Your roof is your home’s crowning glory. More than just an accent to its overall appearance, it serves the highly functional purpose of protecting your home from the elements and other exterior stressors. When trees pose a threat affecting the integrity of your roofing, it can have an immediate and often severe impact. The roofers at Kaptein Contracting of Webster, NY, share three key ways that trees can cause damage and how you can prevent them from occurring.
3 Ways Trees Cause Roof Damage
1. Clogged Gutters
When the functionality of the gutters is compromised, it prevents your roof from properly directing water away from your home. Trees are major culprits here, as their leaves, twigs, and branches can easily fill the gutters and cause blockages preventing proper water flow. While this is problematic all year, it can have a severe impact during the winter. As snow melts, it naturally flows through the gutters, but if they’re blocked, the melted now has nowhere to go, and it may cause ice dams to develop on the roofing. Cleaning the gutters at least twice each year can help.
2. Structural Damage
It doesn’t take much for a low-hanging branch to cause structural damage. Roofers often discover that destroyed shingles are the result of branches falling directly on them or brushing against them over long periods. Roofing shingles eventually weaken and fall off, which can cause roof leaks. Heavy branches can even destroy entire areas of the roof during heavy storms. It’s a good idea to have any visibly low branches removed before they have a chance to even touch the rooftop.
3. Mildew Growth
Blackish streaks visible from afar are indicative of a roof suffering from mildew, moss, or mold growth. This can happen if your roof is shaded by a large tree and develops a moist surface that doesn’t get a chance to dry when it rains. A constantly moist surface is prone to develop allergens, which can eat through roofing shingles over time. Once this happens, it’s only a matter of time before the wood underneath develops water damage. Mold can also present health issues. You can resolve this concern by trimming back large trees, so your roofing can “breathe” and stay dry.
Could your rooftop use some attention? If you live in the Monroe or Wayne County, NY, area and you’re concerned about a tree causing damage or you’re dealing with a roof leak, you can rely on the roofers at Kaptein Contracting to help. To learn more about the roofing, siding, and window options available, visit the website for more information or give them a call at (585) 202-7788. You can also like them on Facebook for social media updates.