Here in Colorado, many homeowners are happy to have lush, beautiful trees on their property. While trees are an asset to your home’s landscaping and provide excellent visual appeal, they also pose a threat to your roof. Read on to learn about how trees can damage your roofing system in Denver, as well as how to prevent roof damage with proper tree maintenance.

The Main Ways Trees Can Damage Your Roof

Fallen Branches

One of the most obvious ways that trees damage roofing is fallen branches. When tree branches break and fall onto the surface of your roof, they may puncture, dent, and scratch your roofing materials. Additionally, fallen branches can rip shingles off of your roof and potentially cause a leak.

Especially during snowy Colorado winters, a heavy snowfall could cause branches to break and fall onto your roof. But, high winds can also do the trick, especially during severe thunderstorms and hailstorms. With Denver’s unpredictable weather, it’s wise to avoid fallen branches by trimming nearby trees. 

Overhanging Branches

If the branches of an overhanging tree touch your roof, it may cause damage. This is especially true for asphalt shingle roofing systems. The granules of the asphalt shingles may be scratched off by the branches. Over time, this will wear down your roofing system and make your home more susceptible to leaks. Thankfully, this type of roof damage caused by trees is preventable with proper tree maintenance. 

Debris

While leaves and pine needles may seem harmless, they may cause damage to your roof. When debris from trees accumulates on your roof, it can hold moisture and increase the risk of water damage. Trapped moisture can cause roofing materials to deteriorate and even rot if left for an extended period. If the excess moisture caused by leaves and pine needles reaches the underlying structure of your roof, warping could also occur. 

Falling Trees

If a nearby tree falls onto your home, it can catastrophically damage your roofing system. Fallen trees can require a full roof replacement, even for the most durable of roofing materials. Plus, a tree doesn’t necessarily have to be huge to be destructive. A small fallen tree can still cause major damage to your roof. 

In Colorado, where hurricanes don’t occur, trees typically need to be old to be at risk of falling. So, keep tabs on the trees on your property. This will help you identify and promptly remove any trees that are dying. 

Animals

With nearby trees, your roofing system may get unexpected visits from local critters. Squirrels, in particular, can jump from a branch to your roof. While squirrels may not immediately cause significant damage, they may eventually nest in your roof. This can cause a slew of issues throughout your home and should be avoided.  

Preventing Roof Tree Damage

Roof damage from trees is largely preventable. By keeping up with these basic maintenance tasks, you can keep the trees on your property from causing harm to your roofing system. 

  • Trim nearby trees.

To avoid damage from overhanging branches, keep the trees on your property trimmed. Ensure that the branches aren’t long enough to make contact with your roof. If any branches extend far enough to cast shade over your roof, trim them back, too. 

  • Remove trees that are dead, ill, or otherwise unstable. 

To avoid the monumental repairs needed after a tree falls on your home, remove trees that could be at risk for falling. This, of course, is a job for a professional. Additionally, you may need to check local bylaws to ensure that it’s legal to cut down a tree on your property. 

  • Clean your roof regularly.

Cleaning your roof throughout the year will prevent the buildup of pine needles and leaves from nearby trees. Here in Denver, there are many pine trees in residential areas, making it crucial to clean your roof every couple of months. 

Note that debris from trees can fall into your gutters, too. So, make sure to clean your gutter system as often as you clean your roof. 

Regular roof inspections can effectively prevent damage from nearby trees. Our team of expert roofers will check your roof for potential problems and implement preventative measures as needed. Additionally, our roofers can help you schedule minor repairs if needed. By catching issues early on, you can avoid the need for a premature roof replacement in Denver.

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