Your roof is one of the most important parts of your house as it protects you and your loved ones from the elements. However, in a hot climate like Las Vegas, roof damage from fire is not unheard of. Unfortunately, fire can cause tremendous damage to your roof and cause you to spend huge amounts of money on repairs or roof replacement. To help you prevent roof damage from fires, below are five tips that will not only help protect your roof but also minimize damage in case of a fire accident.
How to Avoid Roof Damage from Fire
Choose Fire-resistant Roof Material
When choosing your roofing, always opt for fire-resistant materials and speak to your roofing contractor about the best options that fit your roofing needs and budget. Some common fire-resistant materials include clay, metallic and asphalt shingles. Normally, fire-resistant roofing materials are grouped into three categories: Class A, Class B and Class C.
Class A roofing materials are the most efficient of the three, followed by Class B and Class C respectively. Unrated materials also exist, which offer the least fire resistance. Although excellent fire-resistant roofing materials may be costly, they are a worthwhile investment if you want to protect your home against roof damage from a fire.
Repair Any Damages on Your Roof
Gaps in your flashing and missing shingles can act as leeway for the fire to get into the interior and unprotected parts of your roof and extend roof damage. What's more, damaged roofing may cause leaks when it rains and with the wiring on your roof, an electrical fault may occur sparking a fire.
To protect your roof and the entire home from fire damage, conduct regular roof inspection, and repair any damages on your roof. This not only protects your roof in case of a fire, but it also improves the efficiency of your roof and increases its lifespan.
Maintain a Clean Roof & Chimney
Although using fire-resistant roofing materials offers protection to your roof against fire damage, it doesn't mean that your roof is completely immune to fires. When debris accumulates on your roof and catches fire, it can burn long enough for the heat to extend to your roofing material and cause them to burn. The more debris on your roof, the bigger the risk of damage.
With this in mind, you need to always keep your roof clean from dirt and debris, such as leaves and twigs every change of season. As you clean your roof, ensure that the inside of your chimney is also free of soot and debris. This way, you prevent the soot from catching fire and sending the sparks to your roof and causing roof damage. Other important tips to protect your roof from fire damage include checking your electrical wiring and keeping a smoke detector to help in the early containment of a fire in case it occurs.
If you think your roof may be susceptible to a fire, contact us at 702-262-7847 to schedule a roof inspection and have one of our skilled technicians check for roof damage, debris and more.