Of all of the disasters that can befall a home, fire is among the most terrifying and unpredictable. While there’s no sure way to protect your home completely from the possibility of fire, your home’s construction is your first line of defense. Central to this first line of defense is a high-performance roof in good working condition.
At The Construction Group in Minnesota, we help Twin Cities homeowners protect their homes with a complete range of residential roofing services from replacement to repairs. Here’s what you need to know about protecting your roof from fire damage.
Fire Prevention and Attics
The first thing to know about fire prevention is that roof fires are extremely common and can start without any warning to a home’s residents. And unfortunately, most attics have inadequate carbon monoxide or smoke detection.
Take these steps to protect your roof and home from fire damage:
1. Remove Debris
During spring and fall, leaves, branches, and twigs can accumulate on your roof. As the heat of summer progresses, these materials can dry out, creating a serious potential fire hazard. Be sure to clear your roof of any dry materials that have collected periodically.
2. Keep Your Property Clear of Clutter
Don’t make the mistake of storing dry wood or other debris close to your home as these materials could act as fuel in the event of a fire, causing fire to spread quickly throughout your home.
3. Repair Damaged Shingles Right Away
Any damaged areas on your roof are potential vulnerable points. This includes missing shingles, damaged flashing, and missing granules. Anytime your roof is damaged due to high winds or hail, it’s important to have roof damage repaired as soon as possible to prevent additional damage as fire can spread quickly through these areas.
4. Install a Fire-Resistant Roof
One of the most important things you can do to protect your home is to invest in fire-resistant roofing materials. Fortunately, you don’t have to invest in clay tiles or a metal roof to get a fire-resistant roof thanks to the innovations of modern roof manufacturing. Your roof replacement contractor can walk you through the available options and discuss fire resistance when installing a new roof.
Contact Our Twin Cities Roof Replacement Contractors
Are you in need of roof repair or replacement? Call our residential roofing contractors at The Construction Group to schedule your roof inspection today at 651-731-5857 or contact us online.