting tonight.
The matter will be discussed during City Council's meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, at City Hall, 500 Kirby Blvd.
Mayor Natalie O'Neill said the proposed change is being requested by the Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department, which the city contracts with for fire protection. The city of Pasadena recently made the same change, she said.
The most common wood roof coverings that could be affected are cedar shake shingles, which a handful of homes have in Taylor Lake Village, O'Neill said.
They wouldn't have to replace their roofs, but new wood roof coverings would be banned on residential structures under the proposal, and repairs 100 square feet or larger would have to be made following the new rules.
You can still do a small repair," O'Neill said.
O'Neill said she was told by the Pasadena fire chief that the fire-resistant coating on such shingles eventually wears off and has to be reapplied, which rarely happens. She said he also told her that Pasadena had in the past lost a whole city block of homes that had cedar shake shingles to fire.
It's just a fire hazard," O'Neill said.
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