What to Do About Tree Damage
As a homeowner, you have a big responsibility to maintain your home. Any maintenance issue you leave for later could turn into a bigger, more expensive repair, so taking care of it in a timely manner is important. Tree maintenance goes beyond making them look beautiful and keeping them healthy. It also affects other aspects of your home and landscape.
What Trees Can Do to Your Roof
Suppose you have a branch that hangs over the roof and rubs the shingles every time the wind blows. Eventually, the area that gets rubbed by the tree branch is going to wear out. The outer protective layer of your shingles can become compromised, which allows leaks to become established. Through this chain of events, you’ll eventually realize you have water damage in your home.
Trees with falling leaves, needles, or twigs can also create a problem for your roof. When these things fall on your roof, they’ll generally accumulate in the gutter system. This keeps water from being able to drain properly, which forces it to find another way off the roof. That other way is often right through the roof and into the attic.
What You Can Do
If you have any branches within six feet of your home, trim them away. You should also keep up on gutter maintenance, always ensuring they are free from debris. Any time the leaves start to fall, you should safely take care of the issue.
You can also call in the professionals. If this is all new information to you, it’s possible your roof already has some damage from trees you didn’t realize were an issue. The professionals can inspect your roof to look for problem areas that might need a repair.
Getting Started Immediately
To keep your roof in good condition all year long, take an inventory of the trees near your home and how close they come to the roof. For more information, or to get started with maintenance and repairs, contact Novalis Roofing and Siding by calling 973-240-9074 or emailing us today.