Posted on: 22 June 2018
Is your home located in an area that is surrounded by trees? If so, they could be causing damage to your home's asphalt shingles. Here is what you need to know about the potential damage that trees can cause.
If the tree branches hang low enough to scrape against the surface of your roof, they are most likely causing damage to the shingles. When the weather is windy, branches that scrape across the surface can potentially cause shingles to fall off. If the roof's shingles don't fall off, it can remove the protective granules on the surface, making the shingles more likely to become damaged. This will lead to leaks that allow water to get into your home.
Thankfully, fixing this problem is very straightforward. Simply trim back those large tree branches to prevent them from rubbing against your roofing material. Then inspect the shingles to ensure that no lasting damage has been caused.
Algae and Moss
Another problem with overhanging tree branches is that they can cause a large portion of your roof to be in the shade all day long. While you may think this is good for the roof since it will help bring down the temperature in the summer, it actually can cause algae and mold to grow on the surface. This happens in places where water is trapped on the surface of the roof, usually due to debris, and the moisture has the opportunity to form algae or moss.
While trimming back branches will fix the problem, it is not always an option. You may have a large tree on a neighbor's property that is causing the shade. Consider taking steps to clear debris off your roof, and then install a metal roof cap to prevent algae and moss growth. These roof caps release zinc across the surface of the roof when it rains, which will kill early algae and moss growth before it starts.
The debris that trees leave behind can get stuck in your gutters, which causes water to overflow instead of going into the downspout. This causes the soffits to become damaged as the water comes in contact with them. Gutter guards can do a great job at keeping debris out so that you are not constantly climbing up to your roof to inspect and clean the gutters.
If you do have roof damage that was caused by trees, reach out to a local roofing contractor to help fix it.Share