Having a vacation home in the wilderness can be a great way to escape the demands of daily life. Unfortunately, these second homes are often placed in danger due to wildfires. Over 100,000 wildfires occur on average in the United States each year, which means that it's important you take precautions to prevent fire damage if you own a home in the wilderness.

Since your home's roof is a great access point for fire, here are three methods a professional roofing company can perform to prevent wildfires from entering through your vacation home's roof in the future.

1. Upgrade to a roof made from fire-resistant materials.

When it comes to selecting roofing materials for your vacation home, you should keep fire prevention in mind as you make a final decision. If you want to provide the maximum amount of protection for your vacation home against wildfire, you might want to consider upgrading to fiberglass-based asphalt shingles.

Because fiberglass is a non-flammable material, shingles made from fiberglass will not burn easily. At a cost of just $50 to $100 per square foot installed fiberglass-based asphalt shingles provide an affordable and stylish way to prepare your vacation home's roof to withstand wildfire.

2. Install a spark arrester in your chimney.

Glowing embers can easily find their way into your home through your chimney's vent located on your home's roof. If you want to prevent these burning embers from igniting a fire inside your home, you can install a spark arrester in your chimney.

A spark arrester is designed to trap any carbon particles larger than 0.023 inches in diameter. By redirecting these carbon particles (found in glowing embers) to a trap where they can be extinguished, a spark arrester can help protect your home against any burning debris that finds its way through the chimney vents located on your home's roof.

3. Be sure that your roof eaves are box framed.

If you notice that your vacation home has open eaves, box framing these eaves will help prevent fire from entering your home. Start by securing F channel fasteners under the eaves of your home with three-quarter inch screws.

Next, cut pieces of soffit board to size and attach them to your F channel fasteners. Be sure that you leave a quarter-inch gap at either end of the soffit board to allow for expansion and contraction. Finally, attach a fascia cap to give your box frame a finished look.

Protecting your vacation home from wildfire starts with ensuring your home's roofing system is ready. Upgrade to fire-resistant shingles, install a spark arrester in your chimney, and be sure that your eaves are box framed to provide maximum wildfire protection in the future.

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