Roofs and certain types of roofing materials are extremely susceptible 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 embers/firebrands. An untreated wood shake or shingle roof is the greatest threat to a home where wind-blown embers can accumulate on combustible materials and lead to ignition. The accumulation of debris and leaf litter on roofs and in rain gutters can also aid in the spread of fire. Below is a list of steps you can take to keep your home wildfire ready. As we approach the end of our Fire Season locally, some of these first basic steps will be equally important as you prepare your property to be Rain Ready
- Remove debris on the roof and in the gutters at least twice a year, or more often if necessary.
- 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.
- Install gutter guards that are made of a non-combustible material.
- Roofs should be Class A fire-rated, such as asphalt fiberglass composition shingles, and concrete or clay tiles. 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.
- Cover vents with noncombustible, corrosion-resistant 1/8-inch metal mesh screens.
- Consider the above recommendations for outbuildings 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. More information will be coming in the near future on the end of Fire Season and what it means to be Rain Ready.