Trees are a great garden feature for homes and commercial properties. They improve the air, brighten up the place and provide shade in the summer. However, trees aren’t without their downsides. Mainly, the risk they pose to your roof. Read on for three ways trees can cause damage to your roof – and how to avoid them.

Managing leaves

The most common problem trees cause for homeowners is falling leaves. When autumn comes around, trees lose their leaves in preparation for the cold winter weather. What this means for the rest of us, however, is an endless shower of leaves on the streets, in our gardens and – yes – on our roofs also blocking the gutters very easily.

If leaves are left on your roof, they begin to hold moisture as it rains. This can get into your roof covering and even deeper into the roof’s structure, leading to leaks, damp and decay over time.

Leaves will also build up in your gutters blocking outlets and free flow of rainwater, causing water to overflow which can lead to damage elsewhere on your property. To prevent these problems, it’s best to clear leaves before the worst rain and snow hits. You may want to consider professional help to ensure leaves are cleared properly with no risk to your own safety.

Branching out

As trees grow, their branches become longer and stretch out over buildings. This can become a problem when the weather gets worse. Pressure from rain and snow or impact from strong winds can cause branches to break off the tree, falling onto your roof. Smaller branches can cause tiles to break, or even rip them clean off as they fall. Even worse, larger branches can break through your roof leaving scary looking holes.

This isn’t just a problem with branches hanging over homes. Strong winds can push branches through the air. Your property should ideally have a radius of around 3 metres from any branches to prevent this happening. However, it may be worth having your home inspected to assess the risk posed by nearby trees.

Falling trees!

The nightmare scenario for any homeowner is a falling tree. In truth, it’s not that common. According to the HSE, between 5-6 people are killed each year in the UK by falling trees. Clearly, it’s not something that happens every day. But this does show that we sometimes get winds strong enough to pull trees from the ground. Again, it’s worth having your home’s surroundings assessed and removing trees if necessary to avoid risking damage to your property.

Repairing damage from trees

If your home’s roof has fallen victim to damage from trees, speak to the experts and DPR roofing. We provide specialist roof repair services across Wakefield. With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, our roofing experts work to the same high standards on each and every job – no matter how big our small. So, whether it’s collapsed guttering or damage from a fallen tree, we can provide you with a free, no obligation quote to get the work done properly and save you money in the long run.