While all of those shade trees around your home are wonderful on hot summer days, they aren't so great in the fall when they start dropping their leaves and twigs onto your home's roof and into its rain gutters. Cleaning out the rain gutters and removing all of the leaf litter from your home's roof each fall will prevent unnecessary roof damage.

If you don't have any experience cleaning your home's roof or rain gutters, then these tips will help you do so safely and effectively:

Tip: Clean Off the Roof and Gutters When It's Warm Outside and the Roof is Dry

The leaves on your roof will be very slippery when they are wet. To greatly increase your safety level when cleaning off the roof, always work on a warm day when the roof and shed leaves are dry.

Tip: Use a Safety Harness if Sweeping the Leaves

If you will be sweeping the leaves off of your roof with a broom or will blow them off with a leaf blower, then it is important you use a safety harness. Connecting to a safety harness allows you to direct your attention towards removing the leaves, and it will prevent you from falling off of the roof if you get too close to the edge or slip and fall on the leaves.

Tip: Scoop Out the Rotting Leaves in the Rain Gutters Using a Large Kitchen Spoon

Rather than simply washing all of the rotting leaf material from your gutters down the downspouts and risking a clog, instead, use a large kitchen spoon and a bucket to remove them. Once removed, these wet leaves make excellent compost for your spring gardens.

Tip: Prune Any Tree Limbs Hitting Your Roof When the Wind Blows

Any tree limbs that will hit your roof when the wind blows are a danger to your rain gutters and roof. As you clean off the roof, make note of each branch that is hitting it and make a point to prune them back before the first winter storm.

Tip: Consider Having Your Roof Professionally Inspected and Repaired Before the Winter Storms Start

In conclusion, if you notice any signs of roof damage while you are cleaning your roof and gutters, then you should consider having them professionally inspected by a licensed roofing contractor. If any damaged areas are found, then the roofing contractor can repair the damage before winter storms blow in and potentially cause expensive damages. Contact a local roofing contractor, such as The Roof Doctor, to schedule a time when your roof can be inspected and cleaned.