Why Removing Leaves On Your Roof Is Important
As the leaves fall from the trees, it’s important to remember that they also need to be removed from your roof. Leaves can create a serious hazard if left on your roof, so make sure you take the time to remove them.
Here are some reasons why removing leaves is important.
Prevent Water From Pooling
Residential roofs are most commonly damaged by water pooling. When leaves and other debris accumulate on your roof, they can create dams that cause water to back up and pool on the surface of your roof. This can lead to a number of problems, including:
– mold and mildew growth
– wood rot
– shingle damage
By regularly removing leaves and other debris from your roof, you can help prevent water from pooling and causing damage.
The more water accumulating on the roof, the heavier it can get. That can then cause a section of the roofing system to cave in. Alternatively, undrained water may enter the building through the roof’s vent stacks.
Such problems can lead to interior damage or even structural concerns. They also cost more to fix than to remove leaves.
Prevent Water Seepage
If your roof has a steep slope, you still need to remove leaves from it, as they can lead to water seepage. That can happen since dead leaves act as a sponge for the excess moisture. They also prevent water from draining as it usually does.
As a result, the water can seep downwards and under the roofing material. Ultimately, that can lead to the water finding a nail hole or other means of access into the structure.
Moreover, leaves on a steep-slope roof can eventually drop into and clog gutters. Clogged gutters, in turn, can overflow. The water can then seep down the soffit and fascia and, finally, into the building.
Additionally, the water that spills out of the gutters can damage the soil or concrete below. It may also make its way into the building’s foundation, causing structural damage.
For that reason, please ensure you regularly remove leaves on your roof. Better yet, invest in professional roof maintenance. This program includes inspecting and cleaning your roof and drainage of debris.
Minimize Risks of Pests and Molds
Stagnant water attracts bugs, including mosquitoes that lay eggs in, on, or near pools. Mosquitoes are widespread in the US, but some states, including Florida, have it worse. The Sunshine State alone is home to about 80 species of these blood-sucking insects.
Dead leaves also attract bugs that feed on them, such as mites, pillbugs, and woodlice. And if the plant litter leads to water damage, termites and molds can invade your building, too.
Molds aren’t only unpleasant-looking; they also lead to property damage. Moreover, they can cause adverse reactions in the 6% to 10% of Americans with mold allergies.
Have Professionals Remove Leaves on Your Roof
As you can see, getting rid of leaves on your roof can help prevent both roof and building damage. It can also keep pests at bay, especially critters that can bring disease.
Those are good enough reasons never to let unwanted plant litter pile up on your commercial roof.
Do you need assistance with leaf removal and roof maintenance? If so, our team here at Eagle Rivet Roofing can help. Contact us today so we can help you extend the life of your commercial roof.