Trees look appealing in landscaping, and they provide shade as well as protection against the wind. However, they can also pose different dangers to your property. They can cause damage to your roof and various components of your house.
Read on to find out how trees can harm your roofing system and the rest of your home.
How Trees Can Affect Your Roof
Branches can cause scratches to the surface of your roof and also affect your gutters. Fallen large branches can add to the weight on your roof and cause dents on impact. Leaves and needles also come with risks if you let them build up on the roof. They absorb moisture that can contribute to mold, moss or algae growth. These organic growths can cause roof discoloration and a shorter system lifespan.
A tree can also fall on your roof when it’s not strong enough to stand during a storm. Trees can provide ultraviolet (UV) ray protection to your roofing system. However, too much of it can keep your roof from drying properly. When the surface stays wet for too long, mold or algae may develop.
Damage to Other Parts of Your Home
Tree roots can enter and block drains. When this happens, cavities will form where water flows into the soil. Aging drains and those with poor seals are more prone to this problem. Moreover, expanding roofs can lift paving and lightweight structures like sheds and garages.
To prevent these problems, make sure to be careful with selecting trees for your landscaping. However, it doesn’t mean that you can plant large trees. There’s no guarantee that tree roots won’t reach your foundation in the future. As much as possible, plant trees at least 50 feet away from your home and other structures.
At Pritchett Bros, you can rely on us for your residential roofing needs. Call us at (812) 275-3185, or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate. We work with homeowners around Bloomington and communities around Indiana.