The Danger of Leaves and Debris on Your Roof

Fall is in full swing which means that leaves are falling and starting to pile up. You can rake all day, use the leaf blower for hours, and yet a few days later the ground is almost covered again. We’re usually aware of the leaves on the ground, but how often do you look up to check the amount of leaves on your roof? While leaves in your yard won’t do any real damage, the leaves piled up on your roof could.

Water Damage

When leaves pile up on your roof and sit for an extended amount of time, they tend to collect water and turn into a soggy mess. If left untouched, they will continue to collect even more water and clump together. When water stands on the shingles, they will eventually start to deteriorate which then leads to rotting boards underneath. Not only is that bad for the integrity of your roof, but it can also cause a leak in the roof, which can damage the structure, sheetrock, belongings, and furniture inside your house. Roofs with low pitch that are surrounded by lots of trees may experience this issue more than other roofs. So what should you do if you walk outside right now and see leaves on your roof?

Cleaning The Roof

Your roof (and gutters too) need to have the leaves removed. We recommend calling your Birmingham roof repair experts at USA Roofing or our locations in Decatur, AL or Huntsville, AL. We can clear off the leaves and then check to make sure they haven’t caused any noticeable damage or structural issues. If you choose to clean the roof or gutters yourself, please do it safely. We recommend staying on the ground and look for piled up soggy leaves, instead of getting on the roof to check. It is always best to have a USA Roofing professional come out and inspect your roof because we have the right equipment and training for these things.

Prevention

There are some pretty simple ways to prevent a leafy, soggy mess on your roof. To keep the majority of the leaves from landing on your roof in the first place, keep tree limbs trimmed back so that they aren’t hanging over your home. At the same time, this will allow your roof to get more sunlight which will help prevent mold and mildew growth. It’s also a good way to prevent damage from falling tree branches. Make it a habit to regularly check your roof and gutters for an excessive amount of leaves and take care of it as soon as possible.

Who would have thought that something as simple as leaves could cause a big issue? Contact us today to learn more!

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