Trees add lush beauty to any property. However, when it comes to your roof, there are pros and cons to having trees nearby.
Today, restoration services provider Sprague Roofing and Restoration reveals the various ways trees can help and harm your roof.
Help: Ultraviolet Protection
Thanks to the ample amount of shade that mature trees offer, they help protect your roof from ultraviolet rays. This can be especially helpful if you have an asphalt roofing system as UV rays can shorten the lifespan of your roof.
If your tree’s branches are overgrown, on the other hand, they can drop debris on your roof and gutters such as leaves, twigs, nuts and fruits. The branches themselves can even land on the roof, causing damage. This debris can clog up your gutters, potentially leading to the need for gutter repair.
Help: Block Wind
Strong winds can blow some of your shingles off your roof. Fortunately, having mature trees on your property can help block some of the wind, giving your shingles some extra protection.
Harm: Animal Access
Having mature trees with overgrown branches on your property provides small animals like ants and squirrels with easy access to your roofing system. If your roof is damaged or has holes in it, they can build nests and even access your attic and home.
Help: Cool Your Home on Hot Days
The shade that mature trees provide can help reduce the heat that enters your home via the roof, especially during the summer.
Harm: Impact Damage
Damaged, ill or weak trees run the risk of damaging your roof when their branches fall off, especially during a severe weather event. Depending on the size of the branch, major damage can occur.
How to Prevent Tree Damage
Preventing roof damage via trees is fairly simple. Once you notice that the branches of your trees are overgrown, call a professional to have them trimmed as soon as possible to prevent them from falling on your roofing system. If you notice that the tree is damaged or ill, consider having it cut down immediately.
For your roofing needs, simply turn to Sprague Construction Roofing LLC, your number one roof repair and commercial roofing contractor. Give us a call at (406) 200-9080 or fill out our contact form to receive a FREE estimate. We serve homeowners in Billings, MT, Cody, WI, and nearby areas.