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Protect Your Roof, Protect Your Home

When you’re protecting your home from wildfire, the roof is one of the best places to start. It’s common for embers to accumulate on a roof during a fire, so you can make your home more fire-resistant by having a Class A fire-rated roof made of asphalt or glass-fiber composition shingles, or roof tiles made of slate, clay, or concrete. Wood shake roofs are high risk in a fire.

Not sure what kind of roof you have? Call a professional roofer. It’s worth the time and money to find out if your home is at higher risk.

Roof maintenance is important.

  • Keep your gutters clear of debris and leaves that could ignite in a fire. Installing gutter guards can make it easier to keep gutters clear of debris.
  • Trim tree branches back so they don’t hang over the roof.
  • Remove debris on the roof.
  • Inspect your roof for damage or slipped shingles or tiles, and repair as necessary.
  • Cover openings under the eaves with 1/8-inch metal mesh screen that prevents embers from entering the structure.
  • Cover any openings in the roofing materials to prevent birds from building nests that could ignite.

For more information, download the June 2017 Wildfire Research Fact Sheet (618 KB) from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.

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