Trees do more than beautify your yard and bear fruit; they also protect your roof. The greatest form of protection comes from the shade provided by tree foliage. Shade is a big plus. Many an Orange County roofing company must repair damage caused by excessive sunlight. Over time, solar illumination deteriorates shingles and leaves them vulnerable to leaking. It also leaves your wallet vulnerable to hefty roof repair bills. Shade provided by tree limbs restricts the passage of sunlight, thereby minimizing solar wear and tear.
Be careful, however, not to allow the solution to become the problem. While tree shade supplies an important layer of rooftop protection, your beautiful birch also can be the source of damage. This is most evident in a clogged rain gutter. If close enough, falling twigs and leaves can land and accumulate in the gutter. Rain thereafter gets trapped in the channel and eventually overflows. Most will fall to the ground. But some could flow onto the roof, slip under the shingles, and cause roof beams to rot. Should this intrusion occur, the problem must be corrected by a qualified residential roofing contractor (or commercial roofing contractor if you’re operating a business).
Bear in mind, the problem is not the trees themselves – it’s overhanging tree limbs lingering above the roof. If large enough, those limbs even can puncture shingles, creating an opening for rain water. Subsequently, you’ll be calling a qualified Orange County roofing contractor to make major repairs.
Is there a solution available to homeowners and business owners? Absolutely -- Trim those tree limbs and periodically clean out rain gutters. These steps will minimize rain gutter debris and help protect your roof throughout the year. It’s that simple.
If you have questions about how trees impact your roof, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Cypress and surrounding areas, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing and commercial roofing need. No matter where you live in OC, you can count on Luke Roofing for the most efficient, reliable roofing solutions.
Been there, done that! I mentioned in another post that we have a commercial property that we replaced the roof on. The leaves and debris were part of the problem as we just didn't realize there were drainage issues. The pools of water created issues and the damage from the leaks ended up costing us big time. The trees are now gone!
So glad the article was of interest to you John. It's just not a topic that gets a lot of thought for residential or commercial properties. Glad we could help.
Boy its been windy here in Orange County, CA over the last 3 weeks. I was driving through a local neighborhood today and saw a tree sticking through a roof. When I sat down today to review article comments I cam accross this article and thought, maybe we should write an article on what to do if a tree falls through your roof. We've handled it previously so we might have some pointers. It's on the "To Do" list.