It’s good to have trees around your home. They not only boost your home’s appeal, but can also increase its value, especially when paired with good landscaping. Roofing contractors, however, point out that having trees has its advantages and disadvantages, especially for your roofing system.
How Trees Help Your Roof
Mature trees around your home provide enough shade to reduce temperatures during the summer season. This prevents the roof from absorbing the sun’s heat that can radiate indoors and compromise comfort. Having foliage also blocks the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays that may shorten the roofing material’s lifespan. Also, they are a big help in blocking wind, minimizing the likelihood of shingle blow-offs.
How Trees Harm Your Roof
Even with these benefits, trees can also do a number on your roof, ending in damage that would require professional roofing services. Leaves and twigs that come loose from overhanging branches can collect and clog your gutters, preventing rainwater from flowing away from your home. These overhanging branches also provide critters access to your roof, where they build nests and set up real estate. Hurricane-force winds can also cause a tree to fall on your roof, creating major roof damage.
Tips to Prevent Tree Damage
Before trees can inflict damage to your roof, make sure to do the following:
Trim trees – Tree branches hanging too close to your roof must be trimmed, making sure that the leaves don’t touch the roof surface. Also, consult an arborist to help you with this. After all, too much pruning can hurt trees.
Prune young trees – Young trees can be pruned early to control their growth. This way, you get them to only develop strong crotches, or the junction between the branch and truck, which are less likely to break off during strong winds.
Remove unstable trees – Seriously ill trees must be removed right away so that they don’t become a threat of getting knocked down whenever strong winds blow. Take note, however, that some trees are protected and can’t be cut down. To be certain, check your local laws, and talk with an arborist.
For your residential and commercial roof replacement needs, turn to Hill Roofing Corporation. We have the tools, skills and experience necessary to restore your roof to its original condition. To learn more about our roofing services and what we can do for your home, give us a call today at (703) 754-0964, or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We serve residents of Manassas, VA.