4 Ways that Trees Can Damage Your Roof

When homeowners think about causes of roof damage, they often think of more obvious examples – such as the impact of weather, or the long-term effects of wear and tear. And though these causes are important, we often forget about the impact that the natural world can have on our roof – not just from wildlife and wind, but also trees too. Here, we take a few minutes to learn ways that trees can damage your roof.

Perhaps your home is surrounded by trees, or maybe you just have one or two trees in your garden. The more trees you have, and the closer in proximity to your home they are, the more likely you will experience roof damage without even knowing about it.

Roof damage caused by trees is much more common than many people think.

The roofing team at IronHead Roofing have come across examples time and time again.

Many homeowners are surprised to learn of the damage – both short and long-term – that trees can do. That’s why regular inspections are so important. Inspections give you the opportunity to learn about the current strengths and weaknesses of your roof.

Let’s take a few moments to learn ways that trees can damage your roof.

1 – Overhanging branches

Winter brings on the most severe weather – wind and snow.

It’s through wind and snow that overhanging branches can snap – falling onto the roof and compromising the shingles of your home. Over time, the damage accumulates and causes leakages too.

Generally, you should have a ten-foot radius clear from overhanging branches. Also, take some time to inspect the trees – identifying any points of rot or decay. Clear your home of this risk and it can save you from considerable damage down the line.

2 – Leaves

Yes – leaves can damage your home, too!

Not because leaves actively smash shingles but because of the effect of accumulation. When leaves accumulate on the roof, particularly in dense quantities and even under snow, it increases moisture concentration which can, over time, damage the integrity of the shingles.

It’s important to eliminate leaves from the roof to remove this risk.

3 – Gutters

Similarly, leaves and other detritus can collect along gutters.

When gutters become clogged, water does not flow down the downsprout. Instead, it overflows the gutter trough which can lead to foundation damage.

Though cleaning out the gutters is not the most pleasant task in the world, it becomes a necessity – particularly before winter – when further clogging can take place.

4 – Falling trees

One of the gravest risks to your roof is the risk of falling trees.

Most garden trees are not enormous. Even still, they can cause substantial damage to your roof. It’s important to routinely inspect the trees around your home. Learn about whether the trees are still alive. Even more, take a few minutes to identify any sources of rotting or decay.

If you suspect that a tree poses a significant risk, contact a local tree-cutter to have the tree safely removed from the property. The last thing you need is substantial roof damage that was otherwise entirely preventable. Falling trees pose one of the most serious ways that trees can damage your roof.

Taking a few minutes to conduct these inspections can save you a lot of time, stress and money, in the long-term.

IronHead Roofing is the leading roofing contractor in Oregon – catering for clients in Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon and right throughout the state. Check back to our roofing blog for even more great tips on how you can keep your home and roof in the safest condition!