What are the common roof problems caused by trees?
Hanging tree branches
Branches hanging over your home will damage your roof. If branches remain on or close to your roof, termites and other dangerous insects tend to linger and burrow into your roof. If a branch hangs enough to make contact with your your roof all year long, it can wear shingles down as the wind causes it to scrape back and forth. This wear and tear can lead to leaks and damaged shingles.
Moss can develop in shady areas
Trees that provide a lot of shade to your home and yard are usually an asset. But, the truth is, a shade that casts a lot of shade on your roof can create the perfect conditions for moss to develop on shingles and tiles. Moss can loosen or split shingles and significantly reduce the lifespan of the roof.
Falling trees or branches
We get calls about fallen branches and trees from frantic home and business owners. A large tree that has fallen on your roof can cause significant damage to your roof and underlying structure. A fallen branch can create a hole on your roof or cause other minor damage. Either way, a fallen tree or branch is not good news for your roof.
What should you do to keep your roof safe from tree damage?
Tree pruning is necessary to the upkeep of any tree. But, for a tree that has branches that hover above your roof, it is critical to have this done regularly. The tree branches are more prone to collapse without regular trimming and leading to roof damage. A damaged branch can collapse during the next storm, leaving holes in the roof. Prevention is the name of the game here – you can avoid roof damage by trimming diseased, dead or otherwise damaged branches.
Clear Tree Debris
The leaves, pine needles and branches may collect in the valleys of your roof or in areas around your chimney, dormer or skylight. It is necessary to keep your roof free from the tree flowers, leaves and branches to avoid water retention and weed development. Not only this, but this debris can end up clogging your rain gutters, causing the water to back up onto your roof during a rain storm.
Keep branches away from the roof
Overhanging branches are dangerous because they may brush against the roof and erode the shingles. Also, branches provide the perfect highway for rodents to make it onto your roof and into your attic and home. It is safest to keep trees and branches a good distance from the roof.
Select Trees with Strong Root Systems
Trees such as Eucalyptus trees are fast growing and have weak root systems as a result. When selecting trees to plant near your home or property, make sure to select trees that are slower growing and have strong roots to avoid problems down the road.
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