Lovely, majestic trees can be a major selling point for a property, but those big beauties can be troublesome for your roof. As roofers, we can tell you some of the things that trees can do to damage your roof and how to deal with damage if it does happen.
Watch out for Falling Branches!
The weather in Alberta can be unpredictable, and sudden snowstorms in late spring do happen. When they do, heavy snow weighs on tree branches and can cause them to sag or break. If your home or business is underneath, you are at risk for roof damage caused by a broken tree branch.
Old, diseased trees are more likely to break, but even strong, healthy trees can break under the weight of wet snow. So what do you do if a tree damages your roof during or after a storm?
First, you need to make sure everyone is safe. If, for any reason, you feel unsafe, you should leave the property.
Next, you’re going to need to start making phone calls. Here are the people to call:
- If power or electrical lines or systems are affected, call the utility companies and the police.
- Call your insurance provider. Generally, damages caused by falling branches are covered by your home insurance. *If your neighbour’s tree falls on your roof, you still go through your insurance, not theirs.
- Call an arborist. They will need to remove the tree or possibly cut back some of it before repairs can start.
- Start calling roofing companies for quotes. A word of warning: some roofing companies are opportunists that prey on people who are in crisis. They will offer cheap prices for roof repairs because they are uninsured or they use cheap materials that won’t hold up over time.
Crest Roofing is fully licensed and insured, and we use high quality materials, so if you need repairs or a re-roof, you can be confident in our roofing services.
What About Minor Tree Damage to Your Roof?
Sometimes a tree falls on a roof but doesn’t cause a whole lot of damage. Possibly a few broken shingles or a section of shingles gets ripped off. Or, there could just be a dent or two in the roof. In cases like these, you’ll be glad if you have some extra shingles around because it’s rare that we can perfectly match the colour of new shingles with shingles on a building that were purchased years before. For more information about shingles, click here to read our article about them!
Before we start repairs, we will do an inspection to see if the roof underneath the shingles was damaged and if it was, we will advise you on your repair options so that your home will stay safe and dry for years to come.
Tree Seeds, Leaves, and Spores Can Damage Your Roof
Large, lovely trees are covered in large lovely leaves, and every year, those leaves fall off and can accumulate on your roof. If those leaves are left sitting on your roof, they can become sponges for moisture and where there’s moisture and organic material, there’s going to be bacteria and mold.
Mold is a common roof problem, especially in years like this one where Edmonton saw an incredible amount of rain. Unsurprisingly, mold is very bad for your roof. It can cause rotting, which weakens your roof and it can also cause the granules on your asphalt shingles to erode.
Mold can also be caused by improper drainage off your roof. Learn more about How your Roof’s Drainage Systems Work to Prevent Water Damage.
What You Can do to Prevent Roof Damage from Trees
- Keep your trees tidy by trimming overhanging branches.
- Make sure to keep your roof clean of leaves, needles, sticks, and seeds.
- Get rid of unstable trees. Signs that a tree is unstable are if there are mushrooms growing around it, rotting branches, or holes in the tree.
Trees Aren’t all Bad for Roofs!
Trees can be great for your roof too! They are great for blocking wind, and we’ve seen many roofs ripped off by high winds in Alberta.
Trees are also great for blocking sunlight and will extend the life of your roof because UV rays can break down shingles causing them to age faster. The shade from trees can also keep your house cooler and prevent heat damage to your roofing material, so keep the good trees!
Call Crest Roofing for your Roofing Needs
Whether you need repairs because of tree damage, a re-roof, eavestrough work, or even snow removal, Crest Roofing has you covered. Give us a call at (780) 466-1601 or send us a message. We do inspections and offer you roofing services that suit your needs.