Roofs can be a home’s vulnerability to wildfires. It is important to know which roofing materials to use and what can be done on and around your roof to help reduce the chances of a fire spreading to it.
During a wildfire, a home can ignite by radiant heat exposure, direct flame contact, and ember. An untreated wood shake or shingle roof is the greatest threat to a home where in-blown embers can accumulate on combustible materials and lead to ignition. The accumulation of debris and leaf litter on roofs and in gutters can also aid in the spread of fire. Below is a list of steps you can take to keep your home wildfire ready:
- Roofs should be Class A fire-rated, such as asphalt composition shingles. If you’re unsure about your roof’s rating, hire a professional roofer to make a determination. New and major replacements require a Class A rating across ALL of Santa Rosa now.
- Remove debris on the roof and in the gutters at least twice a year, or more often if necessary.
- Install gutter guards that are made of a non-combustible material.
- Remove tree branches that overhang the roof and keep them cut back by at least 10 feet.
- Periodically inspect exposed areas under eaves and soffits to ensure construction materials are in good condition.
- Cover vents, e.g., with noncombustible, corrosion-resistant 1/8-inch metal mesh screens.
- Consider the recommendations for outbuilding and sheds on your property.
- Inspect and maintain your roof on a regular basis. Replace when necessary.
Review the full list of fire-safe roofing tips under our Property Owner Resource Library at srcity.org/WildfireReady.