Maintaining Trees and Roofs

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Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

In my northwest corner of the country, we have both evergreen trees and deciduous trees. People like the look of their trees. We are noted for our great lush green forests.

These trees can be a problem when they grow up over the roof. Sometimes limbs come off and crash through roofs or gutters come down. However, the most common problem is simpler than that -- the trees lead to a buildup of organic debris on the roof and that debris keeps the roof from shedding water. When a roof cannot shed water, the likelihood of leaks increases. The photo below gets the point across quite nicely.

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Liz Moras
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Another good tip - you get sobusy in the day to day of living 'inside'your home you forget what those beautiful trees can do to your roof!

Dec 11, 2009 11:29 PM #1
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Ralph Brady
Brady Home Inspection - Eureka, CA

I always thought trees would be nice around a house, until I started inspecting houses.  Now I want my house to get lots of sun.  There are houses in this area that don't dry out completly from November until April.

Dec 12, 2009 01:05 AM #2
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Kate Ford
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We who live in the desert are much smarter. We know not to plant hangy offy trees around the house.

Dec 12, 2009 05:43 AM #3
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David Helm
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Oh come on Kate, you know you don't have trees like that down there in the desert.

Dec 12, 2009 05:46 PM #4
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
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The other potenially bad thing about large trees close to the home is the tree or a large limb can come crashing through the house. It's best to keep trees at a distance.

Dec 12, 2009 05:48 PM #5
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Jim Allhiser
Perfection Inspection, Inc. - Salem, OR
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Carpenter ants love to nest in that stuff too.  Bad combination.

Dec 12, 2009 10:56 PM #6
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David Helm
Helm Home Inspections - Bellingham, WA
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I agree totally with James.  Many years ago I was sleeping away when I heard this loud crash.  I looked up and saw, to my horror, a large branch sticking through the skylight directly above my head.  Fortunately, the double wall skylight stopped the branch from coming all the way in to my sleeping body.

Dec 13, 2009 12:52 PM #7
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Kate Ford
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David, funny thing - palms are not indigenous to LV. I was thinking more of the pines which DO look out of place! Some builders actually did plant pines too close to homes but I'm sure those builders, like the palm, were transplants and did not know better.

Dec 14, 2009 08:03 AM #8
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Jay Markanich
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Tarzan could not have woven a better-looking roof!

 

Kate, do you plant hangy offy trees anywhere?

Dec 15, 2009 05:56 AM #9
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Kate Ford
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Someone planted them up in Red Rock. They're near the spots with water falls and springs.

Dec 15, 2009 08:47 AM #10
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