The 4th of July holiday weekend is almost here, and with it, the celebrations, barbecues, and fireworks. But along with the celebration and the events of the weekend, homeowners need to be aware that the 4th of July is one of the most dangerous weekends of the year for roofs. Homeowners don’t need to be scared, however, just prepared. Here are 3 simple steps homeowners can take to protect their roofs, and their homes, during the holiday.
Fireworks are one of the biggest risks to your roof on the 4th of July. Stray sparks from these explosives can find their way to your roof and cause a fire to start. One of the biggest precautions homeowners can take is to choose open areas far away from their home to set off the fireworks. It is best to avoid areas near heave tree coverage, if possible, and to exercise extreme caution if it is windy.
As much caution as homeowners can take, they have no control over where their neighbors may choose to set off their fireworks. This is why we also recommend that homeowners trim any low-hanging tree branches back away from their roof. This minimizes the risk that a stray spark from a neighborhood firework could land on a branch and start a fire on or near the roof.
Finally, while it may sound like a fun idea for a family to climb onto their roof to watch the neighborhood fireworks go off, that is a dangerous idea, both for homeowners, and for their roofs. Roofs are steep, high, and often slippery, and roofing material can be easily damaged if caution isn’t taken when walking on it. In order to stay safe, and protect your roof, stay on the ground and enjoy the fireworks from there.
Cenvar Roofing, conveniently located in Vinton, VA hopes these tips help you protect your roof as you prepare for the holiday weekend. Happy 4th of July!