While the orange-brown leaves in the fall look enchanting, it is not a good idea to let them stay on your roof for a long period. Leaves are likely to collect on your roof because they are damp from drizzle, and wet leaves plastered against your roofing shingles are bad news as it can lead to all sorts of water damage. Read all about it here.
Why You Should Remove Fallen Leaves From Your Roof
Wet leaves can kickstart the decay of roofing shingles. Once your shingles are affected by rot, it is only a matter of time before they crack or break. Water can also seep underneath a missing shingle, which then exposes the underlayment to moisture. If left untreated, this can potentially result in leaks and structural damage in the attic. Soggy piles of leaves can also add substantial weight to your roof that is not designed to hold it for a long time.
How You Can Prevent Roof Damage From Fallen Leaves
- Trim back tree branches. The best solution to roof damage caused by fallen leaves is to go after the source of the problem — the trees in your yard. Trim them back so that the tip of the branches is at least 6 to 10 feet away from the roof. This makes it less likely for tree limbs to scrape shingles or fall on the roof during a storm.
- Clean the gutters. Your gutters need to be free of debris in order to effectively do their job, which is to channel water away from the home’s foundation. When wet leaves are left to collect on your roof, chances are they will eventually find their way into the gutters, creating clogs or, even worse, causing water to back up and damage your roof.
Do not wait until your roof is damaged before you do something. Let our professional roofers at MASCON INC. do all the necessary work. We will stay on top of your roofing maintenance for your long-term comfort and safety. Call (512) 376-5096, or fill out our online form to get started.