Trees add timeless beauty to your property. They offer shade and greenery, which gives your landscape character. Their shade can help reduce the effect of UV light on your asphalt shingles. In summer, it also helps reduce the temperature in your home.
Nonetheless, trees can also harm your roof. Today, A1 Siding & Roofing, a top local roofing contractor, discusses the different ways that trees can damage your roof and what you can do about it.
How They Damage Roofs
Trees that are sick or damaged are a major hazard. A storm could easily uproot a weakened tree, causing it to crash into your roof. Even small branches can scratch roofs, leading to serious damage. Large branches may weigh down your roof or cause dents. That’s why any overhanging branches should be always be well trimmed.
Leaves and needles can clog your gutters and valleys. They can also encourage mold, moss or algae growth. Consider gutter guards to prevent debris buildup in your gutters and to protect your residential roofing system from water damage.
Animals and Dents From Nuts and Fruits
Walnut trees drop large, heavy nuts that can actually damage a roof. Don’t plant these trees near your roofs. Avoid other fruit trees as well as hickory, pecan, chestnut, Osage orange and sweet gum trees. Animals can use nearby trees to climb onto your roof and nest, which can lead to damage. This is why it’s important to trim your trees.
Mold and Algae
Too much shade can make it difficult for your roof to dry off after it rains. If it stays wet for too long, your roof may develop mold and algae growth.
A1 Siding and Roofing offers expert residential and commercial roofing services. Let our team of highly trained roofers help you maintain your roof. We serve homeowners in Manchester, NH, and the surrounding areas. Call us at (603) 684-2444 for a consultation.