Trees are very beneficial and add beauty to any yard. As a result, they are often planned into the landscape design. Strategically placed trees can benefit the HVAC system, provide healthier air, shade, protection from winds, offer entertainment, and even food. Though trees are great additions to any garden, it is essential they are not close to your home. Usually heavy rains or snow, long-term effects of wear and tear, and so forth comes in mind when it comes to threats on your roof. Unless you have experienced it, few realize that trees can contribute to plenty of roof damages. The most common ways that trees are causing damage to your roof is what we at Skyline Designs Roofing & Restorations would like share today in an effort to help you avoid these issues.
Overhanging Tree Branches
With seasonal weather conditions contributing to deterioration, the excessive winds pose a problem. The overhanging branches can snap over the impact of snow and wind, which then fall to the roof, compromising the shingle’s integrity. The damage builds up and causes leaks eventually as well. You should have a ten-foot radius around your home, free of branches to prevent tree branches from falling and damaging the roof. Be sure to take the time to inspect the trees for signs of decay, if any are questionable, have them removed. Also, ensure the professionals are taking care of the tree removal and branch trimming to avoid accidental damage.
Leaf Buildup on Roof
As silly as it may sound, leaves can contribute to roof damage. Over time, leaf accumulation on the roof, particularly the dense quantities and even under snow or rain, will increase the moisture exposure, and over time, lead to damaged shingles and raw materials. Not will water damage occur, but the enduring weight of the wet leaves will also play a role. It is critical you eliminate the risk and keep the roof cleat from excessive leaves.
In addition to leaves, other manner of debris is collected in the gutters. Clogs and other damage occur when branches, pests that choose trees as a habitat can have easy access, seeds, and other tree paraphernalia collect in the downspouts and gutters. Especially just before winter when the majority of the leaves have fallen at the tail-end of fall, it is in your best interest to ensure the gutters are cleaned regularly.
Being more common than you think, falling trees is a major threat to roofs. Even the less intimidating trees can still be a threat. Especially those that can reach your home if they fall, it is important that you regularly inspect your trees. Learn to identify any potential damage from severe storms and look for signs rot and decay. contact a pro to remove them as quickly as possible should you believe you have any trees that can be deemed a hazard.