Cold weather is a recognizable hallmark of the fall season. So are the autumn leaves that have changed color and collected in your yard. If you haven’t yet, be sure to get rid of them before winter starts. Don’t forget the roofing system as well, as it is also a prime spot where fallen leaves accumulate. Leaf buildup on this part of your home, as it turns out, can have negative consequences.
How Fallen Leaves Affect Your Roof’s Performance
Despite being dry, fallen leaves from nearby trees can still collect moisture as they sit on your roof’s surface undisturbed. They start to get damp as the outdoor temperatures drop, eventually forming clusters in each corner of your roof. They can also get soggy when it rains, which is not good for your roof’s asphalt shingles. That’s because the accumulated moisture from the leaves can seep through the surface and into the inner roof layers, causing mold and rot damage. If left unaddressed, this moisture can ruin the roof’s structural integrity. It can also result in leaks in your attic and ceiling.
The leaves and other debris can also clog your gutter system and cause water to back up. This can lead to costly roof and gutter repair. Wet leaves can also become as heavy as snowfall. The added weight can cause sagging in some areas and compromise the inner roofing structure if they’re not cleared off.
How Can You Prevent Roofing Damage?
One of the most effective ways to prevent roof damage from fallen leaves is to clear them out before they accumulate. Regular gutter cleaning is also imperative, because fallen leaves tend to end up forming clogs that prevent water runoff from draining smoothly away from your property. A few preventive measures can also be considered, such as trimming some of the branches hanging near or above your roof. This not only prevents leaves from falling on the roof but also reduces the chance of branches breaking off during strong winds and damaging your roof.
Chase Roofing LLC is your top choice for roof repair and maintenance services. You can reach us at (757) 872-0700 (Yorktown) or (757) 206-1948 (Williamsburg). You can also fill out our online contact form to get a free estimate. We serve customers in Newport News, VA, and nearby areas.