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If you’re searching for a roofing company that specializes in all things concerning commercial roofing, contact us at Shencorp Inc, proudly serving Winchester, VA, Charlottesville, VA, Waynesboro, VA, Richmond, VA, Virginia Beach, VA, and other parts of the Mid-Atlantic region. Since 1977, Shencorp Inc. has specialized in commercial roofing and commercial protective roof coating services. Since then, we have become the leading choice for industrial and commercial roofing services for customers throughout Virginia.

It’s autumn, and we know what that means: the beautiful leaves change colors and fall! Unfortunately, many people know that falling leaves means debris and extra clean up. Can leaves hurt your commercial roof? The short answer: yes.

Leaves can gather and accumulate on flat commercial roofing systems with ease. While leaves aren’t likely to create impact damage, break skylights, or grow into your HVAC system, they can do some damage all their own. Leaves aren’t a “non-issue” when it comes to your roofing system, and it’s something that every business owner should consider when they evaluate how prepared their property is for the fall season. You wouldn’t leave leaves piling up on your yard or on your sidewalk, and you shouldn’t allow them to pile up on your commercial roofing system either.

So, what exactly can leaves do to your commercial roofing system? Leaves are lightweight, they disintegrate, and they’re natural, so what can go wrong? Leaves left to accumulate on your commercial roofing system can cause a number of different important to address roofing issues:

  • Roof rotting issues: leaves know how to hold on to moisture, and when they’re on your roof, they’ll hold onto that moisture while resting on the surface of your property’s roofing system. This can lead to premature rotting of your roofing materials underneath, leading to roofing system weakening. With a weak roof surface, you could find yourself with serious damages rapidly.
  • Bring along pests: leaves don’t always come alone, and some pests can be common hitchhikers on leaves falling from trees and onto roofing systems. These pests can then make their way into your property leading to infestations requiring the assistance of an exterminator.
  • Leaks: when leaves are particularly wet, and that moisture causes a breakdown of your roofing system components, some of that water may begin seeping inside. These leaks will then need to be addressed in the form of a roofing replacement or repair, as well as mold and moisture remediation inside.

So how do you take care of leaves? A good idea is to remove any trees that may be leading to leaf accumulation on your commercial roof, and to opt for professional roofing inspections and cleanings with each season to ensure your roof remains free of leaves and other debris. The right commercial roofing professionals will leave you confident that your roof is ready for fall, for winter, and for all seasons of the year. If you’re looking to clear your roof of leaves or prepare your roofing system for fall, contact Shencorp Total Roofing Services today.