How Trees Affect Your Roofing System

Jul 9, 2021Blog, Roofing

Planting trees around your house is a great way to beautify your property and add bits of nature to your living spaces. Trees are one small but important step in landscaping that will not only improve the curb appeal of your home but also increase its resale value if you should ever decide to move on from your current home.

While we can recognize the beauty of trees and nature in general, they contribute to our properties in ways that you might not be aware of. This article details how the trees on your property can affect your home’s roofing system.


Clogged Gutters

During the Fall and Winter, or even during some windy weather conditions, trees tend to lose their leaves, cones, and needles. This foliage often lands right on top of your roofing system and eventually settling in your gutter system, clogging it in the process.

Clogged gutters prevent excess water from draining away from your roofing system. These leaves and needles tend to become heavier once they absorb any excess water. This weight leads to the sagging of your gutters, eventually leading to them breaking.


Falling Trees

During severe weather conditions, it’s common for the wind to uproot or snap trees in half. If a tree is planted close to your home and falls onto your roof, then chances are that huge chunks of lumber will be caving through any ceiling they come into contact with.



If a tree’s shadow blocks the sunlight on parts of your rooftop, this could lead to discoloration over time. This discoloration is caused by the sun fading the shingles around the tree’s shadow, which leads to uneven color blotches across your rooftop. These varying colors are pretty unsightly and can affect your home’s curb appeal.


Mold Growth

If you live in a house surrounded by trees, your rooftop is probably not getting enough sunlight. This leads to damp conditions that encourage the growth of mildew and mold on your roof and especially in your gutters, where moisture is often found.


Protection Against UV Rays

Having trees shade your home isn’t always a bad idea. Their shadows can protect your roofing system from the sun’s harmful UV rays, which are one of the most significant contributors to the aging and deterioration of your roof.


Increase Your Home’s Value

The best way to transform a dull property into your dream house is with beautiful landscaping. Being surrounded by nature and other aesthetically pleasing things will drastically improve people’s moods, quality of life, and even the value of their properties. Large trees are an attractive addition that can provide shade for hot summer days while increasing your home’s curb appeal.


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