How To Remove Leaves From Your Roof

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 by Michael Fortenberry

Cool, crisp air. Steamy beverages. The crunch of leaves under your feet. What's not to love about autumn? It's a beautiful time of year. But any reputable roof building contractor in Lamb County, TX, will tell you the same leaves that add a touch of charm to your walkway can cause serious trouble for your roof. If you don't remove them, the leaves trap moisture and slowly break down roofing materials. A pile of wet leaves also creates the perfect environment for mold and algae growth. Here are a few ways to safely remove leaves from your roof.


How To Remove Leaves From Your Roof

Telescoping Leaf Rake

If you have a single-story home surrounded by low landscaping, your roof will probably stay clean without much maintenance. Use a leaf rake designed for roofing to remove dry leaves that have collected near your chimney or in roof valleys. Telescoping designs that extend to 15-20 feet also work on multi-level homes. Some leaf rakes can also double as snow removal tools for your roof.

Garden Hose

Taller roofs or piles of wet leaves may require more than a leaf rake for removal. Using a garden hose to loosen and wash them off is often effective. However, never use a pressure washer as this may force water up under your shingles and cause more damage than the leaves would.

Leaf Blower

A leaf blower makes quick work of leaf removal on walkable roofs with a low slope, such as those found on porch transitions, garages, or certain styles of homes. It is not recommended that you climb on a roof with a steep pitch and try to use a leaf blower; stay safe and leave this job to a professional. For more information on removing leaves from your roof or to schedule a roof inspection, contact Fortenberry Roofing Co., a trusted roof building contractor in Lamb County, TX.

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