Tips to protect your Roof from Heat and Smoke

Feel like you’re melting during this summer’s heat wave?  Just imagine how your roof feels.  Did you know that on hot days roof temperatures can skyrocket to 10 degrees above the hottest temperature, so think roughly 50 degrees on your roof.  Now that’s hot!

When the temperatures heat up, use these tips to protect your roof from heat and smoke:

Apply Roof Coating:

You apply sunblock when you go outside, so why not coat your roof?  Roof coatings can help protect your roof from UV damage.  The waterproof coating is applied to the top of your existing roof and lasts roughly 10-15 years.  The coating helps to reflect the heat away from your home which in turn prevents your roof from drying out and causing any damage.

Invest in a Metal Roof:

If you have a steep roof, consider investing in a metal roof for your home.  Not only are metal roofs more durable and will help save money in long-term maintenance costs, they are also naturally more reflective, which is great for controlling the heat.

And like Smokey Bear says, “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires,”  only you can prevent smoke damage to your home as well.  Here are some tips:

Clean your Roof and Gutters:

With all the smoke floating through the air, your roof and gutters are bound to be covered in ash and soot.  Clean your roof and gutters regularly to remove the ash and any other leaves or branches that could potentially catch on fire as well.

Create a Safe Zone around your Home:

To prevent any fires from sparking up near your home, you can create a safe zone through simple tasks such as making sure your lawn is clipped, all trees are pruned so branches are at least 30 ft away from your home and remove any excess debris that could easily catch a spark.  It’s also recommended that you use gravel instead of wood chips for your BBQ, and of course keep all flammable materials in sealed containers.

Consider upgrading your roof:

If you live in an area that is high-risk for wildfires, consider upgrading your roof.  Many homeowners have found that asphalt fiberglass shingles are a great option due to the fact that fiberglass shingles are not only affordable, but they also offer great fire protection.

The most important thing during this heatwave and wildfire season is to stay cool, protect yourself from smoke, and keep your home safe.  Fall is just around the corner so it’s important to take the proper steps to be prepared now rather than when the rainy weather hits.