The 4th of July for 2019 is days away.
As roofers, we have seen almost everything when it comes to “ways your roof can be ruined,” including fireworks. If you have presented your own mini-pyrotechnics show in your garden or driveway and watched sparks and debris pour down over your home, you might know what we’re talking about.
Fireworks are able to do some serious damage to your roof. Many types of fireworks are still flickering as they rain back down from the sky, which can spell disaster for your home. Some people might think that because their house has asphalt shingles (as opposed to the seemingly more flammable shake, or wood, shingles), their roof can “uphold” without incident. Regrettably, that’s just not the case. If your (asphalt shingled) roof has any cracked, broken, or missing shingles, the material underneath them (namely roof felt paper and wood decking) is extremely flammable – making your roof susceptible to catching fire.
This may not seem like a big deal until you think about the storms that hit not too long ago. Hail descending over neighborhoods wreaked complete and total damage on roofs all across the city. Because of the extent of the damage, many homeowners are still waiting for repairs and left damaged shingles vulnerable during the holiday.
So what can you do to protect your roof from being ruined by the after-effects of fireworks in the following years?
First, make sure to have any necessary repairs done to your roof BEFORE the 4th. If that’s not possible, renounce lighting any fireworks at your house and, head out to a show that’s put on by professionals (and is nowhere near your roof!)
Most realistically, make sure that all fireworks are lit AT LEAST 500 feet from your home – preferably further, if possible.
Whatever you decide, just know that at Innovative Roofing we are more than willing to lend a hand should you decide (or have fireworks decide for you) that a roof repair or replacement is in order.