If a large tree towers over your roof and you don't know if you should trim or cut the tree just yet, you probably should go ahead and do so now. Even if the tree appears strong and stable now, it could cause problems for your roof later. Tree branches could fall on your roof during a severe storm, or leaves could cover your shingles and trap moisture. All of these potentially dangerous situations place you and your home's safety at risk. Here's one way your towering tree can damage your roof.
How Can Your Overhanging Tree Affect Your Roof?
The leaves that fall from your overhanging tree and onto your roof can wreak havoc on your shingles, sheathing and other structures. This is because leaves can trap water beneath them after it rains. The water eventually absorbs into your shingles and other roofing materials. This moisture damage could result in wood rot.
Wood rot generally begins when fungi invade wet or damp wood. The fungi "eat" the wood until it weakens and dies. Rot can spread throughout the structure, including the rafters and walls. Some roofs can even collapse from wood rot, especially during winter when snow collects on the roof.
The branches overhanging your roof can also collect snow and become so heavy that the branches break. If the branches fall onto your weakened roof, they can cause massive damage that exposes your home to the elements and pests. Heavy branches can also break during seasonal summer storms, and in extreme weather like hurricanes, entire trees can potentially topple over and collapse on roofs.
You can avoid or stop the dangerous situations above by taking care of your tree.
What Can You Do About Your Overhanging Tree?
The first thing you can do is contact a professional tree trimmer for help. You don't want to trim, top, or cut the branches and limbs yourself, as this can be against the law in some states. A tree specialist can address your tree's needs without compromising the law or endangering your family.
In addition, your tree may require an inspection to see if it's sound enough to remain on your property. Some trees can experience disease over time. Diseased trees may not stand up well to strong weather changes. A damaged tree may also attract different insects, including aphids and beetles.
During the inspection, a tree contractor may check the tree's roots for problems. Sometimes, tree roots travel beyond their origins to find water and nutrients. The roots may potentially reach your home's underground plumbing lines and damage them. If your tree is very large and old, it may require additional water and nutrients to survive.
After the inspection, a contractor will generally make the best recommendations for your tree. If the tree is healthy, a contractor may go ahead and thin the canopy and cut back the branches and limbs. Canopy thinning reduces weight in the top of the tree, particularly in the branches and limbs. The technique also allows the tree to "breathe" properly. Air should be able to travel through the tree's top instead of push against it during harsh weather, such as hurricanes and blizzards.
If the tree is diseased or damaged, it may be better to remove it. Diseased trees may not always respond well to treatments. A disease may also spread to the healthier trees on your property or in your neighbor's property. So keep this in mind when you speak to a tree contractor.
To learn more about your towering tree and its affects on your roof and home, contact a tree service provider today, such as Pete & Ron's Tree Service, Inc..
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