Trees & Black Roof Spots
One of the most important maintenance checks for your roof is to check that trees are not growing too close to your roof and that mold or other growths are not spreading over your roof. It’s important that you are aware of the potential problems trees and mold can cause to your work so that you can properly work to prevent these problems. Consider finding a professional roofer to help you if you are unable to keep up with the maintenance of your roof.
Trees are great, but not when they can potentially damage your roof! Here are some common problems caused by trees and branches near your roof, and ways to fix them.
- Leaning branches. Branches leaning on the roof can scratch and gouge roofing materials when they are blown by the wind. Make sure to remove branches that lean onto your roof.
- Falling branches. Falling branches from overhanging trees can damage or puncture shingles. It’s important to always keep an eye out for branches and if you see any large ones up on your roof, make sure to safely remove them.
- Falling leaves. These can clog gutter systems, causing water to back up into the attic or into your house or to run down behind the fascia boards.
Remember: trees near your roof should always be kept neat and trimmed!
Find a local landscaper to help you maintain your trees and shrubs from getting in the way of your roof.
Mold in your home is dangerous and a sign of trouble, no matter where you find it. If you see black or discoloring streaks on your roof then it is a sign that you probably have mold, algae or fungus growing on the roof. Mold, algae and fungus grow faster in times of high humidity. This is especially true for roofs that are in the shade for long periods of time.
How to Prevent Mold
Checking your roof every few months ensures that any mold growth does not get out of control. Pay close attention to the color of your roof, and if you notice any color changes staring to occur then you’ll know it’s time to investigate and call a local roofing contractor to help you. An excellent way to prevent mold growth is to trim back trees to reduce shade. This will also improve the air circulation around the roof. Another solution is to install zinc strips along the ridge of the roof. As the strips get wet from rain, the water rolls across them and leaves a protective coating on the roof that aids in preventing mold growth.