Winter Worries

It’s the beginning of the winter season in Oklahoma, and while the festivities are getting underway, if one isn’t careful a Grinch in the form of a catastrophe is waiting to steal away the cheer and ruin your plans. After a bad ice storm, you’ve probably watched the news and seen roofs caved in by toppled trees. But it’s much more common for a single branch to wreak havoc on your home, and you might be surprised how. Branches can be putting your home in danger for more than one reason when they grow too close to your roof. If a tree falls on your roof and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Yes, it is the sound of cash flying out of your wallet.

Thankfully, Sparrow Construction’s talented and knowledgeable staff are trained in the art of helping out in case of an emergency. While we are more than capable in helping out in crisis, here are a few reasons why you should be TREE-ting your home and some tips on preventative maintenance for your home during this winter wonderland.

  1. Branches could fall.

Gravity is the law that never changes: if there’s a branch hanging above your roof, it’s going to fall one day. Its best cut it down and control when and where it falls than to pay the price when you least expect it. In many cases, it is also beneficial and healthy for the tree to have its branches trimmed back anyway. Be sure to cut down a branch using all the right safety equipment and precautions. The idea is to prevent property damage, not cause it.

  1. Animals can access your roof.

A tree branch is like a four-lane expressway that leads from the outside wilderness, directly to your home. All manner of creatures, like squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, and possums would love to build a shelter from the elements inside your nice, warm, and dry house. Don’t be surprised to wake up to scratching in your attic one morning because a raccoon family invited themselves into your attic. Be sure to inspect your roof and attic for possible entry points and seal them up as well.

  1. Moisture and leaves can accumulate.

Branches that shade your roof, or lie directly on it, or shed their leaves on top of it, will prevent moisture from evaporating quickly–meaning moisture soaks into your roof. Over time, this moisture causes rot and decay of your roof, which will ultimately lead to leaks and higher energy bills as air escapes. The accumulating leaves can and will fill up and block your gutters as well. Gutters exist for one reason: to take water from your roof and put it away from your home. That way water doesn’t leak down into your foundation or rot away your siding. However, if there are leaves blocking the flow of water to the downspouts, then the water will simply sit there until some force acts upon it. Gutters clogged with leaves will eventually overflow with rainwater, sending water cascading down your siding, where it will leave ugly stains, rot the siding, and may even cause your foundation to shift and become unstable.

  1. Branches can scratch and damage your shingles.

Most shingles nowadays are made of little asphalt granules. These shingles lose granules gradually over time from rainstorms, sun exposure and dust. But they can also be scraped off your roof by tree branches. When the wind blows branches across your roof, your shingles get worn down much faster than usual, putting your roof at risk for leaks or shingles that fly off during a storm. In some severe cases, the tree branch may even puncture all the way through a shingle which would cause it to scratch on the decking itself.

All in all, tree branches near your roof cause nothing but trouble. It’s always best to cut them down before they turn into a real problem, and if you don’t feel comfortable with a saw you can and should always call Sparrow Construction to take care of it for you in a professional and timely manner. And if you have had a branch fall on your house and you need repairs, we are the guys to call. Set up a free inspection with us today!