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Tree Branches VS Your Roof

Tree Branches VS Your Roof

Can Tree Branches Really Damage My Roof?

After bad storms and tornadoes, you’ve probably watched the news and seen roofs caved in by toppled trees. But it’s much more common for a single branch to wreak havoc on your home, and you might be surprised how. Branches can be putting your home in danger for more than one reason when they grow too close to your roof.

1. Branches could fall.

Gravity is the law that never changes: if there’s a branch hanging above your roof, it’s going to fall one day. Better to cut it down and control when and where it falls than to pay the price when you least expect it.

Be sure to cut down a branch using all the right safety equipment and precautions. The idea is to prevent property damage, not cause it.

2. Animals can access your roof.

A tree branch is like a one-way ticket from the ground straight onto your roof. From there, critters like squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, and possums can have a field day. Don’t be surprised to wake up to scratching in your attic one morning because a raccoon family invited themselves in.

3. Moisture can accumulate.

Branches that shade your roof or lie on top of it will prevent moisture from evaporating quickly–meaning moisture soaks into your roof. Over time, this moisture causes rot and decay of your roof, which will ultimately lead to leaks and higher energy bills as air escapes.

4. Leaves can clog your gutters.

Gutters exist for one reason: to take water from your roof and send it as far away from your house as possible. That way water doesn’t leak down into your foundation or rot away your siding.

Gutters clogged with leaves will eventually overflow with rainwater, sending water cascading down your siding, where it will leave ugly stains, rot the siding, and slowly cause your foundation to shift and become unstable.

5. Branches can scratch and damage your shingles.

Most shingles nowadays are made of little asphalt granules. These shingles will lose granules gradually over time from rainstorms, sun exposure, and dust. But they can also be scraped off your roof by tree branches. When the wind blows branches across your roof, your shingles get worn down much faster than usual, putting your roof at risk for leaks or shingles that fly off during a storm.

All in all, tree branches near your roof cause nothing but trouble. It’s always best to cut them down before they turn into a real problem, and if you don’t feel comfortable with a saw you can always call a professional to take care of it.

Improper Gutter Installation

Improper Gutter Installation

Your gutters play a crucial role in protecting your home from unruly weather conditions. Working as shields, your gutters serve as a channel for water to flow away from your property. Properly installed gutters protect your siding, fascia, walls, and soffit from water damage. Gutters also prevent soil erosion, protect your landscape, prevent flooding in your basement, and protect your home’s foundation from water damage.

This is clearly enough reason for why it is so important for homeowners to ensure that their gutters are installed properly. In the event they are not, they need to search for a reputable and respectable company such as Greenawalt Roofing for new gutter installation.

Now that you know you should make sure the gutters in your home are installed properly, you might wonder how you can tell if they are installed correctly or not.

1. Inaccurate Pitching

Check to see if your gutter is installed at a slight angle or a pitch for water. If it is not, water will not be able to flow smoothly into drains and downspouts. Therefore, it is important that the pitch is positioned at a slight pitch. If the slope is too much, it can result in water spilling or ponding instead of going through the downspouts.

2. Incorrect Downspout Placement

Check to see if the downspouts are positioned properly. A downspout not positioned properly can cause water to collect in the middle of the gutter, and this gives birth to a host of problems such as roof damage, siding damage, foundation damage, and damage to the gutter system, due to excess weight placed on it by the pool of water.

3. Improper Hanger Installation

Hangers attach the entire gutter system to your property. They hold the entire weight of the gutter. Defective hangers or improperly installed hangers can make your gutters fall and sag.

 
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At Greenawalt Roofing, we know how important gutter systems are and we use the same care with our gutter & spouting installation as we do with our quality roofing services. We offer a variety of gutter systems in a variety of colors and materials to complement the look of your home.

Call us at 717-898-6000 to schedule your free estimate today!

Gutter Guards

Gutter Guards

Are gutter guards worth the money?

Gutter cleaning is perhaps one of those home maintenance tasks that most homeowners just hate doing. However, neglecting this annoying chore is not an option either. Clogged gutters can cause severe damage to your roof, windows, and walls.

What are gutter guards?

In the simplest of terms, gutter guards are covers for your gutters. These covers are designed to keep the debris out but allow the rain water and snow melt to go through the gutters. The best part is that they can be installed during the gutter installation or can be added at a later date.

Not all gutter guards are the same. There are four different types of gutter guards that you can choose to install.

  • Screen-type guards are the most straight forward gutter guards that you can install. They are made by cutting PVC or aluminum screening and placing them on top of the gutters. Just remember that these can’t keep small items such as pine needles and small leaves out.

  • Foam-type guards are strips of very porous foam that can be placed on top of the gutters. The foam allows water to pass through freely but traps the solids on the top.

  • Surface Tension gutter guards are curved plastic covers that direct the rain water and snow melt into the gutters while keeping the debris out. These are sophisticated guards that need to be installed by a professional.

  • Micro-mesh gutter guards have thousands of miniature holes that allow the water to pass through but prevent debris. These are the best gutter covers that you can install and block almost all type of trash from entering your gutters. If you choose to install these, you will need the help of a roofing professional.

Although installing gutter guards can significantly reduce the instance of clogged gutters, it won’t eliminate the need to clean your gutters entirely. You will need to take some time out to clean out the rubbish from the gutter guards themselves.

However, gutter guards do an excellent job of preventing water damage to your roof due to clogged gutters.

For what they do, gutter guards are an excellent investment for your property. They can efficiently prevent clogged gutters and the potential roof and wall damage that comes with it.

Common Spring Roofing Problems

Common Spring Roofing Problems

Spring is the perfect time to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. It’s also a great season to do some preventive maintenance around your home, including your roof. Problems with your roof can lead to widespread damage in your home that necessitates costly consequences.

Here are a few roofing problems you may encounter this year.

Damaged Gutters

Extreme weather takes a toll on your gutters. If your gutters are clogged or leaking, we recommend investing in a replacement. Various factors like temperature changes and strong winds can contribute to your gutters’ deterioration.

Persistent Leaks

Persistent roof leaks are common in the spring, and are among the top causes of water damage in homes. Avoid extensive damage to your home by turning to a professional like Greenawalt Roofing for emergency tarping services. 

Animal Lodgings

The physical damage your roofing system sustains usually shows up in the form of loose shingles and a damaged chimney. These create breeding grounds for insects and small animals like birds and squirrels. Over time, the added weight of these critters and their nests can damage your roofing system. If you notice any animal activity, you can contact wildlife control for expert assistance.

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Greenawalt Roofing can provide you with the right roofing solutions to these problems. Call us today at (717) 898-6000 to learn more about our products and services. You can also request a free estimate for a full roof replacement or hail inspection at time of call. We serve Lancaster, PA and the surrounding areas.