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Coping with Tree Hazards: How Trees Can Damage Your Roof

January 29th, 2024 | 2 min read

By Jeffrey Linta

Whether you’re dealing with roof damage from surrounding trees or a tree falling onto your home after a storm, you may have a lot of questions.

Questions like “What immediate steps can I take?” “How can I prevent further damage to my home?” “How can I identify tree damage on my roof?”

These questions can leave you feeling overwhelmed. 

In this guide, we’ll address these concerns and provide insights into the different ways trees can impact your roof. 

We’ll explore the three main types of roof damage caused by trees 

  1. Trees scraping on your roof
  2. Fallen tree branches 
  3. Fallen trees on your roof

Not only that, but we will also cover solutions and how you can prevent future damage to your roof from trees.

Let’s take a look.

Problem: Overhanging trees above your roof

Overhanging trees above your roof can jeopardize the integrity of your shingles. Shingles have rock granules that play a crucial role in their functionality. When a tree branch constantly rubs against your shingles, it causes those rock granules to wear away.

The repetitive scraping can cut through the shingles, underlayment, and down to your roof decking. Roofs with this issue may experience leaks during rainstorms as the protective layers have been worn down.

Solution: Regularly check for overhanging tree branches and trim back trees

Regularly check for overhanging tree branches near your roof. If you identify branches that tend to scrape against your roof, make it a habit to trim them back.

This proactive measure helps prevent your roof system from failing due to the impact of surrounding trees.

Problem: Tree branches resting on your roof

When tree branches fall onto your roof, it may not seem alarming at first. However, depending on factors like size of the branches and how far they fell, you could have shingle damage. Tree branches can poke holes in your shingles, compromising their ability to work cohesively.

Even a seemingly small branch can cause fractures and damage to the asphalt, potentially leading to roof leaks.

Solution: Promptly call a trusted roofing company for inspection and removal

If you notice a tree branch on your roof, it’s crucial to call a reliable roofing company for inspection and removal. Professionals can assess the area, identify shingle damage, and make necessary repairs to prevent larger issues down the line.

Problem: A fallen tree on your roof

The most evident issue occurs when a tree falls directly onto your roof, damaging the roofing system and creating an entry point for water.

This type of incident can cause significant damage to the roof decking, resulting in issues like rafter damage, fascia damage, and harm to other structural components.

Solution: Swift tree removal and immediate roof drying-in

In the event of a fallen tree on your roof, it’s crucial to have the tree removed promptly. Most roofing companies have partnerships with tree removal services.

Contacting your roofing company, such as Linta Roofing, ensures a coordinated effort to remove the tree and initiate the roof drying-in process. The dry-in process involves using tarps, underlayment, or a combination to cover the damaged area promptly, preventing water from entering your home.

Tree damage to your roof raises questions about what to do.

Understanding the various ways trees can impact your roof and taking proactive measures is essential. Now that you know what to look for, you are more equipped to protect your home from tree damage in the future.

Homeowners can easily fall victim to tree damage on their roof when they live in an area with recurrent natural disasters. It may be helpful to learn more about how natural disasters impact the integrity of your roof. 

If you find yourself in a situation where your roof has been damaged by a tree, consider scheduling a roof inspection to ensure the safety of your home.

Jeffrey Linta

Jeffrey Linta is a 3rd generation roofer who grew up working in his family's roofing business (Linta Roofing, Inc.). He got his start tearing off roofs during the summer while attending North Myrtle Beach High School. Now running one of the most successful roofing businesses in the Grand Strand area, Jeffrey has lived and breathed roofing for his entire working career. Some of his accolades include GAF Master Elite Contractor, SC Safehome certified contractor, Group 5 SC Licensed Commercial Contractor, and GAF Master Commercial roofing contractor. Under his leadership, Linta Roofing, Inc. has served thousands of homeowners and business owners in the Grand Strand area. Linta Roofing achieved awards like the Sun News’s “Best of the Beach” and A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau all while receiving hundreds of 5-star reviews year after year. Jeffrey is a Grand Strand born and raised local. When he is not running Linta Roofing, he spends time fishing with his wife Erica and walking the beach with his dog Dixie.