Is your home surrounded by trees? Or perhaps your garden is adorned with one or two? The more trees you have, and the closer they are to your home, the more likely your roof will sustain damage - often without you even realizing it. Let's take a look at 4 ways that your roof can sustain damage from trees:
1. Overhanging Branches
Winter brings on the harshest forms of weather - snow, and wind. These are two strong causes of the snapping of overhanging branches. When this happens, the branches can fall on your roof and damage the shingles. Over time, said damage can accumulate and even give way to leakage.
Generally, it is suggested to have a ten-foot radius away from overhanging branches. In addition, you should take the time to identify points of decay and rot.
That's right - leaves can cause damage to your home, as well. Leaves can not only smash shingles, but they can also get pretty nasty once enough have accumulated. Dense quantities of leaves on your roof can lead to trapped moisture, especially when you throw in snow. This can impact the integrity of your shingles over time.
Of the same vein, leaves and other debris can become trapped in gutters. If gutters become clogged, water can no longer travel down their path and out of the downspout as intended. Instead, the gutter can overflow, and this, in turn, can compromise the foundation and roof.
4. Falling Trees
This is one of the most severe risks to your home and roof. While garden trees tend to not be too large, they can still be the source of substantial damage should they tip over onto your roof. Therefore, you should regularly examine the trees around your home. Find out if the trees are alive, and be on the lookout for signs of decay. If you are worried that a tree could pose as a risk, contact a competent tree-cutter service to safely remove it from your property. This can save you a lot of time, stress, and money.
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