Tree Trimming & Your Roof
Tree Trimming and How It Affects Your Roof
While newer developments may lack trees, trees abound in older developments. Trees can liven up your yard and give character to your neighborhood. They can, however, be detrimental to your roof. Clogged gutters, roof leaks, and mold growth can all be caused by trees in your yard. The key is to keep your trees well-maintained.
The best way to keep your trees maintained is by cutting down tree limbs that hang over your roof. Severe weather can cause tree limbs to break off and damage your roof. Large trees with overhanging limbs also create a route for animals to jump on your roof and enter your attic space and home. It may seem simple enough to trim up overhanging limbs, but if done incorrectly, it can be very damaging. Make sure to call a professional to do this job.
Another important part of maintenance is keeping your gutters and roof clear of debris. If your gutters and/or roof are full of debris, you can experience roof leaks, moss and mold growth, ice dams, and other problems. Clean out your gutters regularly and sweep off your roof if it becomes caked in debris. If you are uncomfortable working on your roof, hire a professional to do the cleaning for you.
How to Examine Your Roof
Roof maintenance is required to extend the life of your roof as well as to prevent leaks and other damage that comes from neglect. Maintenance, such as cleaning leaves and debris from your roof, should be done but it all starts with an inspection. A thorough inspection should be done by a professional as they can pinpoint problems a homeowner cannot. A homeowner should inspect their own roof on occasion as well. Here are a few things to look for when you are examining your roof.
Examining your roof can start in the attic. You can spot crevices and leaks from your attic space. If you see light peering through your roof or if you notice water stains in your attic, those are sure signs you have a leak.
If you have checked your attic and you see no signs of damage, it is time to head outside. You can examine your roof from the ground with binoculars if you do not feel comfortable climbing on it. If you can clearly see your roof, check for missing or loose shingles, as well as any moss and mold growth. Furthermore, some shingles may be cracked, curled, bent, or may be missing granules. If you spot any of this damage, you should make plans for a roof repair.
Roof Cleaning: Why, When, and How it Should Be Done
Commercial roofs can get exceptionally dirty. They can easily collect trash, dirt, leaves, twigs, and other debris. As this debris collects and sits on the roof, it can foster moss and mold growth and clog the drainage system. This is why commercial roof maintenance is so critical.
Roof cleaning should be performed multiple times a year, but one of the most important times is during the spring. Debris can collect and damage can form over the winter, which can leave you with repairs in the springtime. However, this damage may be hidden by debris. Cleaning off your roof will expose problems so you can deal with them before they get worse. Having an efficient roof will become vital once summer rolls around, as an efficient roof can lower your energy costs during the hot summer months.
When cleaning a roof, you should first look for major structural damage. If there is any significant damage, contact a professional to take a look. If your roof is structurally sound, begin clearing off all of the debris stuck on the roof. This will allow you to then clean your roof using a power washer or other cleaning device. A clean white roof will be more energy efficient than a dirty one. If you are uncomfortable cleaning your roof or if you want to make sure the job is done right, contact a professional to do it for you.
Roof blow-offs happen. A roof blow-off is unfortunate and is a common occurrence during severe storms. The resulting damage can cost a home or business owner thousands of dollars in repairs. However, what causes a roof to blow off? How can an entire roof be ripped off a home in a matter of seconds?
Roof blow-offs happen due to a principle called the Bernoulli’s Principle, also known as the principle that demonstrates how airplanes fly. As air increases in speed, an area of low pressure is created. Anything in an area of high pressure will be pushed towards this area of low pressure. It is obvious this is a powerful force since it is powerful enough to lift large aircraft off the ground. So, how does this impact your roof?
Storms create high winds. As these winds increase in speed and blow across your roof, an area of low pressure is created. As the speed of the winds increases, the high pressure underneath the roof will push on the roof and eventually will cause it to push the roof right off your house. This can only occur with fast enough winds, so do not worry about a roof blow-off in low winds.
Roof Turning Green
Discolored roofs are very common in humid, rainy climates. You may have wondered why, but the reasons that roofs turn colors can vary. Green is a common color for roofs to turn, and here are a few reasons why.
During a rainy season, mold and moss growth can happen very easily. Typically, after a rain, the sun will dry off your roof which prevents the growth of mold and moss. However, should rain and overcast skies be prolonged, your roof can foster the growth of mold and moss. Mold and moss are commonly green in color, so as they grow, they can give your roof a green appearance as well. This type of growth can occur on basically any style of roof.
Large, shaded areas can foster growth as well. If your roof is covered by a tree, it will not be able to dry out after it rains, leading to the growth of mold and moss. However, this growth can be stopped.
Keeping tree limbs trimmed will allow your roof to dry out after it rains, which will help prevent the growth of mold and moss. Additionally, you can hire a professional to examine and remove the mold and/or moss once you have spotted it on your roof.
If you have any further questions regarding tree trimming, roof cleaning or more, you can contact us at 918-558-ROOF.
Outdoor Creations Roofing is located at 12816 S. Memorial Dr. in Tulsa, Oklahoma.