When you originally plant a new tree in your yard, it is normal to feel excited about the beauty it will provide your landscaping. Unfortunately, what many people neglect to realize is that eventually that tree will grow – it might grow so big that it causes problems for your roof, windows and gutters.
Tree limbs can easily fall onto your roof, causing structural damage, depending on their size. Whether you have diseased trees with weakened limbs or there is a harsh wind that rips and bends the tree into pieces, it could do serious damage to your roof. Even if the tree stays where it is supposed to, branches, leaves and other debris can be ripped off the tree and end up on your roof. The sheer weight of the wet materials can pose a threat to your home’s structure. In addition, the wet material can cause mold or mildew to begin to form.
The same danger applies to the windows in your home. A large tree that has limbs that break off can end up crashing through your window, leaving you with a disaster. Even if your trees are left intact, they can still grow large enough that they begin to decrease your window’s efficiency. Blocking sunlight can deprive your home of crucial natural light. In addition, it can also reduce the amount of natural energy you receive, causing you to have higher utility bills or colder rooms.
Even if you clean your gutters a few times per year, they could still be at risk for serious damage if you have large trees nearby. The trees can easily topple over onto the gutters if they are situated too closely to them. In addition, the same leaves and other debris that can accumulate on the roof can make a home in your gutters. This could put your gutters at risk of collapsing or being clogged. The weight of the backed up water can be bad for not only your gutters, but also your roof, siding and even the interior of your home.
Take close consideration of the proximity of your home before planting a new tree. If you have existing trees that are rather close, pay attention to how they are growing and keep them trimmed back as much as possible in order to reduce the amount of damage that your roof, windows or siding experience.