If a fire ever breaks out in or near your house, the state of your roof will be one of the factors determining how fast the fire spreads. For example, the fire won't spread as fast if you have a fire-resistant roof, but some roofs can even accelerate the fire and cause it to spread. Here are a few measures you should take to ensure your roof can withstand fire and prevent it from spreading too fast:
Use the Right Roofing Materials
Fireproofing your roof starts during the installation process; you need to use fire-resistant or fireproof roofing materials. This is as easy as choosing roofing materials that are class A rated. Roofing materials are categorized into three classes as far as fire resistance go – the three classes are A, B, and C, and class A is the most fire-resistant class. Of course, expect to pay a premium for class A roofing materials.
Keep the Roof Clean
It is very easy for a dirty roof to catch fire, especially if the roof debris is highly combustible and can act as fodder for the fire. Even roofing materials that don't burn easily will eventually catch fire if they are covered in debris that can burn for hours. Therefore, one way of preventing your roof from becoming a fire risk is to keep it clean at all times. This includes all sections of the roof including the gutters and downspouts.
Avoid Gaps On The Roof
It's also helpful to ensure that your roof is tightly sealed and there are no gaps that rodents can use to enter the roof. This is because such rodents can chew on electrical cables and cause electrical short-circuits, which can trigger electrical fires. Gaps on the roof are also dangerous because they may allow firebrands of embers to enter the roof and start a fire. That is why you should always ensure all flashing materials are intact and any missing shingle is promptly fixed.
Sweep Your Chimney Regularly
A dirty chimney is a real fire hazard for your house. The risk is there because of creosote, a highly combustible substance formed by the by-products of combustion such as smoke, hydrocarbon, and unburned wood particles, among others. A huge buildup of creosote within the chimney can cause a fire outbreak when the temperature within the chimney rises, and the deposits combust. Cleaning your chimney regularly will prevent such accidents.
Contact a company like Ray's Accurate Roofing for more information and assistance.