Trees Can Damage Roofs

Trees Can Damage Roofs

Trees are lovely but can surprisingly cause a lot of damage.  Here are a few ways that trees can create havoc:  If a tree is blown over in a storm, if it’s branches are growing over your roof, if it’s roots grow too deep near your home’s foundation, or if it’s branches come crashing down on your property or car.   Trees are essentially large structures, and carry a ton of weight.  When a tree is knocked down by accident or because of strong stormy winds, the sheer weight of it can pierce through houses, roofs and structures.  Typically roof damage is one of the most common when it comes to tall trees falling down on houses.  Not only can it rip up shingles, it can break up sub roofing and structural parts of your roof.  One positive point is that in the event of such a type of tree damaging a roof, most likely the cost can be absorbed by your home owner’s insurance policy that covers storm damage.  Roofing is expensive, and local roofing contractors know that even brand new roofs can be damaged sometimes by large trees or branches falling.  Taller homes have less of a threat of this happening, however, there are more one-level ranches and split levels across New England than we can count, and these types of low roofs might be more susceptible to tree damage.   Another way that trees can affect roofs  is by larger trees growing big branches that overhang on your roof.  When branches cover your roof for long periods of time, moisture and bacteria can thrive, and typically you will see moss and lichen growths in those areas that don’t get any sunshine on your roof.  When lichen, mold and moss accumulate over time, they can actually penetrate the shingles and weaken the integrity of a roof.  That is when leaks form and water damage can occur.  Calling for a professional to cut back and trim branches before they overtake your house is important.  And knowing of a good roofing company RI is also key when it comes to roof replacement and new roof installation.

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