How Can Leaves Affect Your Roof?

If you live in Delaware, or the surrounding areas, you are probably seeing a lot of leaves falling off your trees. Though the many colors of the changing trees can be beautiful, overtime, leaves can actually cause damage to your roof in multiple different ways. This is why it is important to keep your roof clear of leaves. If you live in Delaware or the surrounding areas, and you find that leaves are piling up on your roof, it is important to either clean them yourself— if you know a way to safely do so— or call on a professional to do so for you. So, how do leaves cause damage to your roof? Let’s take a look:

  1. Leaves can get caught in your gutters, clogging them. When this happens, water on your roof has nowhere to go, making it possible to experience leaks and ice dams.
  2. Leaves on your roof can trap water and liquid beneath them, sometimes resulting in the growth of mold, algae, moss, and mildew. When these grow on your roof, they can negatively impact your shingles, shortening their lifespan.
  3. The moisture on leaves can also cause shingles to warp and weigh down on your roof. It can also cause certain materials, like wood, to rot. 

If you live in Delaware or the surrounding areas, and you have been dealing with leaves piling on your roof, you should either clear them off or call a professional. If you already have roof damage from leaves, give us a call so we can offer a free consultation or inspection. If you suspect you have any issues with your roof, the sooner you have them taken care of, the better. We are here to help!

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