Fire is one of the most damaging accidents. As a homeowner, it should be your priority to protect your home from risks and damage, especially the roof since it protects your home’s integrity. Here are ways to reduce your fire risks.
Use Class A Materials
Roofing materials are rated from three categories of fire ratings. Class C is the least fire-resistant materials like plywood and hardboard siding panels. Class B are combustible materials that are treated with fire-retardant chemicals like pressure-treated shakes and shingles. Class A are the materials most resistant to fire like asphalt fiberglass shingles and concrete tiles. Unrated materials are the most susceptible to catching on fire.
To avoid fire risks to your roof, it’s best to use Class A materials for your roofing project. Don’t trust cheap and light materials to protect your roof against fire and other harmful elements. It’s a worthy investment to protect your roof as it protects your home.
Repair Gaps on the Roof
You should immediately repair any damage or gaps on your roof. Your roof acts as a protective barrier for your home. In case of a fire, your fireproof roof can act as a shield to buy you time to put the fire out or escape to safety. However, if there are gaps on your roof, it can allow the fire to enter and reach inside your home. Also, even without fire, water damage can weaken your roofing because of the gaps.
Keep the Roof and Your Surroundings Clean
Always keep your roof clean of debris and dirt. The accumulated dirt and debris is a fire hazard, and can pose a risk to start a fire on your roof. You should also trim trees that crowd the roof. Don’t stack any firewood or store any light materials close to your home. Your roof and surroundings should be free of things that could easily catch fire.
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