Trees: A Danger to Your Roof?

The North Texas area has experienced a fair amount of severe weather this spring and summer. Earlier this month, the DFW Metropex saw significant damage as a result of a storm with straight-line winds. Over 300,000 people were left without power, a crane crashed into an Old East Dallas apartment building, killing one person, and broken and uprooted trees damaged many roofs and fences.Fallen tree on a home

Fallen trees and broken branches can knock down power lines, damage cars, siding, windows, and roofs. A tree falling on your home can do devastating harm to your property. To guard against this sort of damage, it’s smart to have a certified arborist inspect any large trees near your home. If any are at risk of falling for any reason, it is very important to have it professionally removed as soon as possible.

Trees add beauty to your landscape, but a tree can pose a threat to your home under certain conditions. Often tree limbs are simply too close to your roof. Although the branches may be healthy, they still present a risk to the property. If branches are too close to your roof, it may give termites, other harmful insects, or small animals easy access to your home.

A tree being cut back

Lowry Roofing Company recommends that any trees within six feet of your home be cut back. Branches that are too close can rub against the roof regularly as a result of wind, damaging the shingles’ protective outer layer. When the top layer of the roof is compromised, leaks can result. Also, the leaves from these limbs can block water from flowing properly through your gutters and downspouts. After a storm, it’s critical to check your gutters and make sure none are blocked by fallen leaves or other debris from nearby trees. Moisture damage or exposure to overflowing water can result in multiple problems: discoloration, warping, mold, rotting wood, pests, interior damage, and potentially damage to your home’s foundation.

Moss is an additional potential danger as a result of nearby trees. If a tree is providing too much shade, moss can grow along the shingles. Moss can cause shingles to loosen or break, which reduces a roof’s lifespan considerably. This is another strong reason to keep tree limbs cut back from your roof.

If Your Property Has Been Damaged

If your property has already been damaged by a falling tree or limb, contact Lowry Roofing Company as soon as possible. We can quickly inspect your roof and tell you exactly what the issue is, what needs to be done, and what the cost will be to you. Most homeowner’s insurance policies cover a roof replacement required because of the destruction caused by a fallen tree. And of course, when it’s time to go to work, the work will be done quickly and efficiently, with quality results giving you many more years of reliability and protection for your home.

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