April 26, 2024

How Trees & Landscaping can Affect your Roof

Here in Florida, we lack no abundance of tropical flora and we take pride in its beauty. In fact, we adore our live oaks, pine trees and palms for the shade they provide and their signature Florida look.  However, these gentle giants can affect your roof and cause damage. But no need to panic – simple maintenance is all that is needed to keep your roof and landscaping safe and happy. Read on to see how landscaping and trees can affect your roof. 

Protect Your Home

Storm Damage

Unfortunately, we are no strangers to hurricanes here in Florida. Their destructive, powerful winds and waters cause monumental damage almost every year. To minimize damage when the storm rolls your way, keep your tree limbs trimmed and away from your house. We recommend doing this regularly because when a storm is on the horizon, you don’t need to be outside clipping branches. 

Blocked Gutters 

Tree debris, such as sticks and leaves can clog your gutters. When this happens, rain water is unable to drain properly, leaving lots of heavy water sitting on your roof. This can cause mold to grow, and even worse, leaks and other structural damage if not fixed. 


Another perhaps surprising consequence of leaving tree debris in your gutters and on your roof is attracting termites and other pests. That’s right! Termites eat more than just wood, including organic decaying materials. Termites cause over $5 billion in damage every year, so having dirty, clogged gutters is not worth the risk! 

On the other hand, when tree limbs are left close to the roof, this creates easy access for varmints like rats and squirrels. Rodents living in your attic create big trouble, including health concerns, property damage and more! 

Tips for a Clean Roof 

How often do you perform maintenance to your roof? If you can’t remember the answer to this question, that may be a sign that your roof needs TLC. Here are some tips for maintaining your roof. If you need professional help, Big D is here for you! 

  • Trim trees regularly, especially those closest to your roof
  • Clean out your gutters at least twice a year, preferably each time you notice a build up of debris. 
  • Clear your roof of sticks, leaves and other debris at least twice a year. 

Healthy Roof, Happy Home 

Trees and landscaping are an important part of your yard and curb appeal. Use this guide to keep your yard looking beautiful while protecting your roof. If your roof needs repair from damage, such as falling limbs or debris, let us know and we’ll give you a free estimate.

Our promise to you is a quality roof that will keep you and your family safe! If you need help maintaining it, just give us a call. Our roofing experts would be happy to help.