Outdoor activity in Palatine and our surrounding communities has been challenged today by the “very unhealthy” air quality rating that has been issued due to wildfire smoke. As multiple fires continue to rage out of control in Canada, a reported 151 homes and over 200 structures have burned, the entire situation creating particulate in the air dangerous to many.
Experiences are varying as people attempt to shelter indoors, largely based on how effectively each home is updated for conditions such as these and has been sealed from the elements. If you are struggling with smoke penetrating your home today, you may want to look into the following issues. Not only can these updates help with the effects of summer controlled burns / wildfires, but they can also reduce other particulate, like dust and allergens.
Protecting a home from wildfire smoke requires a comprehensive approach that includes improvements to the roof, siding, and windows. Starting with the roof, one effective measure is to install Class A fire-rated roofing materials. These materials, such as asphalt shingles treated with fire-resistant coatings, can significantly reduce the risk of fire ignition from floating embers. Additionally, ensuring proper attic ventilation and sealing any gaps or cracks in the roof can prevent smoke infiltration into the home.
If you have concerns your home may be vulnerable to the elements, we’d be happy to help. Our team will perform a thorough inspection in and outside your home, providing a complete plan and assessment of how our updates can resolve your issues. Feel free to learn more by visiting our YouTube Channel, exploring our website, and / or by contacting us at 847.847.2883.