Can Fallen Leaves and Debris Damage Your Roof?

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The fall season is fully underway, which means leaves are starting to fall and pile up. The ground can be mowed for days, then blown by the leaf blower for hours. But the leaves are almost always there again a few days later. While we are usually aware of the leaves that are on the ground, how often do we look up to see the amount on our roofs? The leaves that fall from your lawn won’t cause any damage, but the leaves that are piled up on your roof can.

Water Damage

If leaves are left to pile up on your roof, and they sit for a long time, they can collect water and become a soggy mess. If they are not taken care of, the leaves will collect more water and become clumped together. They will eventually deteriorate if water collects on them, which can lead to decaying boards beneath. This can not only damage your roof’s integrity but can also cause leaks in your roof.

Cleaning the Roof

Do not attempt to clean the gutters or roof yourself. Instead of climbing up onto the roof to inspect it for soggy leaves and piled-up debris, we recommend that you stay on the ground. In the USA, roofing professionals are trained and equipped to inspect roofs.

Prevention

You can prevent your roof from becoming a soggy, leafy mess by following these simple steps. Keep the tree limbs trimmed so they don’t hang over your house. This will prevent most leaves from falling on your roof. This will also allow your roof to receive more sunlight, which will prevent mildew and mold growth. This is a great way to protect your roof from damage caused by falling tree branches. It’s a good habit to check your roof and gutters regularly for excessive leaves. Get it fixed as soon as you can.

This post was written by a roofing specialist at All Star Roofing. We offer the best roof repair Tampa in the Bay. We are a family-owned and operated roofing business, striving to be the best in our industry. Our family has been in the Tampa Bay area for over 60 years, and our objective has always been to provide roofing services at a fast, reliable, and competitive rate. All Star has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.

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