When building a new home, simplifying the roofline and house outline can help reduce debris build-up and the potential for embers to get caught and catch alight in a bushfire. Metal roof sheeting may offer you greater protection than tiled roofs, as it’s firmly secured and sealed at junctions. If you choose to have a tiled roof, make sure to include an appropriate fire-rated sarking insulation immediately below the tiles. Fire-rated sarking insulation is designed for multipurpose use in all roof and wall types to create a fire barrier. In general, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re using non-combustible building materials and fire-retardant products, such as fire-resistant insulation, wherever possible.
If you’re renting, clear debris and leaves from the gutters and roof areas regularly.