If you have trees that hang over your roof, your roof may be filled with leaves, pine needles, and twigs. It is important to remove this debris from your roof before winter hits. Rain can wash this debris off your roof and into the gutters, causing a gutter clog. The debris may also impede the flow of water off of your roof, leading to ice forming on your roof. Trimming back your trees so debris doesn't wind up on the roof is recommended. But if it is too late for that, here are a few ways that you can remove debris from your roof.
Use a Leaf Blower
One of the best ways to remove debris from a roof is to use a leaf blower. Climb a ladder on a nice day when your roof is not wet or slick. Wear non-slip shoes, and stand on your roof. Point the leaf blower toward the debris, and blow the debris off of the roof. Do not aim the blower at one area for too long, as a leaf blower may be able to blow away loosely attached roof shingles. Continue the process of blowing your roof clean until all of the debris has been removed.
Use a Broom or Roof Rake
Another way to remove debris from your roof is to use a soft-bristled broom or roof rake. Climb up on the ladder. Staying on the ladder, reach upward with your roof rake or soft-bristled broom, and slowly sweep debris downward. Continue moving your ladder and re-positioning yourself until your roof is clear of debris.
Hire a Professional
The final way to remove debris from your roof is to hire a residential roofing contractor to clean your roof. Not everyone has the ability or desire to climb a ladder and clean their roof. If this is a task that you cannot or would rather not do, a roofing professional can remove debris. They can also clean your roof, removing bird dropping, algae growth, and other residue that may have built up on your roofing materials.
After you have remove debris from your roof, it is recommended that you take the time to clean out your gutters as well. The debris that you removed from the roof could have wound up in the gutters, which can lead to problems down the road. Taking the time to remove debris from both your roof and gutters now will help water to flow from the roof, through the gutters, and away from your home when stormy weather arrives.