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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Rainmaker
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Jim Allhiser
Salem, Oregon Home Inspector
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Carpenter ants love to nest in that stuff too.  Bad combination.

December 12, 2009 10:56 PM
Rainer
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David Helm
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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.

December 13, 2009 12:52 PM
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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.

December 14, 2009 08:03 AM
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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?

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

December 15, 2009 08:47 AM
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Steven L. Smith, King of the House Home Inspection, provides information for real estate buyers, sellers and real estate industry professionals. Blog posts emphasize issues commonly found in Bellingham, WA and Whatcom County. Smith is Washington State Licensed Home Inspector #207, a state licensed structural pest inspector, ASHI certified inspector #252760 and one of the most experienced inspectors in the northwest corner of the Pacific Northwest. Steven L. Smith is lead instructor of home inspection at Bellingham Technical College and teaches classes for Washington State University and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Steve was a two-term member of the state licensing board.