4 Tips to Reduce the Risk of Fires on Your Roofing System
Fires are one of the greatest risks to any household. Most house fires are caused by an electrical problem or kitchen mishap. Fires often impact the most crucial parts of your home, including your roof. To reduce the risk of fire in your roofing system, keep in mind these tips from your trusted roofing contractor:
1. Keep the Roof Clean
A roof that is covered with debris is a fire hazard. Be sure to clean your roof regularly, or hire professionals to do it for you. This not only keeps your home looking pristine, it also protects your roof from damage and minimizes the risk of a house fire.
2. Check Your Home’s Electrical System
If you live in an older home, you should have the electrical wiring in your attic checked by a licensed electrician for your peace of mind. Faulty wiring can cause a spark to ignite, causing the insulation and the wooden structures that hold the roof in place to catch fire.
3. Install Class A Roofing Materials and Components
Today’s residential roofing systems are designed to withstand wind, hail and, of course, fire. Asphalt shingles, metal roofing panels and clay tiles with Class A fire ratings are effective against severe fire test exposures and are ideal for homes situated in areas where wildfires are prevalent. Consider any of these products when you decide to replace your old roof.
4. Patch Gaps on Your Roof
Even with fire-resistant roofing materials, the whole system can still catch fire if there are damaged sections. Damaged flashings and missing shingles may allow a fire to reach the roof’s unprotected inner structures and spread. Openings that allow water to seep through can also allow fires to take root and spread. Reduce these risks by prioritizing scheduled roof maintenance.
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