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Fireproofing your exterior

by: Kirsten Land on November 18th, 2014 about Residential Roofing

firefighters extinguish a fireSome of you may know that October was fire prevention month. Our project manager, Todd Davis, is a volunteer fireman and sees homes catch fire quickly, often due to homeowner negligence. A fire can start in an instant.

We believe it’s important to be aware of preventative measures you can take to ensure your home is less prone to fire damage.

  • Clean your roof and gutters. All it takes is a spark in your gutters and your roof is up in flames.
  • Keep grass short and watered.
  • Stack firewood away from the home.
  • Reduce density of the surrounding forest. Especially eliminate highly flammable shrubs and trees, like cedars. Make sure all shrubs and trees are at least 10 feet away from the home.
  • Prune trees so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet off the ground.
  • Keep the bedding areas around your house clean. Remove dry and dead plant material from your home.
  • Focus on creating a fireproof zone for 100 feet around the house, filled with low vegetation like grass.

In October 2014, a grass fire raged on near Portland Rd between 178th and 192nd. Luckily no structures were affected, but they very easily could have. All it takes is a spark.

If there’s a fire in your neighborhood, turn on your sprinklers and spray down your roof. It may not make much of a difference if the fire is completely out of control, but it’s worthwhile to try and protect your home.

At Land Enterprises Roofing we inspect many roofs every year that have premature wear and tear due to tree branches and debris accumulating in the valleys of the roof and gutters. This is why we created a roof maintenance program for residential homes.

We know many homeowners do not have the time or the desire to climb a ladder to perform these kinds of chores. If you are interested in learning more about this program or would like a free roof inspection, call our office at 359-3951 today.

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