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How You Can Prevent Tree Limbs from Damaging Your Roof

Okay, so your property looks gorgeous. Why? It is because you have a big beautiful tree overlooking your home. What a sight! Congratulations, you certainly have great curb appeal. However, your neighbors’ smiles might turn to frowns when they see what that tree has done to your roof.

If you live in a windy location or a location that sees a lot of extreme weather, that beauty of a tree can sure turn into a beast quickly. The branches can do some hardcore damage to your shingles, the appearance of your house, your wallet and your sanity. If you want to save yourself some major repair costs down the line, read these residential roofing ideas to thwart tree limb damage.

1. Remove leaves from your roof.

Why would leaves have such an effect on roof damage from trees? It is because leaf accumulation has the power trap to fallen branches and other tree debris. If there is a pile of leaves in your gutter, for example, you might also have a buildup of tree debris. The branches and-or twigs will work with the leaves to clog your gutter. This means that the water will both weigh down and potentially ruin your gutter and overflow and cause leak damage.

2. Keep the right amount of distance between the limbs and your roof.

If you simply allow the tree to rub on your roof, you will most likely see damage eventually. Take this simple piece of advice: trim those branches. The more distance you put between your branches and your roof, the less damage you will have. Just because you trimmed it once does not mean that you will not have to make adjustments. Trees shift and therefore you should continue to check if tree limbs have found their way back to your roof. In addition, trees drop things. That is why you should consistently look for new marks on your roof under or near the tree.


3. Examine the health of the tree.

Does the tree look like it is going to fall over at any second? You should periodically check the branches near your home look to see if they look stable. If there are holes or growth of mushrooms, your tree may need a health checkup.

Additional tip: Without noticing a branch on your roof, tree damage can be difficult to spot. That is why you should check around your house to see if there are any roofing materials or shingles on the ground.

If you have a tree that overlooks your home, make sure to follow the three expert home roofing tips to prevent damage from tree limbs above. You can have a gorgeous tree and save yourself repair or even replacement costs.