Keep Your Roof Safe
Let’s explore a bit of safety as we close in on the upcoming holiday. It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities, barbecues, local festivals, music, and so on. It’s important to also think about your roof and the 4th of July. There’s a few things you can do to help protect you and your neighbor’s roof from fireworks.
Helpful Tips for Roof Safety
Debris: Make sure your roof is clear of debris such as dry leaves and branches. Even moss, if it’s been particularly hot and dry for a few days prior, can act as an igniter. It’s worth jumping on a ladder and taking a peek to make sure there isn’t anything up there that you just haven’t noticed that might react quickly to a spark from fireworks.
Trees: Low hanging trees that are not trimmed back can create great risk to your roof, especially if they hang over your home. Trees, especially during the summer, make for great fire starters, and can be difficult to get under control. Here in Washington, pine cones can be particularly hazardous, as just a few sparks and poof. It’s probably worth picking up any that have fallen to the ground, just for safety’s sake.
Quick Water Access: There’s a lot to be said about having a waterhose ready to go, in the event a firework spark finds itself in an unwelcome place, water is your best ally. Most water hose sprayers come with the function of closing off the valve so you aren’t wasting water, but in an instant can have full access if needed.
If you have questions about what’s legal in your local area, you can check here for clarification.
We encourage you to assess your roof after the holiday to make sure no subtle, but potentially problematic damage occurred. Shingles can get punctured or a rogue firework might have made its way up there and burned a hole before extinguishing, and you might not realize this until water starts seeping into your home. These are the worst because gone unchecked for weeks or months in a wet climate like we have here in Western Washington, can really cause significant damage.
We really hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July and that you and your home stay safe. In the event you have damage that convinces you to finally take care of that roof replacement you’ve been putting off, give us a call, we’d love to help. You can also request a free consultation right on our site. Our team is standing by to answer questions or to come take a look at your project and provide the best solution.
Happy 4th of July from all of us at Builders Service Company!