By Adam Cabrera.
As storm and fire seasons get longer and more frequent, homeowners face the recurring anxiety of keeping their homes safe. In a recent episode of the AskARoofer podcast, industry leaders Wendy Marvin, CEO and founder of Matrix Roofing and Home Solutions, and Lee Lipniskis, the head of Levello Construction, shared invaluable insights on this subject.
It can be important for homeowners to seek out advice from experts who understand the safety and long-term welfare of houses. One tip Wendy shared during their conversation was using specialized intake vents with mesh to thwart sparks and prevent external wildfires from reaching inside. “What happened with us, there was a wildfire across the river, and nobody thought it would cross the river, and it did. Because we found out that sparks can fly up to three miles,” Wendy said.
Lee, while highlighting some challenges in the Denver area, pointed out, "We're a pretty tepid climate, and a lot of people don't use their fireplaces. The chimney on the outside, the brick loses its sealant... The bricks get saturated, and the water starts running in the house." As such, homeowners should be vigilant about routine maintenance checks, especially ahead of storm season.
When it comes to hail, moving bushes and landscaping, coupled with clean gutters, can drastically reduce potential damage. And should the worst happen, both guests advised homeowners to contact a professional roofing company before reaching out to their insurance. Why? To ensure that a precise damage assessment is done, bolstered by photographic evidence.
Whether it's storm or fire season, the consensus was clear: collaboration, early prevention, and seeking expert advice are paramount. And with Wendy and Lee at the helm of businesses like Matrix and Levello, homeowners are in empathetic and highly skilled hands.
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Adam Cabrera is a writer and podcast producer for the Coffee Shops and AskARoofer™. When he isn't writing about roofs he enjoys camping in the Rocky Mountains, going to concerts and playing music.
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