Your home isn't the only structure that's vulnerable to fire damage. If you have a greenhouse on your property, a fire can also cause irreversible and expensive damages to the building and plants inside it. A professional fire restoration team, like one from Central Flood Management Inc, can help you restore the greenhouse if does catch fire. But if you want to prevent fire damage in the first place, take special precautions to keep your greenhouse safe. Here's what you do.
Place Fire-Resistant Tarp Over Your Greenhouse's Roof
If a fire starts anywhere on your home, it has the potential to spread to the structures around it very quickly, especially if it's windy outside. In addition, if your home sits close to the greenhouse or towers over it, hot ash, wood and other pieces of the home can fall on the greenhouse's roof. However, placing a fire-resistant tarp over the roof of your greenhouse may help prevent massive damages to it, as well as keep the fire from spreading inside the greenhouse.
There are several features you can look for when shopping for your greenhouse tarp, including these below:
A UV-resistant tarp keeps the greenhouse cool during hot, summer days. The greenhouse can trap heat from the sun inside it. If there's a fire, the trapped heat may attract the flames and hot gases of a fire.
Flame-retardant or resistant material adds more protection to your greenhouse because it acts as a barrier against a fire's heat. Choose a tarp in industrial grade, pure or organic cotton that's used to make the clothing of electrical workers. This type of material doesn't immediately catch fire or react to heat by warming up, exploding or melting. Pure cotton contains fewer hazardous gases, chemicals and bleaches than flammable materials, such as wood or manufactured cotton.
Additionally, consider purchasing and installing a flame-resistant or retardant tarp with a thick texture. The thickness may protect the plants inside your greenhouse from heat damage. A white tarp may also protect your greenhouse.
White and other light colors tend to block the absorption of heat better than black, blue and other dark hues. As a result, your greenhouse stays cooler day and night. Building contractors and other specialists often recommend installing a lighter-colored roof on homes than a darker-colored roof for this reason. Lighter colors reflect heat and light better than dark colors, so keep this in mind when you shop for your tarp.
Once you obtain the ideal tarp covering for your greenhouse's roof, reinforce the foundation around the greenhouse with special shrubbery.
Plant Fire-Retardant and Resistant Shrubbery Around Your Greenhouse
A number of shrubs, plants and vegetables have natural fire-retardant or resistant features that help keep fires from affecting your greenhouse. These include:
- Rose bushes
Plants that have thick roots, such as tubers, make excellent barriers against fire damage because they soak up and hold onto moisture and water. You can place these types of plants and the ones mentioned above around your greenhouse, as well as inside it. If you want added protection, consider planting certain tree species like cherry or maple around the property. These trees act as natural heat and fire combatants.
You can obtain a list of plants and shrubs that help fight fires from your fire restoration experts, or you can call a wildlife and tree preservationist for more details.
Insure Your Greenhouse
Your home's insurance may not cover your greenhouse if it experiences fire damage. However, you can obtain extra coverage for your greenhouse to protect it, or to replace the items inside it if a fire destroys them. The coverage may also take care of any fire damage restoration services you need completed on the greenhouse.
Protecting your greenhouse and the valuable plants inside it from a disastrous fire isn't as hard as you may think. If you need additional advice on how to make restorations to your greenhouse in case of a fire, contact your fire experts today for tips and a detailed consultation.