A safe and secure roof over your head should be a top priority. This means protecting it from potential fires, which can have devastating consequences without the necessary precautions. Here are some tips from a trusted roofing and sheet metal fabrication provider to help you reduce your roof’s fire risks.
1. Understand Fire Ratings
Fire ratings are classified into three categories: Class A, Class B and Class C. These ratings signify the level of fire resistance a roofing material offers. Class A materials offer the highest fire resistance, while Class C materials have the least. High-quality roofing materials, especially those from well-known industry brands, usually come with a Class A fire rating.
2. Install Fire-Resistant Roofing Materials
If you’re due for a new roof, ask your local roofing contractors for choices that offer high levels of fire resistance. Metal roofing is an excellent example, having a Class A fire rating, making it a safe choice for your home or business. Make sure the new roofing system also has the necessary fire-resistant components, including the underlayment. Laid flat on the roof decking, it can effectively slow down the spread of flames and minimize potential damage.
3. Keep Gutters Clean and Clear
Gutters filled with leaves, twigs and debris can create ideal conditions for fire to spread. Regularly cleaning and maintaining gutters can prevent potential ignition sources, such as embers coming out of chimneys or from wildfires, from causing these debris types to ignite.
4. Familiarize Yourself With Local Fire Codes
Familiarize yourself with local fire codes and ensure that your property meets or exceeds the standards set forth by these regulations. This can help you prevent fire hazards and reduce the risk of roof fires significantly.
5. Maintain Your Home’s Electrical System
Be sure to check electrical installations, including wires that run near the roof or inside your attic. A malfunction could trigger an electrical fire that may cause fire to spread, first on the insulation and then to the roof’s wooden components.
Count on Us to Install a Fire-Resistant Roof!
Roof fire safety is not to be taken lightly. Roofmasters Roofing and Sheet Metal Company offers expert roofing services, including sheet metal fabrication, to help secure your home from these risks. Call us at (785) 628-3614, or complete our online form. We serve customers in Hays and Colby, KS, and the surrounding communities.