4 Reasons to Keep Trees Away From Your Roof

By Admin • 06 Feb, 2019

Now that winter is here, you need to take steps to protect your roof, especially where your trees are concerned. If you’re like many people, you don’t link your trees to potential hazards for your roof.

1. Reduce ProperGutterFlow

If the weather forecast calls fora wet winter in your area, you need your gutters to remain clean and clear. Dirty gutters prevent proper water flow, which can increase the risk of damage to your roof in a couple of ways. When your gutters don’t flow properly, water saturates the edges of your shingles, which causes premature wear and tear.

The excess water is also absorbed into the plywood subfloor of your roof, which leads to wood rot. If you experience freezing temperatures, the water that can’t flow through the gutters freezes, which causes the development of ice dams. Severe ice dams will cause the shingles to separate from your roof. Severe ice dams can also cause your gutters to pull away from your home.

2. Invite Pest Activity

If you have mature trees around the perimeter of your home, you’re at an increased risk for roof damage associated with pest activity. Mature trees provide the perfect access point for pests, especially when branches rest on or near your roof. Birds who routinely nest in your trees deposit droppings, which can eat away at your shingles.

Squirrels and other four-legged pests can use your tree as a ladder to your roof, which provides easy access to your attic. Those four-legged pests also chew on your shingles to provide materials for their nests. They’ll even chew through your roof to gain access to your home.

3. Encourage Excess Moisture

Mature trees make a home more energy efficient. However, if they’re not properly pruned, they can create a variety of problems for your roof

Leaves and Debris

The leaves and pine needles that are deposited on your roof create the perfect environment for mold and algae growth, especially if you don’t take steps to remove them quickly enough. The piles of leaves and pine needles generate heat and moisture, which is what mold and algae need in order to thrive.

Unfortunately, mold and algae can destroy your shingles and will continue to grow through to your home if left alone

Limited Sun Exposure

Those same branches that create a protective shield over your roof, prevent your shingles from receiving adequate sunlight. Unfortunately, your shingles need sunlight to dry out the moisture that can cause damage and wood rot.

4. Increase Risk of WeatherDamage

If your trees haven’t been pruned in a few years, your roof is at risk of damage this winter. This is particularly true if you’re expecting heavy snow fall or significant wind storms.

Falling Branches

When branches become packed with snow, the weight can be too much for them to bear. As a result, weakened branches often collapse under the pressure and fall. If these branches are near your home when they fall, they can do considerable damage to your home and roof.

Abrasive Movement

When branches sway in the wind, they create an abrasive movement across your roof. Over time, that abrasive movement will destroy your shingles, which will result in the need for costly repairs or a roof replacement.

Don’t let your trees destroy your roof. If your trees are resting against your home, you need to take measures to protect your roof. If your roof has been damaged, contact the professionals at Landmark Roofing. We’ll take care of all your roofing needs.