The roof is your home’s main source of protection against the elements. Most homeowners are very concerned about the possibility of leaks that can damage or even destroy the building’s structure, but there is another threat many people do not consider. Fire can consume a home more quickly and thoroughly than most other factors. While there is not much that the average person can do to stop a fire once it has started, prevention is well within your grasp. Learning how to fireproof your roof can keep your family and belongings safe in the event of a fire.
Invest in fire-resistant materials for your reroofing project.
Examine Trees And Plants Near Your Home
Spread out your landscaping and trim bushes and trees to ensure that flames cannot spread to your home quickly. Make sure to remove any dead vegetation regularly as it is more likely to catch fire than healthy plants. However, some plants do burn quickly even when in their green state, so do some research and select plants and shrubs that are more fire-resistant.
Clear Debris From Roof And Gutters
Vegetation on your roof and gutters is combustible and highly dangerous. Especially during peak wildfire season, it is important to check the roof regularly to make sure it is clear.
Inspect Your Roof For Damage
An aging or damaged roof is a serious liability. Wood shingles become less fire-resistant over time. Gaps and cracks in your roofing material may allow for embers to find their way into your attic and spread through your home. Re-roofing can be costly, but it is far less expensive and devastating than losing everything.
Promptly Fix Any Faulty Wiring
Electrical fires are extremely common. Since many homes have a good deal of electrical in the attic, fire can spread to the roof very quickly.
Check Fire Ratings Of Your Roofing Materials
Roofing materials are classified by how fast and far fire spreads upon contact. Class A is the best, most fireproof while Class C is the most vulnerable. A fire-resistant roof underlayment is also important, especially if your roof is older and may have some gaps.
Is Tile Roof Fire Resistant?
With a Class A fire-resistance rating, clay and concrete roof tiles offer super fire protection for your home. Both of these materials are naturally fireproof. They are non-combustible and are generally safe from heat from any source. Neither concrete nor clay catches fire, so they are both an excellent choice for areas that are prone to wildfires or lightning storms. Concrete and clay roof tiles also repel sparks from chimneys, electrical malfunctions, and stray fireworks. They also provide excellent protection from the sun, which is very important in an era of climate change and extreme weather, especially here in the Midwest. In addition, clay and concrete roof tiles are extremely durable with a lifespan of 50 to 100 years, making vulnerability from damage much less likely than other materials that need to be replaced every 15 years.
Protect Your Midwest Home From Fire Damage
Though there is no foolproof way to completely avoid fire damage to your home, a fireproof roof is an important first step in safeguarding what is important to you. Request a sample today from Stoneworth to see how our beautiful, high-quality roof tiles can also protect your home and everything and everyone in it.