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Three Ways Overgrown Trees Can Damage Rooftops

Although trees can grow quite well on their own without much assistance from property owners, many tree varieties benefit from routine tree pruning to help promote health and stability through the years. Unfortunately, overgrown trees that receive little to no proactive tree pruning not only suffer from poor tree stability and beauty, but they can also cause damage to nearby properties. One of the more common types of property damage caused by overgrown trees is roof damage to homes and businesses. In today’s blog post, we’ll explore the problem of overgrown trees in greater detail and explain how tree pruning can prevent it.

Physical Damage Caused By Overgrown Trees

Over time, overgrown limbs can strike roofs and damage shingles every time the wind blows, leading to dangerous leaks in rooftops. In addition, the additional weight from overgrown branches can lead to severe branch breaks, causing them to collapse onto properties and cause serious structural damages. For trees that are not very tall but are still in close proximity to homes and other structures, overgrown and extended branches can hit windows, causing cracks or completely shattering windows. In each of these cases, property owners can expect to pay significant amounts of money to repair and replace shingles, rooftops, windows, and interior damages such as Sheetrock, flooring, and furniture damaged by roof leaks.

Blockages Caused By Fallen Foliage

When overgrown trees are near homes, their excess foliage can collect on shingles, rooftops, and near gutters, trapping in moisture and allowing the rooftop to develop unsightly dark spots or even rot over time. In addition, blocked gutters can cause rainwater to back up and leak into homes or structures, causing additional repair and replacement costs for the property owner. When trees are regularly pruned, especially if they were planted too close to structures, this can help reduce the risk of potential property damages down the road.

Encourage Infestations of Insects and Vermin

Trees with overgrown branches and limbs can provide a way for squirrels, mice, possums, and other small animals and vermin to easily access homes and buildings, further increasing damage to rooftops. Additionally, taller and unkempt trees can also encourage infestations of invasive insects such as termites, roaches, ants, and spiders, which can easily access homes and require costly extermination services. As a side consequence, invasive insects that access the property because of overgrown trees can quickly damage the reputation of specific businesses such as restaurants, offices, and retail services.

Although overgrown trees might offer pleasant shade and more privacy, these benefits are far outweighed by the myriad of costly problems caused by overgrown branches and limbs. Embark Services is committed to protecting both tree health and property owners through our safe, efficient, and professional Tree Pruning Services. Embark Services’s team of Certified Arborists understand all facets of tree care and biology, and know exactly how the different tree species found in the Gulf Coast region should be pruned to promote their long-term health and beauty. In addition, all work is performed in accordance to tree care industry standards, and is performed with total OSHA safety compliance. Contact Embark Services for more information about our Tree Pruning Services, or go online to request a free consultation!