Many homeowners are aware that winds, snow, rain, and hail can cause significant damage to a roof, but did you know that fallen leaves can also lead to expensive roof repairs in Toronto if left over the winter months? Fall is a beautiful time of year, but once the colours start to fade, it is time to have a plan in place for removing the leaves before the snow starts to fly.
How Fallen Leaves Can Lead to Roof Leaks
Allowing leaves to fall and build up on your roof can start a chain reaction which may eventually lead to major roof leaks and damages. Over time, leaves can prevent water from properly draining off your roof, leading to the formation of puddles. Leaves themselves also retain moisture which can cause moss to develop on your roof or seep under the shingles. Shingles will begin to deteriorate and rot over the winter since they are not able to breathe and dry off. Moisture can then easily seep through the roofing underneath, causing structural rot and interior damage.
Moss and algae are a roof's natural enemies because they trap even more moisture than leaves alone, thereby expediting the deterioration over the winter. Furthermore, moss roots can destroy shingles by physically lifting them up and separating them from the roof. It’s important to take steps before your roof is covered in snow to remove leaves and allow for proper drainage.
Leaf Removal and Roof Leak Repair in Toronto
The best way to inspect your roof for leaf buildup, moss and algae growth, and physical damage is with a pair of binoculars from street level. Climbing onto a roof that is slippery with leaves and moisture is never a good idea. Leaf removal and leak repairs are best left for a residential roofing company in Toronto. Professional roofers are able to use a variety of tools and methods, such as a long-handled rake, leaf blower, or a jet spray, to safely perform the job.
The experienced roofing contractors at Alpine Roofing know how to safely and effectively clear your roof of leaves, moss, and algae. We also offer quality roof repair services that always leave our clients satisfied. If the roof of your Toronto home needs maintenance and repairs, contact us today for your free, no obligation estimate. We service many areas of the Greater Toronto Area, including North York, Toronto, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Markham, and Ajax.