Using Fire-resistant Materials
Certain type of roofing materials are highly resistant to damage to fire. If you live in a fire-prone area, it is a good idea to install a roof that has fire-retardant materials. Although asphalt shingles are fire-resistant, they are not the best option if your live in an area that is prone to wildfires. A better option is clay tile roofs. Although they are more expensive, they have a high fire-resistance. Many home-builders turn to clay tiles as a choice for homes in fire-prone areas. Another great choice is slate tile roofs. These are less common because they are a heavier option and may need additional structural work done in order to ensure the weight of the roof can be supported. Metal roofs are also another great choice for homeowners wishing to protect their home from fire damage. Metals roofs are fire resistant, and they are very durable. They can last upwards of 50 years.
Plug the Roof Gaps
Using a fireproof roofing material doesn't mean the roof cant catch fire. It certainly will if some parts of the roof have damage. For example, a fire may hit the roof's exposed inner structures spreading through missing shingles or damaged flashing. Any crack on the rooftop that might permit water leakage will allow a fire to spread through the roof, so plug those roof gaps.
Keeping your Roof Clear of Debris
Fire-resistant roofing materials will flame and burn if subjected to long stretches of high temperatures or prolonged contact with actual flames. If your roof is full of dry leaves, old branches, and other debris, it will catch fire and smoke out for a long time causing damage to the roofing material. Tidy up the rooftop on a regular basis to reduce the buildup of dry leaves.
Regular Tree Maintenance
This is closely related to the previous section. Regular tree maintenance is key to reducing your risk of fire damage on your home and roof. If you have trees with branches that hang over your roof it is important to keep them trimmed and managed throughout the year. If possible, remove limbs that hang over your roof. The more that dead, dry leaves gather on your roof, the more of a risk they become.
Clean the Chimney
To protect your roof from fire, you have to keep your chimney clear. When a you burn wood or paper in your chimney, partially combusted items are part of the debris, and these particles go up the chimney. These partial combustion products plus other organic waste can ignite and shoot fire sparks to the roof. To reduce this risk, clean your Chimney regularly.
Consult our team for your new roofing or any other inquiries. We will be glad to help and rebuild your roof if there's fire damage. Call us with all your roofing requirements, and be rest assured of the best customer service experience.
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