When many homeowners think about things that can cause damage to their roofs, they often see things like violent weather, accidents etc. While these factors can damage the roof, other factors are more close to home like trees that can also be silently damaging your roof.
Many homeowners might not know this but roof damage caused by trees is more common than they think. Trees cause both short and long term damage. That’s why it is so important to get your roof inspected each year. Inspections allow the roofing company to find and fix potential issues before they become very difficult and expensive.
Branches Hanging Over Your Roof
In most states, winter signals the arrival of severe weather like snow, wind and hail. Wind and snow can cause branches to snap, and those branches will fall on your roof, which compromises the shingles. Over a period of months, that damage accumulates and leads to leaks.
Ideally, you will want the nearest branch to be around ten feet away. Inspect the trees to make sure that there is no decay or rot because those can cause branches to fall too. The best remedy here is to clear your home of the risk i.e., overhanging branches.
Loads of Leaves
While leaves appear perfectly harmless, they too can cause damage to your home. Even though leaves don’t smash up your shingles but their damage is more that of accumulation. As the number of leaves grows on your roof, it tends to trap moisture from snow, rain etc., and that can cause damage to the integrity of the shingles.
The best way to fix the issue is to make sure your roof is a leaf free zone.
Leaves, mud, and other stuff can collect in the gutters. When the gutter system is clogged, the water will not flow off the roof through the downspout and instead overflows, which then leads to a damaged foundation.
Sure cleaning a gutter isn’t pleasant, but it is a necessary task especially before winter and the monsoon season.
Now, this is the most obvious risk and many homeowners may already be aware of it. Most homeowners have large trees in their back yards, but even a small one can wreak havoc on a home’s roof if it falls on to it. That’s why inspecting the trees around your home should be part of a routine inspection. Find out if the trees are alive, and it takes only a couple of minutes to identify if there is rot or decay.
Now, if you see that the tree is a risk, then get it cut down. It is way cheaper to get a tree removed from your property as compared to having to fix all the damage it does if it falls on the roof.
Trees help to add beauty to your home, but they can also be dangerous. That said, if you take steps to mitigate the potential risks, your roof will be safe. If the right steps are not taken the roof will need to be replaced.