Everyone knows that a roof is an important part of any structure and is crucial to your home’s overall integrity and aesthetics. Naturally, you wish to protect it in any manner possible and seek roof repair once it’s been damaged.

On the other hand, trees are an unexpected source of roof damage. Keep these dangers in mind to keep your roof in the best possible form and to reduce the impact your landscape trees have on your roof:

Leaves, Needles, and Debri

Leaf particles and other tree debris might clog your cutters, but they can also harm your roof and cause considerable damage. 

As moisture is trapped in the growing leaf litter, dead plants will degrade. This can cause rot and decay in your roofing shingles, which can spread to the deeper components of your roofing system if left untreated. 

If left alone for too long, the decay will spread, and the weight of the collecting leaf debris will become heavier and heavier with each storm. This results in significant roof damage, which needs a roof repair.

Overhanging and Dangling Limbs

A massive tree leaning over your house or a giant branch from an old oak tree stretching across your house is dangerous to your roof and your house in general. Due to age and weight, you risk limbs breaking or being snapped off during a storm. 

The entire tree can collapse over in harsh weather or when it begins to die, destroying anything in its path, including your roof. To avoid this, keep limbs as far away from your house as possible and have weakened or dead trees removed as soon as possible to prevent serious roof damage!

The Yard Has Too Much Shade

In a landscape, trees are beautiful, and many homeowners prefer enormous shady trees. Shade is no exception to the rule that there can be too much of a good thing.

Too many huge trees near your home will protect fallen mold spores from the sun’s UV radiation. This causes them to spread quickly, potentially compromising the structural integrity of your roof. 

Roofs that become overly moist and shady due to the trees are more likely to suffer from mold and mildew damage. The only option to solve this problem is to thin or remove some of the trees.

Infestations of Critters and Pests

Most people realize that trees are a part of nature, but this also means that animals will live in them, and the closer the trees are to our home, the closer the animals will be. 

Birds, squirrels, and bugs all choose to live in trees. If they can readily go from their home to yours, they might move in because your home provides more food and shelter options. Pests can eat their way into your roofing system, causing damage to your home’s exterior and interior. This is why it is necessary to keep branches away from the house.

Gutter and Downspout Clogs

Leaves, branches, twigs, moss, and dead plant waste can quickly gather in your gutters. When there are many trees around your property and severe winds or rains, your gutters might become clogged in a single day.

When your gutters become clogged, they become ineffective and cannot drain water away from your home. This can cause water to collect on your roof and seep into your home, causing extensive damage. Gutter guards can assist a lot, but there’s no substitute for weekly cleanouts to keep your gutters free.

Trees on The Verge of Going Down

While thankfully not often, a falling tree is unquestionably the most damaging and disastrous. Because this type of roof damage can be disastrous, it’s critical to monitor the health and integrity of trees close enough to fall on your house. 

If the tree begins to sag, lean, or exhibit signs of illness or insect infestation, you should consider having it removed. It can be inconvenient, but it is better than the alternative and will be the best option for protecting your house and family.


Call us at Refuge Roofing today if your roof has been damaged or you want to guarantee that your roof is in tip-top shape. We can assist with any current damage and advise roof care to avoid future problems. 

Refuge Roofing is Georgia’s go-to roofing company for residential and commercial projects. If you need a roof repair in Georgia, contact us!