The 4th of July is quickly approaching, and with it, the celebrations, barbecues, and fireworks. However, there are also some risks associated with the holiday weekend that homeowners need to be aware of. While you don’t need to be afraid, there are some practical steps you can take to minimize any risk of damage to your homes, and your roof, as you enjoy the holiday.
One of the biggest risks to your home and roof during the 4th of July weekend are the fireworks that will be launched. If a stray spark from a firework finds its way to your roof, it can start a fire that spreads out of control very quickly, and damages, or destroys, your home in the process. This simplest safeguard against this situation is simply to pay attention to where you set off fireworks, making sure it is in an open area far away from your home. It is also safe to avoid heavily wooded areas, and to be extremely careful if it is windy.
Despite the precautions you take in choosing an area to set off your fireworks, homeowners have little control over their neighbors choices. For this reason, if there are trees near your home, it is a good idea to trim the branches back away from your roof. If these branches hang too low near your roof, a stray spark can easily land there and cause a roof fire. Trimming these branches minimizes the risk of this damage occurring.
Finally, as fun as it may be, climbing on top of your roof to sit and enjoy fireworks is not only dangerous to yourself and family, but also to your roof. Roofs are steep, high, and sometimes slippery, which can make for a dangerous setting for a family, and sitting or walking on the roof can compromise the integrity of the roof, and cause damage to the roofing materials.
Cenvar Roofing hopes these tips help you protect your roof and stay safe as you enjoy the long weekend and the celebrations it brings. Happy 4th of July!