Untrimmed tree limbs produce extra stress and debris that will shorten the lifespan of any roof. Yet tree maintenance is particularly important here in Florida. Located within a subtropical climate region, Florida roofing systems experience greater wear and tear as compared other parts of the nation. Torrential rain, high wind, blistering heat, and humidity- can cause problems ranging from a simple roof leak, to mold, or even foundation damage. Keeping your roof and gutter system clean, is the most important step a homeowner can take to prevent these problems.
Not “just” storms
The most common concerns regarding untrimmed tree limbs, are high wind events or storm damage. Local homeowners normally notice or become concerned about overgrown limbs as storm season begins. However overgrown trees will cause damage to your roof year-round. Propper maintenance is an essential step to protecting your roofing system and preventing damage to your home.
Clogs & Leaks
Debris from low hanging trees is the “number one” contributor to clogged gutters! Leaves, branches, dirt, or even pollen- can damage, rot, or stain your roof structure. As mentioned, Florida roofs take a beating. Specifically pertaining to the amount of rainfall we can receive within a short period of time. Your roofing system and gutters must be operating at 100% efficiency to effectively carry large amounts of water away from your home. Even moderately clogged gutters can cause serious drainage issues. Eventually leading to a failure, via a leak or shingle damage.
In Florida, heat and humidity make unattended leaks or shingle damage turn to mold or rot. Often this rot or mold damage will occur in the attic or an area out of view to the homeowner. By the time a leak is noticed inside the home, damage can be far greater than expected. Mold is extremely hazardous to your health and can be difficult to treat properly. It’s common for serious mold damage to discovered below structural issues caused by an untrimmed tree… A completely “preventable” problem, had the home owner kept up with general maintenance.
In the worst-case scenario, leaks and/or improper drainage caused by untrimmed trees can lead to foundation damage. Tree debris that may be unnoticeable from the ground, can cause gutters to spill or overflow- channeling all of the storm’s rainfall to one specific area. If unnoticed or untreated, foundation damage often occurs at that point, as the system can not keep up with the volume of water being brought to that area. Though foundation damage is less common and needs time to progress, it’s definitely part of the “worst case” to keep in mind. Especially if a tree has been overgrown for a long period of time.
Call an Arborist
Preventative maintenance goes a long way towards protecting the value of your home. Remember, tree limbs need to be cut and cleared at least 8-10 feet away from the home or roofing structure. Trimming trees large enough to hang over your roof is a dangerous task. It is commonly recommended this job be left to a professional. Tree trimmers or “tree surgeons,” are called Arborists. Calling a local professional that is licensed and insured will ensure the job gets done right, and safely.
Schedule a Roof Inspection
Still in doubt? Schedule a roof inspection. An inspection from any reputable Florida roofing contractor will put you at ease, and ensure your roof is shipshape. A roof inspector will go over every part of the roofing system, looking for leaks, wear and tear, debris damage, organic growth or foundation issues, even problems that may have resulted from prior repairs.
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