The Australian summer is renowned for soaring temperatures and devastating bushfires that can devastate entire communities and leave houses in ruins. The effects of these fires can take a psychological toll on homeowners, as well as force them to spend thousands of dollars on costly repairs and the replacement of possessions. These fires can spread so rapidly that they put lives in danger.
There are several ways that you can fireproof the roof and gutters in Perth to ensure that a fire doesn’t start. Here at Cool Spec, we have lots of experience in assisting people with this particular problem. Read our helpful guide in order to learn some useful prevention techniques.
Choose Guttering That Has Been Made From Fireproof Material
The first step to making the guttering and roof fire resistant is to choose material that has been rigorously tested to ensure that it will not catch fire or melt due to there being a blaze. Modern guttering is made out of material that will not easily catch fire, and this is something that we pride ourselves on. In the event of a fire on the roof, the guttering will remain intact and will not have to be extensively repaired. This will save you money, allowing you to allocate your finances for other repairing jobs around the house.
Choose Slate For The Roof Tiles
There are many different materials that can be used to cover the roof. Some people will choose ceramic tiles, whilst others will opt for layers of asphalt. These are good choices, especially from an aesthetic point of view. However, you will also need to consider the fire-resistant qualities of the material that you are going to use on the roof. With this in mind, you should seriously consider putting slate tiles on the roof. Slate can withstand extremely high temperatures – which is useful since the hottest that Australia gets in the summer is well into the 40s. The material is also fire-resistant.
Clear Leaves And Debris Out Of The Gutter
Leaves and debris can fall from trees or get blown onto the roof by strong winds. Much of this debris will find its way into the gutters and pipes outside your home. If this is the case, then it could present an extremely volatile fire hazard for your house. The debris and leaves can become extremely dry and they can act as tinder for a fire that will quickly set all the debris alight and could engulf the whole house in a matter of minutes.
Choosing the right material for the roof will help to prevent this debris-fuelled fire from spreading. As already discussed, the slate is one of the most effective materials for making sure that the roof will not completely catch fire.
Fireproofing the roof is something that many homeowners will not give a second thought to, since we all lead busy lives. Hopefully, this guide will have educated you about the best ways to safeguard the roof against Australian summers. If you have any roofing needs, why not contact us today?