Vines growing on your roof and the facade of your home can be beautiful if you’re into that kind of thing. Vines tend to add a lovely countryside and traditional English aesthetic to homes.
However, growing vines on your roof and home can be tricky and need to be appropriately maintained for them to look good and not grow out of control. While we can appreciate the beauty and curb appeal that vines provide, it’s essential to know the risks involved when growing vines on your roof and home.
Lifting Shingles and Siding
Vines growing across your roofing shingles and siding has the potential to grow underneath these materials, leading to the lifting, cracking, or breaking of your roofing and siding materials. Vines grow pretty quickly, and their roots, vines, and leaves can grow in any direction. These plants are pretty strong, and over time they can lead to the degradation of your roofing and siding materials.
Insects and Pests
Plants provide the perfect environment for nesting pests and insects. However, once these insects hatch, the hatchlings made their way into your home, and you risk your family being bitten and infected by whatever poisons or bacteria these pests may be carrying. If you notice any unusual insect activity, it’s important to either remove the vines or spray pesticides and insecticides.,
Vines are notorious for depositing dead leaves and twigs in your gutter system, leading to significantly clogged gutters over time. Clogged gutters prevent excess water drainage on your roofing system, and water mixed with debris places significant weight on your gutters. This weight can lead to your gutters sagging or breaking off completely.
Vines are notorious for growing all over the place. If you’re not careful, they’re capable of completely covering your home in a matter of months. Vines need to be trimmed and tended to on a regular basis to maintain their picturesque appearance. If you allow your vines to get out of control, you risk damaging your roofing materials, gutters, and siding.
If you require helping maintaining or getting rid of the vines growing in and around your home, please don’t hesitate to give Gutter Maids a call today!