Summertime can be an incredibly hot and humid time of year, especially here in Connecticut, where summers come faster than we realize. With all that heat and humidity, it can be easy to forget about fire safety, but there are several steps you can take to ensure that your home stays safe and cool this summer season. Here are some roof fire prevention tips for summer!
Get a Roof Inspection
The summer heat can cause extreme pressure on roofs and walls, potentially weakening them. To avoid a big headache (and possible devastation) later, ensure your roof is in good shape before you fire up that grill or light those fireworks.
Consider getting a professional inspection at least once a year — or whenever you notice any signs of damage or wear. Once you’ve found issues, address them as soon as possible to avoid even bigger problems down the road (like leaks or cave-ins).
Keep an Eye on Your Gutters
If you live in a home with no fire-resistant roofing, you need to be especially careful about your gutters. Be sure to clean them out regularly so that no dead leaves or other material could catch fire and cause a blaze. A good gutter cleaning can also prevent more mundane problems with leaking and flooding.
Keep Chimneys Clean
A clean chimney helps prevent fires and allows smoke to exit in a timely manner — after all; it can’t escape through cobwebs. Cleaning a chimney thoroughly can be dangerous, so hire a professional if you aren’t comfortable taking on such a task.
Install The Right Roofing Protection
The most common cause of fires in homes during summer is failure to maintain fireproofing on roofs. Be sure to examine your roof regularly and get a professional evaluation if you notice any areas that could pose a potential problem.
If you have an asphalt shingle roof, it’s recommended that you install fireproof coating every ten years or so; if you have a wood shake roof, it’s recommended that you install a water-based sealant every five years or so.
Roofing Experts of Norwalk
Our team of experienced and professional roofing contractors looks forward to serving Connecticut residents’ roofing needs. We can thoroughly examine the roof, identify the underlying problem, and make the needed corrections. Homeowners who notice any preceding concerns are urged to contact us as soon as possible.