Tree Damage to your Roof

Falling Limbs Damage RoofHeavy rains and wind can cause damage to your roof from trees around your property. The health of trees on and near your property need to have their health checked, periodically. Property damage of more than $1 billion each year is due to trees damaged from weather that was severe, in the U.S.

Trees that have fallen and branches that are broke can cause damage to roofs, structures, windows, cars, siding, and power lines. Much of the time roofs and limbs from trees, are too close to each other. These limbs can pose a hazard to your roof, even if they are healthy. The outer layer of roof shingles can be damaged from wind making a branch rub continuously on the roof. When that happens, leaks may occur. The gutter system can get clogged from leaves that are from trees near your home. When this happens rainwater can accumulate, causing your attics to leak.

Protect your Property from Trees by Managing Them

Professional roofers recommend trimming all tree branches that are within 6 feet from the roof. This not only protects the roof from potential damage trees can cause, it prevents animals from running across them to the roof, hoping to get into your home to make a nest. Trees that are near your property need to be looked at, as well. Trees that are close enough to your roof may fall on it during heavy rain, or high winds causing damage. An expert roofer can provide guidance about trees on or near your home that should be removed, rather than just trimmed.

If Trees have Damaged your Property

Contact a professional roofer immediately if your roof has been damaged from a falling tree, or branch already. They know how to secure the area on your roof that is damaged to avoid more damage to your roof, as well as your homes interior. Almost every homeowner’s insurance will cover your roof being replaced if needed from a fallen tree. While waiting, carefully check how much damage has been done to your home.

Look in the attic to see if bowing has happened to the roof sheathing, or it there is any cracks in the rafters. You want to see if there are any puncture holes from broken branches or stubs. Strong winds can cause a tree branch to propel strong enough to cut sheathing or shingles, damaging your roof. If there is water leaking to the inside of your home, use a tarp to cover the area.

Take pictures of all the damage. All receipts from purchases made including supplies bought for emergency repairs. When making your insurance claim, you will need this information.

Dealing with tree hazards can prolong the lifetime of your roof. To begin doing this, have a full tree inventory for you property done. Contact a professional roofer for help with an assessment of hazardous trees. Keep branches cut far back, keep gutters clear of leaves and debris regularly. And remember, any tree too close to your home, remove.