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Problems Trees Create for Your Roof

Mature, healthy trees are a beautiful feature of any property. They provide shade, and privacy, and can even increase your property value when well-maintained. While trees can provide numerous benefits, they can also create problems for your roof if they are too close or not properly maintained.

Homeowners need to be aware of the potential problems trees can cause for their roofs and take measures to balance the benefits with the risks. Properly caring for your roof and trees allows you to maintain a healthy and aesthetically pleasing environment around your home while protecting your
investment in your property.

3 Common Roof Issues Caused by Trees

  • Debris & Leaves. Trees shed leaves, seeds, and other debris, which can accumulate on your roof
    and in your gutters. This debris traps moisture, leading to water damage, rot, and moss or algae
    growth. Shaded and damp areas of the roof even encourage the growth of moss and algae,
    degrade roofing materials over time and increasing the likelihood of leaks. Clogged gutters can also cause water to overflow and damage your roof’s edge.
  • Branches. Overhanging branches can break and fall onto your roof, causing damage to shingles,
    gutters, and other roofing components. It’s important to remove these smaller branches
    regularly, before they begin to rot and weaken your shingles. As trees age, their large branches
    can die and fall unexpectedly, leading to structural damage in severe cases.
  • Storm Damage. If a tree is close to your home, high winds during storms can lead to branches or
    even the entire tree falling onto your roof, causing significant damage. In such an emergency, a
    roofing company can provide emergency response and temporary repairs to protect your home
    from further damage until a permanent solution can be implemented. However, this type of
    damage can often be prevented through routine maintenance of your trees.

Preventing Roof Damage From Trees

To mitigate these problems, it’s essential to regularly inspect and maintain both your trees and your
roof.

Trim back overhanging branches, clean gutters, and remove debris regularly. Consult with a professional
arborist or tree specialist for guidance on the appropriate care and placement of trees on your property
to maximize their benefits while minimizing potential problems.

Unfortunately, if a tree poses a significant risk, you may need to consider professional tree removal or
relocation. Regular roof inspections can also help identify and address any issues before they become
major problems.

Contact Us

United Contracting & Roofing is your premier roofing company in northeast Georgia and western South
Carolina. We offer free inspections of your roof and our professional inspectors can identify any existing
damage or even potential issues caused by the trees on your property. They will provide a detailed
assessment of your roof’s condition and will recommend necessary repairs or maintenance.

By enlisting the services of our experts at United Contracting & Roofing, homeowners have access to our roofers’ expertise, specialized roofing equipment, and years of experience to address your tree-related problems and help you maintain your roof for years to come. Contact Us today, and experience our 5-
Star Rated service!

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