How Trees Can Damage Your Roof

How Trees Can Damage Your Roof

The majority of homeowners love to have a yard filled with trees. They provide much needed shade from the sun during the summer months and add a lot of character to the yard and overall neighborhood. However, there is a down side to having trees in your yard, especially if they are planted close to your home.  

Branches

Falling branches is probably the most obvious problem because when they do make contact with your roof they leave behind a lot of damage. There are several reasons you could have falling branches including:

  • The age of the trees
  • Tree rot
  • Storms or high winds

When a branch does fall onto a roof it usually does not happen gently. Typically, a fallen branch results in broken shingles, damaged gutters and sometimes even a gaping hole in the roof of a home. 

Leaves

The lesser known villain of the tree are the leaves. You might wonder what kind of damage a few leaves can do to your roof but there are a few things you need to look out for. One issue which you might be familiar with is clogged gutters. As the leaves fall off of the trees, they eventually make their way into the gutters where they clog the drain spouts and prevent water from flowing off of the roof. 

However, this is the least of your worries when it comes to the damage leaves could do to your roof. If you allow leaves to accumulate on your roof for extended periods of time and especially during a rainy season it could lead to mold, mildew and moss growth. These growths could eventually penetrate the roof leading to water damage on the exterior and interior of your home. Mold in a home can be very costly to get rid of, and is unsafe for people, especially for those who already have breathing problems.

If you notice damage to your roof and gutters, whether it’s caused by trees or something else, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Fairfield County Exteriors!

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