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Trees are a popular landscape addition because they’re attractive. Many people in Colorado also appreciate the shade the trees convey on sunny days, which can help cut down on cooling costs. However, a tree that’s too close to the house or that overhangs it can present dangers to your roof. Below are some of those dangers.

Moss Growth

Moss thrives in damp, dark areas. It can grow on and between roofing shingles. It’s unsightly at best, which can affect your house’s property value. At worst, it’s responsible for accelerating the deterioration of your shingles. Moss holds moisture against the roof. The moisture can expand during a freeze and pry up the shingles.

Moss is more common on the north side of a roof because it receives less sun. The presence of trees exacerbates the situation. The canopy and trunk might keep that portion of the roof in perpetual shade, which provides ideal growing conditions for the moss. Likewise, if moisture works under the shingles, it can promote mold growth, which also deteriorates the roof.

Tree Debris

The most common issue related to trees that overhang a roof is that they drop debris in the form of leaves, needles, twigs, and buds. On their own, these don’t cause much damage. However, as they stay on the roof, they, too, trap moisture against the surface. So, you have another source of excess moisture to accelerate the deterioration of your roof.

Eventually, the debris gets washed off of the roof, typically during the next rainstorm. The water cascades into the gutters, as it’s meant to do, but this watershed brings with it the detritus of the tree debris. Gutters aren’t set up to funnel debris, so the debris typically clogs them. When you have clogged gutters, the rainwater can wash back up onto your roof and cause more moisture damage.

Falling Limbs

The other common issue that occurs because of overhanging trees is considerably larger than dropped leaves — overhanging trees can drop the whole limb. When that situation occurs, the limb can cause considerable damage. Part of your roof can even collapse if the branch is large enough. At bare minimum, the branch is sure to damage some shingles and perhaps fascia.

Trees can drop limbs onto your roof for different reasons. If the area has experienced severe winds recently, a big branch can break and either fly onto your roof or drop later. A dying tree is more prone to dropping branches. Likewise, Colorado often sees wet spring snow after trees have started budding. The wet snow weighs down on branches, which can cause them to snap and fall.

Toppled Dead Tree

Speaking of dead trees, any tree that’s near your house can succumb to disease or infestation. Some common pests in Colorado are pine beetles and spruce bark beetles. Both are decay species that can cause disease in your tree, which eventually leads to death.

A dead or dying tree is more likely to drop branches onto your roof. Even worse, though, it may topple over in the next windstorm. The tree will do a lot of damage if it hits your house as it topples over. Keep a close eye on trees that are near your house to prevent this danger.

Animal Access

A tree that overhangs or is just near the house presents another danger many homeowners don’t think about. The tree provides a convenient ladder for animals such as raccoons, squirrels, and even rats. They can use the overhanging limbs to get access to your roof. Once there, they can take up residence or get into your attic. They might damage the shingles with their teeth or claws.

Birds don’t need overhanging branches to get onto your roof — they’re more likely to just fly up there. However, they can roost or build their nests on the branches that overhang the roof. Bird droppings are acidic. If a large amount of droppings top your roof, the uric acid can weaken roof tar and asphalt shingles. The droppings can also discolor the roof.

Contact Golden Spike Roofing if you discover any of these types of tree-related damage on your roof.

7 Signs Your Roof Needs Repair

Roof damage is a severe problem that can affect the structural integrity of any building. Unfortunately, some homeowners don’t know when it’s time to repair or make adjustments on their roofs. If you don’t identify early signs of damage and act accordingly, you may end up with a completely ruined roof. Here are clear signs that your roof needs attention.

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Can Your Roofing Issues Wait?

Once you spot the signs of damage to your roof, how much time do you have to spare? Should you call a roofing specialist today, or can it wait for a few weeks? You may have many questions about your roof and how quickly to react when you notice the signs that something may be wrong.

You are most likely not a roofing specialist, and that’s okay. This article will show you why you should act quickly rather than delay assistance.

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Roof replacement is a big project. While it might only take a couple of days, the replacement involves the removal of the old roof and installation of the new roof — and all its parts. In fact, your roof consists of a lot more than just shingles.

Reputable roofers will bring up any additions they believe are necessary for your project. However, you may find it helpful to research these four roof details before you meet with your contractor.

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At one time, wooden shingles were the standard. The two common styles are smooth shingles and their rustic counterpart, the shake. Fabricators use special crafting tools to split lumber to make shakes, a process that leaves the shingle looking rough-hewn.

Because some homeowners don’t want the upkeep of real wood roofing, manufacturers have started making shake alternative shingles out of other materials such as asphalt and composite. While shake alternative roofs would look handsome on any house, the roofing would especially complement certain architectural styles.

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Asphalt shingle roofs last around 20 years, provided that weather or other external factors don’t reduce that expected lifespan. Still, you may be unsure whether your shingled roof is due for a replacement, especially if storms have hit your home hard or decades have passed since the roof was last replaced.

If you wonder whether your home is due for a new roof, then you should know a few clues that will help you make a decision. Below are four signs that your asphalt shingle roof is nearing or has passed the end of its useful life.

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The lower edge of your roof is susceptible to several problems and some types of damage that may not be issues for other roof areas. It can be easy for wind to blow rain back underneath this area, and it’s also one of the more vulnerable spots in a windstorm.

Here are some common issues that can occur with your roof eaves and overhang that may require roof repairs or maintenance work.

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If you clean your gutters on a seasonal schedule and check roof flashings regularly, you might scratch your head when you still deal with issues like roof leaks and missing shingles. Unfortunately, other culprits of roofing damage exist — and one of those villains might be you. Here are two surprising ways people unintentionally damage their own roofs and how you can avoid issues in the long run. 

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Ice Dams

What Is an Ice Dam?

A ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof that prevents melting snow from draining. Water backs up behind the dam and can leak into the home. In Colorado, our sunshine can make temperatures get high and then quickly cool by 30° or more once shade hits, which then gets the dams re-forming.

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