Trees are great for roofs in that they help in blocking the wind and providing protection against the sun. Unfortunately, they can also result in damage, with branches falling on roofs during storms, allowing animals access to your roof and encouraging mold and mildew growth.
So, how can you prevent roof damage without cutting down all your trees?
Trim trees – All tree branches hanging too close to your roof should be trimmed, ensuring they are not touching roofing material. If you estimate that more than 25% of a tree will have to be pruned, however, it’s best to consult an arborist first to determine the best course of action as extreme pruning can also hurt trees.
Start while they are young – If you have young trees, you can prevent untimely calls to roofers by controlling their growth. Help the tree only develop strong crotches (the point where the trunk meets the branch), which are less at risk of breaking off during a storm.
Remove unstable trees – Unstable trees or those that are seriously ill should be removed before they fall onto your roofing. However, check your local laws and with an arborist first as some species are protected, meaning they can’t be cut down. Some areas also don’t allow the cutting of trees with specific trunk diameters.
Did a tree do a number on your roof? Safe Harbor Roofing & Siding is the roof repair expert to trust in Shawnee, KS, and the surrounding communities. We understand how important sound roofing is so our specialists go the extra mile to find and fix the problem right the first time. All inspections we do prior to repairs are also free of charge. To learn more about what we can do for you, simply give us a call at (913) 553-3620, or fill out our contact form. Ask us for a FREE estimate today!