Pine needle straw can be great for landscaping, but it can be bad news for your home. It usually collects in hard-to-reach areas such as the corners, valleys and gutters of your roof. In other words, pine straw may end up in places you don’t want it to and you’ll need to get rid of it as quickly as possible. Professional roof cleaning provider Sunco Window Cleaning LLC discusses a few reasons you shouldn’t ignore pine straw on your roof and in your gutters and downspouts.
It Traps Plenty of Moisture
A layer of pine needles traps moisture and encourages the growth of moss or mold that can damage your roof. The thicket they form prevents moisture from escaping, forcing it to sit on and damage your roof. You could be in for expensive repairs if you neglect this for too long. While pine straw mulch is much-loved for retaining moisture for gardens and yards, that kind of moisture retention is bad news for your roof and gutters.
Pine needles can form clumping mats with ease. These needles can be more annoying than transient leaves. A mat that builds up in the valleys of your roof is rarely dislodged, and so it results in damage to the shingles underneath. Our roof and gutter cleaning services at Sunco Window Cleaning LLC can deal with these problems.
Shingle Cracks and Clogged Gutters
Strong winds can force pine needles up under your shingle edges, leading to gaps and leaks. Left alone, needles can lie in these small cracks for long periods, compromising your roof. When pine needles get washed off your roof, they are likely to form new clumps in your gutters. Those clumps make it easier for your gutters to get clogged. Clogged gutters need more extensive cleaning that is usually only done by a professional.
Consider not only your roof’s health but your own and the health of your family members. Pine needles trap pollen and you don’t want to deal with that problem if you have allergies.
It’s vital to have a preventive mindset when dealing with pine straw. Clear them before winter storms and right after winter. Pine needles fall on your roof the whole year, especially in bad weather. Remember, though, that you can damage your roof by walking on it or using the wrong tools. Always get expert help from roof, gutter and window cleaning professionals like Sunco Window Cleaning LLC.
Falling pine needles clump together and can cause various problems for your roof. Trust Sunco Window Cleaning LLC for cleaning and power washing services. We serve residents in Edgewood, WA, and nearby communities. Call us at (253) 257-1969 to learn more about what we can do for you.