The 4th of July is almost here, but in the midst of the parades, barbecues, and fireworks, there are also some risks that homeowners need to be aware of when it comes to their roofs. While homeowners don’t need to be afraid of the 3 day weekend, there are some practical steps you can take to minimize any risk of damage, and protect your roof as they enjoy the holiday.
One of the biggest risks to your roof during the 4th of July weekend is a stray spark from a firework landing on your roof and starting a fire. One of the biggest safety precautions homeowners can take is to simply pay attention to where they are setting off fireworks, and making sure the area is far away from their roof. It is also best to avoid heavily wooded areas, and to exercise extreme caution if it’s a windy night.
Despite precautions homeowners can take, they have little control over fireworks set off by other people around them. For this reason, it is a good idea to trim the tree branches near your roof as you prepare for your celebration. A tree branch that is hanging too low near your house can easily catch a stray spark and lead to a fire. Trimming everything back and away from your roof minimizes the risk of any damage occurring.
Finally, as fun as it may be, it is not a good idea to climb on top of your roof to watch the neighborhood firework shows. This is generally an unsafe idea, as roofs are steep, high, and often slippery, making them hazardous to families. But also, sitting and walking on a roof risks damaging the roofing materials.
Cenvar Roofing, conveniently located off of Timberlake Road in Lynchburg VA hopes these tips help you protect your roof as you prepare for the holiday weekend. Happy 4th of July!