All of your spring landscaping decisions should take into consideration your home’s structural positioning. Your home is an interconnected system — if one element is off, such as a tree growing too closely to your roof, your entire property might feel the weight of the damage, possibly in a literal sense.
Whether you are tackling your spring landscaping on your own or hiring a company to clean up after the long winter, keep in mind that your roof is the main line of defense between your home and water damage, and as such should be properly regarded in all of your curb appeal improvement planning.
Assess Tree Locations
Examine the trees you have on your property right now. Look at the branches. Are they long, overhanging your gutters or any portion of the roof? They could potentially break in a strong storm and damage your roof.
If they are leafy trees, you probably spent hours cleaning your gutters last autumn. A buildup of debris from nearby trees can lead to ice dams in the winter and water damage inside your home. Shade from leafy trees also could increase moisture levels and contribute to mossy growth on your shingles — a precursor to rot and premature degradation.
Consider trimming large tree branches, or even removing trees that you and your roofer or landscaper deem threatening to your home. If you’re planting new trees, anticipate growth before selecting a planting location, and invest in regular pruning and trimming to direct growth away from your roof.
Examine Your Drainage System and Attic
Pronounced branch growth over your roof can lead to another problem: critter infestation. Small animals and rodents may use this as a pathway to access your gutters and your attic. In both cases, they might nest and disrupt the flow of water to your gutters and downspouts.
If you see animal droppings in your attic or evidence of nesting in your drainage system, removing the tree branches is important, but you also need to call an exterminator to clear out the animals.
Afterward, clean up all traces of debris and ensure water has a clear path away from your roof, throughout your drainage system, with the downspouts directed away from your home’s foundation.
Repair Roof Damage Immediately
After you have completed your spring landscaping and removed all debris from your roof and drainage system, have your roofing contractor check for rot and mold. Repair any areas of your roof that may have taken a beating from the winter weather so you are prepared for the year ahead.
Call Knockout Roofing for more information on how to form a spring landscaping plan that maximizes the life of your roof and keeps your home dry and safe.