The Consequences Of Not Cleaning Your Roof This Fall

by Connor Pena

Before fall wraps up, you need to get up on your roof and clean it up. Failing to clean your roof, or failure to hire someone to clean your roof, can result in long-term damage. Here are some of the consequences of not properly cleaning and taking care of your roof this fall.

Damaged Gutters

One of the most frequent consequences of not cleaning your roof is damaged gutters. Over the course of the fall, all the leaves around your house and in your neighborhood will be shedding their leaves. Many of these leaves will end up in your gutters.

If you don't clean up your gutters, these leaves will sit in your gutters over the winter. They will turn into mush, and weigh down your gutters. Water will not be able to flow through your gutters. Instead of being released into your drainage system, the water will sit with the muck created by the leaves, weighing down your gutters even more. This can cause your gutters to separate from your house or even fall off.

This environment also prevents a ripe environment for mold and mildew to thrive and grow. By the time next spring rolls around, you could be dealing with a big mold and mildew problem; all caused by failing to clean out your gutters.

Missing Shingles

Leaves are not the only debris that can end up on your roof during the fall months. Tree branches can fall onto your roof, and nearby tree branches can scrape against your roof. All falling tree branches need to be removed from your roof, and all long tree branches need to be trimmed.

A failure to do either of these things can cause the shingles on your roof to become damaged, compromised and can even cause them to wear off. This can damage the under layers of your roof and can lead to leaks.

Accelerated Wear

Finally, a fall roof inspection allows you to spot any cracks around the vents and windows in your house and address them before winter. It also allows you to spot and replace any missing shingles.

A failure to fix cracks and to replace missing shingles before winter hits can lead to a host of damage. To start with, water can seep into your roof's insulation, and create a perfect home for mold and mildew. Additionally, water can get into small cracks and expand when it freezes, thus expanding the crack, and making it more susceptible to damage, mold and leaks.

If you want to keep your roof looking good, make sure out take a few hours this fall to clean leaves out of your gutters, remove branches from your roof, and check for cracks and missing shingles. If you don't have the time to do it yourself, hire a roofer to inspect your roof. A simple fall inspection and cleaning will keep your roof from getting damaged this winter