Pine straw is made of clumps of pine needles that collect even in tight areas on your roof, which makes cleaning a must if you happen to have pine trees around your property. Certified roofing contractor Infinity Roofing Contractors discusses the reasons that make pine straw bad news for your roof.
It Traps Moisture
You may have already received advice from gutter contractors about how it’s a bad idea to keep leaves in the gutters, particularly because it traps moisture in the gutters and leads to corrosion issues. Pine straw has the same effect on the roof. Wet pine straw stuck between shingles retains moisture that encourages mold and moss growth.
It Forms Clumps
The term “pine straw” describes pine needles that form clumping mats around crevices on the roof, especially in areas that require flashings. Pine straw can be hard to remove once clumps are formed, and often requires professional roofing cleaning.
It Can Open Gaps in the Roof
Pine straw, or individual pine needles, can get forced into the gaps between shingles, which, if not removed, can get wedged further in, resulting in cracks. Laminate shingles are twice as thick as traditional three-tab shingles so they’re less prone to cracking.
It Can Cause Gutters to Clog
Gutters can also suffer from pine straws. Unlike other types of leaves, pine needles can get past most types of gutter protection systems because of its size. It can get into gutter joints, corners, and even the downspout. Thorough gutter cleaning and maintenance is required to make sure pine needles don’t clog the gutters. Consider investing in seamless gutters and gutter covers to minimize the chances of letting it into the gutters.
It Can Trigger Allergies
Pine straw traps pollen, especially during the warm summer months. If you happen to have allergies triggered by pollen, you may want to avoid cleaning your roof and gutters of pine straw.
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