Monday 15 August 2022

Your Roof’s Complicated Relationship with Trees

Posted by at 5:32 AM

Having big, mature trees on your property can often increase its value, but when the limbs stretch over your home and its roof, it can be a recipe for disaster (or at least a lot of extra work for the homeowner). Do the negatives outweigh the positives when it comes to having trees near your home? Or does a little extra work make having big, beautiful trees in your yard worth it?

The biggest and most obvious risk associated with having a tree above your home is the risk of a branch or part of the tree breaking off and damaging your home’s roof or exterior. This is most commonly caused by a severe storm that is rolling through your area, but it could also just be from the age of your tree. Sometimes trees rot from the inside out, making them an invisible ticking time bomb that can cause a disaster for you and your loved ones.

Even if you have a sturdy and healthy tree hanging above your home, their leaves, twigs, and acorns can wreak havoc on your roof and gutter system. To extend the life of your roof and gutters it is crucial that this debris gets cleaned out twice a year.  If not cared for properly; clogs, holes, and damage can occur leaving you with an expensive bill. If you don’t feel comfortable climbing up on your roof every year, contact a professional who can do the regular cleanings for you.

However, trees aren’t always a bad thing to have around your home. Large branches and leaves can cast shade on the sides and roof of your home on hot summer days to significantly cool your home. This shade can help you save money when cooling your home in the summertime.

Trees are a beautiful part of our environment that should be cared for and preserved when possible. However, when the safety and wellbeing of your home is at stake, you may want to weigh your options. Call a member of our professional roofing team today and let us determine if the trees over your roof are safe for your family and the lifespan of your roof.

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