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Updated by Stephanie Puchacz on Apr 04, 2021
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5 Tips to Prevent Roof Damage

Worried that the trees around your home might damage your roof in the next storm? See what tips Charlotte roofing contractor Signature Exteriors gives to prevent roof damage this storm season!


Trim the Trees

Trim all branches that are too close to your roof. If you are not comfortable doing so, call a tree expert, an arborist, to take care of it for you. It may be ideal to bring on a professional as they will take all necessary precautions to protect your roof while they perform the tree trimming. If you find that you have to trim 25% or more from the tree, it is worth looking into having it removed. A tree that experiences this amount of trimming is likely to die and fall, possibly onto your roof.


Check Your Tree Placement

If you are looking to plant trees or remove the ones that you think may cause a danger to your home, it is recommended that trees be at least 15 to 20 feet from your home. Smaller trees should be at least 15 feet from your home while larger trees should be at least 20 feet from your home.


Prune Young Trees

It is a good idea to prune the young trees around your home to help control tree growth. By performing regular pruning on these young trees, you can create strong crotches (junction between the tree branch and trunk) that will make it less likely to break off in storms.


Clean Your Roofing and Gutters

Remove debris as soon as you see it accumulating on your roof or in your gutters. If you have trees that drop debris all year long, we recommend that you perform roof and gutter maintenance every few months. Gutter guards are also a great option to help keep your gutters clear and in working order. Ask us about recommended gutter guards that work best in your local region. In the Charlotte area, we recommend products such as LeaFree Gutter Guard or Gutter Rx Gutter Guard.


Relocate Unstable Trees

If you aren’t sure if a tree is stable, bring in an arborist to provide you with their recommendations. If you plan to remove the trees yourself, use caution and recommended safety precautions. Always check your local city bylaws as some tree species are protected and cannot be cut down, other bylaws prohibit removed trees with a certain trunk diameter.

5 Tips to Prevent Roof Damage by Trees - Signature Exteriors

Want to learn more? Read the full-guide here that explains the benefits of trees around your home, possible disadvantages, and more expert advice from certified roofing contractors!