Fall Leaves: Beautiful Everywhere Except On Your Roof!

Fall - what a wonderful time of the year! 

Football is back in action, the summer heat subsides and the foliage starts turning amazing colors. If you've ever wondered what causes this event in nature, check out this article on how leaves stop their food-making process and the chlorophyll breaks down (for all you science-lovers).

For the rest of us, we can just revel in the beauty of it all. However, being South Carolina's most trusted roofing company since 1950, we do need to make sure you enjoy those leaves on the trees or in the yard - versus piling up on your shingled roof.

Leaves on your roof – not good.

Leaves can clog your gutters, clump up against chimneys, and form piles in tight corners on your roof. And leaves are organic. Organic material decomposes and also retains water and moisture. As more and more leaves begin to pile on top of other decomposing leaves, they will collect even more moisture. 

Your roof is designed to repel water, but asphalt shingles are not designed to fight long-term moisture that just sits and sits in the same areas for extended periods of time. This standing moisture can lead to eventual mold, mildew, and rot – which will spread to and through your shingles and roof decking eventually.

In addition to the moisture, wet leaves can be heavy. If you have a section of your roof where large amounts of leaves have piled up, imagine the additional weight that is continuously putting additional stress on your roof. Combine this with the moisture issues listed above, and you've got some serious problems long-term for your roof.

The good news:

Regular maintenance can easily get these colorful little guys off your house, and keep your roof in great shape for years to come. Check out this great YouTube video from the weather channel on tips for cleaning fall leaves.

So this fall, Clyde Nettles invites you to enjoy the fall foliage and keep an eye on your roof at the same time. If you do have any questionable spots on your roof, or just have an older roof that may need inspecting, contact us today. 

And if you live in South Carolina, and really want to see some beautiful fall colors, check out this great article: The 22 Best Stops for Fall Color on the Blue Ridge Parkway! Some of them are just a short drive up the road, and definitely worth a long day trip or weekend visit :).

803-754-ROOF • ClydeNettles.com


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