How Can Trees Damage Your Roof?

Posted on: 26 September 2017

If you have many trees on your property that overhang above your roof, then you may notice that some of your trees cause roof damage. This type of damage can occur in several different ways, so keep reading to learn about what you may see.

Trees Can Reduce Roof Granules

The small stones or rocks that sit on your roof shingles are called granules and they serve several purposes. The granules, which are baked onto the surfaces of the shingles, are shiny mineral rocks that reflect the sun's rays. This prevents UV degradation and thermal gain. In other words, the granules keep the sun from damaging your shingles and they also keep your roof from becoming hot. 

Granules do fall off over time due to the changes in the weather. Rain, snow, and ice can cause the granules to loosen, and so can mechanical stress from rubbing tree branches. Once the granules fall off, the shingles beneath will become dry. You may see issues like curling, cracking, and waving across the granule free shingles. 

The shingles without granules will age more quickly than ones that retain the minerals. You may notice a leak developing where the damaged shingles are located or you may simply need to replace them well before the other shingles on your roof. 

If you do notice the damage early, then a roofing professional may be able to reapply the shingles with a roofing adhesive. However, the rocks are likely to fall off much more quickly than the ones that are baked on.

Tress Can Clog Your Gutters

If you have trees overhanging your roof, then it is just a matter or time, or season, until the leaves starting falling and clogging up your gutters. When your gutters are clogged with leaves and other debris, water is likely to overflow. The edge of the roof, called the fascia may start to become damp. If you do not have a drip edge, then the shingles the line the fascia may succumb to water damage. This can lead to degradation of the fascia board, the plywood roof deck, and obviously the shingles that cover these areas.

Deep water damage can spread quickly and may lead to the need for a deck replacement. This is one of the most expensive repairs, and it is completed during a complete shingle replacement. It can raise the cost of the roof repair at least a few thousand dollars. 

To protect your roof, simply add a gutter guard to keep leaves out of them. There are several varieties, but metal domed guards work well to keep debris from clogging the channels. To learn more about gutter guards and keeping your roof in good condition, visit resources like http://www.allamericanroofing.com.

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The Importance Of Roof Repair

One day last month while it was raining outside, my wife and I noticed that water was dripping inside the house. We placed a bucket under the drip so the water wouldn't ruin the floor. The next day, I called a roofing company and a contractor came to the house and inspected our roof. The contractor discovered that several shingles were missing from our roof and that's what caused the leak. The day after the roof inspection, the roofers came to our home and replaced the missing shingles. That night it rained again and my wife and I were glad that the roof leak was fixed. My name is Timothy Warren and I'm writing this blog to inform others about roof leaks and the importance of roof repair. I hope that by reading this blog, you can avoid costly damage to your home because of a leaky roof.

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