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Will Fall Leaves Cause My Metal Roof to Rust?

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As autumn approaches, many homeowners worry about the impact that falling leaves can have on their roofs. If you have a metal roof, you may be concerned about the potential for rust to develop due to leaves resting on your roof for long periods. Can Fall leaves and damp weather cause your metal roof to rust? What should you do to prevent this from happening?

Metal Roofs and Moisture

Metal roofs are incredibly durable and can withstand a variety of weather conditions. Metal roof panels from Metal Roofing Systems are designed to resist rust and corrosion and last several decades. We use top-quality metals and advanced technologies to produce the finest metal roof panels and accessories available. Our metal roofs are such a popular choice for many homeowners. However, if leaves are left on a metal roof for an extended period, they can cause problems.

The concern with leaves on a metal roof is that they can trap moisture. When leaves are wet, they can hold moisture against the roof’s surface, leading to rust and corrosion over time. Additionally, leaves can provide a breeding ground for mold and mildew, which can also contribute to the deterioration of your roof.

Caring for Your Metal Roof

What can you do to prevent fall leaves from causing damage to your metal roof? The best approach is to keep your roof clean and clear of debris. This means regularly removing leaves, branches and other debris that may accumulate on your roof. You can use a broom or leaf blower to remove leaves and other debris from your roof or hire a professional to do the job.

Another wise action is to trim trees so there are no overhanging branches over or near your metal roof. This can reduce the amount of leaves falling on the roof and help keep it free of moisture-holding leaves and branches.

We also recommend installing gutter guards to prevent leaves and other debris from entering your gutters and causing clogs. When your gutters are clogged, water can back onto your roof, leading to moisture buildup and eventual rust and corrosion.

A regularly scheduled roof inspection can ensure that it remains in good condition. A professional roofing contractor can inspect your roof for signs of damage, rust, leaks or other issues and recommend repairs or maintenance. This is especially recommended after severe weather storms or when debris impacts your metal roof.

Metal Roofs for Homes and Businesses

While fall leaves can potentially cause damage to your metal roof, there are steps you can take to prevent this from happening. Protect your home or business roof by keeping it clean and clear of debris, installing gutter guards and trimming away nearby tree branches to reduce falling debris landing on your roof.

Contact Metal Roofing Systems today to learn more about the durability of metal roofs and our other metal wall and soffit products.

Posted on behalf of Metal Roofing Systems

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