Often a fiery roof collapse is the pivotal event that brings down a burning structure. It's important when you have your new roof installed to choose from materials that are proven to meet fire safety ratings. Your roofing company will have additional recommendations for fire-resistant materials specific to your area's fire risks.
Other ways to protect your roof from fire damage include the following:
Learn from the past
There are a number of federal, private, and state-funded websites and resources to help you keep current on wildfire conditions where you live. It also helps to learn about past fire activity if you live in a known fire-prone zone.
While wildfires can travel in any direction, there will be a historical record of fires in your area that contains details about the weather conditions and other factors that influenced past fires. Learning all you can about the conditions of past fires helps you figure out which clues you should look for that may indicate your home or structure is threatened.
Prepare a defensible zone
Remove as much flammable vegetation and debris as you can around your home. This means periodically cleaning dead leaves, tree needles, pine cones and branches out of gutters and off roofs. Keep leaves and other dry forest litter cleared away from around your home, and plant shrubs and other vegetation away from your home's perimeter. You also want to make sure any tall trees are located where they will not pose a threat of catching your home on fire if they topple over while burning.
Have a plan to evacuate, but if there is time, you can use water hoses to soak the ground around your home and wet your roof and siding. There are also fire suppression gels--good for a limited period-- that you can spray on your home. Of course you will not risk your life to apply water or gel to your home, but if the fire is far enough away and you have your things packed and ready to roll, it might help save your home.
Help increase data in your region
If your area is collecting data to help firefighters make fire suppression and prevention decisions, add your data to theirs.
Participants share the types of roofs they have, the types of siding on their homes and other structures, and the location of gas tanks and other vulnerable features on their properties. These random details help firefighters make important decisions about where to focus their efforts and how they may best save your home.
If you are asked to take part in a local data-gathering event, join in and encourage others to do so. Ask your local fire department about the programs researchers and wildfire experts may be conducting in your area. You can also request that roofing professionals use materials on your new roof that exceed the fire-retardant standards if you want your roof to be extra secure.
For more information, contact a local company like Darnell Construction.Share
12 May 2016
One thing I never realized about roofing is what a difference it can make in the appearance of a home. The roofing on my home was more than 20 years old before we got around to replacing it. As we were working with our roofing contractor to choose the materials that we wanted to use, I learned quite a bit about the many, many options that we had to consider. Our blog will show you several of the options and provide you with facts about each type of material that you can use. Hopefully, what we have included here will help you choose the roofing that will look and perform the best on your home.