California is often victim to blazing wildfires that leave a wake of destruction in their path. Entire communities are razed and the loss of life and property is immeasurable. As fires rage throughout the state, are you wondering if your home is properly protected from wildfires? While there is no way to completely fireproof your home and guarantee safety during a wildfire, there are some steps that you can take to help protect your home and property.
Keep reading for tips on how to protect your home from wildfires and reduce the risk of losing your valuable possessions:
Creating a Defensible Space around Your Home
The most important thing when boosting your home’s protection from wildfires is to create a defensible space. This means keeping your lawn mowed, your roof clear of leaves and debris, and maintaining your irrigation system. In addition, you should also ensure that trees, bushes, and shrubs are kept under control. Trees should be at least 10 feet apart, and their branches should be at least 6 feet off the ground. You should also remove dead trees and shrubs and trim branches back so that they do not overhang your roof or chimney. Also, consider not attaching a wooden fence directly to your home to avoid the fire transferring to your house. It’s also important to keep your grounds free of pine needles—at least 100 feet around your home—and move firewood and storage tanks at least 100 feet away as well.
Building and Retro-Fitting Your Home with Fire-Resistant or Non-Flammable Materials
Another way to protect your home from wildfires is to build or retrofit your home with non-flammable materials. While most new builds take this into consideration, fireproofing with non-flammable materials isn’t too difficult to do in a retrofitting sense. You should use double-paned or tempered glass for windows, cover exterior walls with fire-resistant material like stucco or brick, and install non-combustible screening to eave and vent openings. In addition, choosing your roofing material is essential as this is often how homes catch fire. Be sure to speak with an experienced roofing company to choose a non-combustible roofing material!
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If you live in an area where wildfires are a possibility, it’s important to take proactive steps to protect your home. While some of those steps are cheap and simple, like mowing your lawn regularly and keeping shrubs and trees pruned, others include a bit more investment. However, having a fire-resistant roof is essential in areas where droughts and wildfires are common. At Guardian Roofs, we have the knowledge and experience necessary to install a quality roof that will help protect your home from the wildfires that often run rampant in California.
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