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Denver Roofers Explain How to Prevent Common Roof Fires

November 13, 2019

All house fires do significant damage. And each year, more than 355,400 homes catch fire. The causes vary, but most of those fires have one thing in common: they’re preventable. For most homeowners, basic fire safety is easy to implement throughout the insides of their homes. But did you know there are some things you can do to boost your roof’s fire defenses and reduce the risk of catastrophic roof fires? Here are a few tips from your Denver roof repair pros to help.

Have Your Chimney Cleaned
Anytime you light a fire in the fireplace, the wood you burn releases creosote. This creosote is a sticky substance that can build up on the inside of your chimney. But what many people don’t know is that creosote is highly flammable. If enough collects inside your chimney, a stray spark from the fireplace could light it, leading to fire damage to your home and your roof. The best way to prevent these fires is to get your chimney cleaned at least once a year. Professional chimney sweeps will remove the creosote buildup and take care of any damage inside the chimney so you can enjoy a roaring fire without fear. 

Clear Your Yard
Fires happen everywhere, but along the Front Range, they can spread incredibly quickly. Stray sparks and embers can catch the area around your home on fire and from there, it’s easily spread to your roof. The best thing you can do to prevent roof fires is to clear your yard of debris. Pick up those dead leaves in the fall, trim away low-hanging branches by your house, and pull out any dead plants that could act as kindling. 

Clean Your Roof
Over the year, dirt and debris will collect on your roof. This is true no matter what type of roofing materials you install. Take the time to clean your roof at least twice a year. If you’re comfortable working on ladders, you can do it at the same time you clean your gutters. But if not, contact your roofing contractor and let them take care of the task for you. As an added bonus, they’ll be able to inspect your roof for any minor damage that could lead to leaks and increase your home’s risk of mold and mildew growth.

Replace Old Roofing Materials
It should come as no surprise that most older roofing materials just aren’t as fire-resistant as modern ones. This is because technological improvements have helped make even asphalt shingles more fire-resistant than they used to be. The best way to improve your roof’s fire resistance is to replace those old roofing materials with Class A materials. These have the best fire resistance capabilities of all modern roofing materials and will dramatically improve your home’s safety while also enhancing its appearance.

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late
Taking even a single one of these steps will help you improve your roof’s fire resistance immediately. Get started today and contact us to schedule a roof inspection as soon as possible. The sooner repairs get taken care of, the better.