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Denver Roofers Explain How Landscaping Damages Your Roof

January 16, 2019

You love your home and put a lot of effort into maintaining the exterior. Everything from flowerbeds to those tall shade trees makes your yard look appealing and adds value to the property. Though you may value your landscaping and want to keep it looking great at all times, it’s not always in the best interest of your roof. In fact, your landscaping may be the reason you’re scheduling repair appointments with Denver roofing companies multiple times each year! Here are a few common but surprising landscaping issues that could do serious damage to your roof.

Low-Hanging Limbs

It should come as no surprise that low-hanging limbs are more likely to damage your roof after a severe storm. After all, they’re more likely to fall and the closer they are to the house, the higher risk you’re at for roof damage. But that’s not all they do. Low-hanging limbs can scrape across the surface of your roof and the side of the house in the wind. Over time, that scraping can damage or remove roofing materials, leaving your home vulnerable to roof leaks and damage. Trimming back those limbs will help keep your roof repairs to a minimum.

Growing Shrubs

Tall shrubs are a great way to break up monotony in your landscaping. However, they can also damage your roof. Shrubs are an ideal habitat for many rodents and pests. As the pests start exploring the area around the shrub, they often climb up the limbs. If the shrub is tall enough, those pests can easily make the leap from the shrub to your gutters and roof. If you have existing roof damage, the rodents can easily work their way into your attic through the damaged area. This can lead to damage in your attic, compromise the wiring in your walls, and even bring diseases into your home. Worse, you’ll have a bigger damaged area on your roof that will need to be repaired or replaced before your house can be safe from the elements again. 

Spreading Vines

Vines are a great way to add shade to a patio or porch without building an extension onto your home. All it needs is a trellis. But that same vine can also damage your roof and your siding. When left to spread, the vine will keep growing up. If it reaches the roof, the roots and tendrils may bore into the roofing materials and damage the roof structure. Worse, the siding supporting the vine may warp, increasing your risk of water damage in your walls. 

The easiest way to prevent roof damage is to stay on top of your landscape maintenance. If you notice any issues with water damage or see parts of the roof that look discolored after trimming back low-hanging limbs, schedule a roof inspection immediately. The sooner any roof damage is taken care of, the safer your home and your family will be. 

Don’t put off an inspection. Call (720) 309-9722 to schedule a free inspection and repair estimate with Big Creek Roofing & Restoration today.