Landscaping is a great way to add value to your property. As a matter of fact, landscaping around your home can add as much as 14% to the resale value. However, when you are planting and caring for your landscaping, you should consider how your landscaping will affect your roof. Landscaping choices can affect the longevity of your roof.
Roof Longevity and Landscaping There is a Connection
Most people are not looking up at their roof when they are making landscaping choices for their yard, but perhaps they should. What you plant in the ground around your home can easily make its way up towards your roof and cause roofing problems.
A little pre-planning for your landscaping around your home with an eye on the future, can help to protect your roof. When you are planning your landscaping it is important to consider the full-grown height of the plants, and how the height may affect your roof.
Hedges and Shrubs Can Cause Problems for Your Roof
Hedges and shrubbery are often planted up against a home to hide the foundation and provide privacy. Tall hedges and shrubs that grow up toward the roof look nice, but they can be an invitation to roofing problems. Taller plantings can be a perfect bridge from the ground to the roof for squirrels and other pests that can cause roofing damage. Squirrels can be a huge problem for your home. If they find access to your roof via your landscaping, they will work at trying to gain access to your home through your roof by chewing through your roofing material. Of course, your gutters are also at risk when your landscaping is too close to your roof.
Most roofs can stay in good condition for about 20 years. If your roof has surpassed that 20-year point, you should consider a replacement. A scurry (the name for a group of squirrels) can prematurely age a roof. It is essential that you do not provide easy access to your roof for these adorable yet destructive pests.
Trees Are Great for Shade, But Not So Great For Your Roof
Trees can be a great natural way to cut down on energy costs. They provide shade in the summer keeping cooling costs down and provide a windbreak in the winter to help improve heating efficiency. Trees are great for keeping erosion around your home in check as well, but there is an important part of your home that may not benefit from your trees if you do not keep them trimmed.
Trees that are left to grow over your roof are a tremendous threat to your roof. Removing overhanging limbs is essential to protecting your home. Most people realize that all it takes is a storm for an overhanging limb to cause serious damage. Evidently, many homeowners are getting on board with the idea of keeping their trees trimmed. From 2016 to 2021, three servicing companies enjoyed a growth spurt of about 8%.
Keeping limbs away from your roof is important not only because it will keep limbs from crashing through your roof, but it will also help to keep leaf litter and other debris to a minimum. Decaying leaf litter, pine sap, and other tree sap can eat away at the roof of your home and age your shingles. Of course, tree debris can also clog your gutters. Clogged gutters cannot do the job that they are supposed to which ultimately will cause damage.
Vines and Climbers
Growing vines and other climbing varieties up against your house is not a good idea. Vines and climbers can be very powerful. They can easily tear through your roofing material and leave your home prone to water damage. Climbing foliage looks nice but it can get out of hand quickly. This type of vegetation is known for working its way behind siding and under roofing materials.
You can do your part to ensure that your roof is long-lasting and able to fully protect your home by planning your landscaping carefully and keeping an eye on how it grows.