Your roof is one of the most vulnerable parts of your home. Embers can land on a roofing system during a wildfire and get lodged between the shingles or ignite leaves on it. Fire can spread rapidly once it obtains a hold.
A roofing system that does not have fire-resistant roofing materials or has highly inflammable materials is a disaster waiting to happen. Fireproofing your roof will improve the safety of your home. Here are some ways to fireproof your roof.
Check the Fire Ratings of Roofing Materials
One of the most important things to consider when buying roofing materials is their fire ratings. Many fire-prone states require homeowners to use fireproof materials when installing their roofing systems. Roofing materials are categorized into three classes, based on their fire resistance.
- Class A: This is the highest rating. Materials with Class A rating offer the highest resistance to fire originating from external sources
- Class B: Class B roofing materials are capable of withstanding moderate exposure to fires that originate outside the house
- Class C: These roofing materials can withstand minimal exposure to fires originating from external sources
Trim Vegetation Near Your Roof
Cut down tree branches extending toward your roof. Do not let dry leaves and debris accumulate on your roof, as they can create a fire path. Many roof repair experts in Marin County recommend cutting back limbs within six feet of the roof.
Look For and Repair Cracks in Your Roofing System
Cracks in your roofing system can cause embers to blow into the attic. In addition to fixing cracks in your roof, have fire-stops installed into its specific parts. In the event of a fire, fire-stops will prevent the fire from penetrating from one part to another.
Clean Your Gutters
Gutters can get clogged up over time. A clogged gutter is a recipe for disaster. The debris in your clogged gutters, in addition to causing rainwater back-up, can serve as kindling for a fire. To prevent this from happening, clean your gutters regularly.
Look for Signs of Ageing
If your roof has wood shingles, look for signs of weathering regularly as weathered wood shingles are less resistant to fire. Repair or replace damaged tile/asphalt shingles.
ARS Roofing, Gutters & Solar is one of the most trusted roofing companies in Marin County. We strive to create value for our customers. Our cost-effective roofing solutions conform to high quality standards. We work 24/7 and are always prepared to handle a roofing emergency. To discuss your roofing project with a roofing expert, call (707) 584-5900.