Friday, August 9th 2019
Disclaimer: Always refer to an arborist (i.e., a tree expert) before making a decision about your tree. Never trim a tree that overhangs your roof yourself. Instead, always employ an expert, or you may damage your roof. Please also note that there may be laws in your jurisdiction governing the removal of trees that are part of a protected species.
Home buyers often seek out homes with mature trees because they’re beautiful. These trees offer shade, greenery and perhaps even fragrant flowers. However, mature trees aren’t all good news. There are many ways that trees can reduce the life of your roof and its shingles unless you step in to prevent it.
Thankfully, proper tree management is simple and cheap, and can prevent almost all roof damage from trees. In this article, we’ll discuss the ways that trees can damage shingles and how you can prevent each type of damage. We’ll also discuss what you should do if your tree (or your neighbor’s tree) has already damaged your roof or fallen on your roof.
Don’t get out the chainsaw just yet. There are many reasons to keep your trees around. Trees offer your home shade and enhance its beauty. They can even offer shingles protection, under the right circumstances. Trees benefit roofs by:
In general, the tips of a tree’s branches should be at least six feet from the roof. Therefore, some large trees must be planted 20 to 30 feet away from the home to keep their branches a safe distance.
It is also wise to check with your homeowner’s insurance policy to discover if they have requirements about tree distance. Typically, homeowner’s insurance covers home and roof damage from trees. However, an insurance company may refuse to cover damages if they find you were negligent by allowing a tree to grow too close to your home, allowing branches to hang over your roof or allowing the tree to become diseased without taking appropriate steps to treat or remove it.
Your intuition may tell you that a metal roof will resist tree damage better than other kinds of roofing; but that’s not the case. Metal roofs have waterproof finishes that may scratch as easily as a shingle can from a fallen branch. Metal roofs may also dent under the pressure of a tree.
In the end, all roofing materials can be damaged by a tree. The best course of action is to practice proper tree management to prevent roof damage. Take your arborist’s advice about which trees on your property are safe and which need to be removed or trimmed back. When you choose a new tree, ensure it is planted far enough away from your roof. Regularly clean your roof and gutters to maintain proper water flow on your roof. If you take these precautions, especially before storms, you can avoid roof damage from trees.
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