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Trees add much beauty and resale value to a property. They provide a place to hang a swing, and their shade can help boost a home's energy efficiency. However, trees can also cause a lot of problems for a home's roofing system. If a home's rooftop is damaged because of nearby trees, experienced Northern Kentucky roofers can assess and repair the damage before any leaks occur. There are many ways in which a tree could wreak havoc on the durability and structural integrity of a home's roof.

The biggest risk that a tree presents to a home is falling on it. A severe thunderstorm or strong gust of wind could blow down a tree. Diseased trees are especially susceptible to this. Even if just a large branch of the tree is downed, it can be enough to go right through the roof of a house. Trees should be inspected for signs of insect infestations, rot and other problems. Those at the greatest risk of falling should be considered for removal before they have a chance to fall on the roof.

Another way that trees can cause roof damage is by branches scraping on the shingles or tiles. A tree's branches are abrasive, and frequent abrasion may wear shingles down enough to cause them to lose their waterproof and windproof properties.

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The branches also provide a direct highway for squirrels, ants and termites to burrow into the attic or rooftop.

Falling leaves, seed pods, sticks and pollen are another problem for roofing systems. This debris is a leading cause of gutter obstructions. When it rains, the water is diverted down the roof and into the gutters and downspouts so that it can drain away from the home's foundation. A clogged gutter is not able to perform its job of protecting the home from moisture intrusion. The water pushes back up and may get under the roof and eventually lead to a leak.

One way that homeowners can protect their roofs from damage is to have a tree service come once annually to trim back overgrown tree branches. For trees that are already at maturity, their branches should be kept at least 6 feet from the roof's edge. Roofers can also take proactive actions against roof damage. A boot can be installed so that nearby trees will not litter leaves or seeds into the valleys or vents. Gutter covers can also be installed to stop leaves, twigs and pollen from collecting in the troughs and causing an obstruction.

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