Fall is Roof Leak Season In Seattle
Here is in Seattle we have many varieties of gorgeous trees, especially evergreens. With a name like evergreen you would think that falling leaves wouldn’t be a problem, but evergreens are one of the worst contributors to debris build up problems on roofs and gutters.
Evergreens drop needles continuously in the fall. The last few years have been particularly bad, because the amount of needles they drop is related to how dry the summer season has been; the more hot and Dry the weather has been, the more needles you will find.
Evergreen needles are rarely blown off the roof but rather build in valleys and under tree overhangs. Water build up behind the needles can cause roof leaks. Even if you do not see a roof leak, the water will flow under the shingles and onto the roof deck. Over time this will delaminate the plywood roof deck creating soft spots and eventually failure. For proper roof care make certain your roof and gutters are clear of debris build up.