Roofs And Fires: What You Need Know

A fire on your roof is a threat to completely destroy your home, so naturally, you want to take every precaution to prevent a blaze enveloping your roofing materials. Homeowners who live in areas that are prone to wildfires have an obvious reason to be concerned about roof fires, but this potentially catastrophic event can happen to any homeowner at any time. The following article takes a close at what homeowners can do to prevent roof fires.

General Safety

Of course, you should always take proper precautions to prevent any type of fire from breaking out in your home. This includes such things as making certain that your smoke detectors are in good working order, not allowing grease to build up on your stove or range, and avoiding overloading electrical outlets.

Regarding your roof specifically, it's a very good idea to cut back any tree branches that overhang your roof. If a branch happens to catch fire for some reason, such as a fireworks mishap, sparks or flames from the tree could easily set the roof ablaze. Keep any foliage around the house trimmed as well. Also, if you have a chimney, make sure that it's cleaned regularly, as many roof fires begin in the chimney.


The most crucial step you can tale to prevent a roof fire is to use roofing materials that have a strong fire-resistant rating. These ratings are given by an independent testing service and are grouped into three sections: A, B, and C. Materials that have the "A" classification are the strongest, while Class "C" are the weakest. Class "B" is between the two. You can typically find out the classification of any roofing materials by looking on the packaging.


Not surprisingly, homeowners will almost certainly want their homes to have roofs with a Class A rating. You have several good choices of roofing materials to achieve this goal. For instance, fiberglass asphalt shingles fall into the Class A category as long as they have been applied atop a strong fire-resistant underlayment. Other good roofing material that will generally receive a class A rating, assuming they have been properly installed, include clay tiles, slate, and metal roofing.

For homeowners who prefer the look and elegance of wood roofs, this material is obviously not as fire-resistant as the other materials mentioned above. You can, however, improve the fire resistance of wood shingles by using only pressure treated-shingles and having the roof sealed with a fire-retardant product.

To learn more about the best ways to make your roof-fire resistant, contact a roofing contractor in your town.