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How Trees Kill Roofs

How Trees Kill Roofs


Hey everyone, Nate here with Outside
Cleaners on Cape Cod Massachusetts. Guess what? Trees are killing your roof. Nobody wants to hear it but that’s the truth: Trees which overhang a roof contribute
directly to the destruction of those roofing shingles. Here’s how: Moss and lichen spores drop from the tree branches onto the roof shingles …where they’re happy to thrive in the shade and moisture provided by the same
overhanging branches. Over time – but NOT overnight as some homeowners claim – the spores grow into mosses and lichens and it’s all downhill from there. Mosses push up on the edge of the shingles which then lift up, catch the wind, and break
during our coastal storms. Lichens – there’s thousands of types – actually feed upon the protective outer layer of the shingles. That damage is irreversible. Here on Cape Cod we see far more roofs destroyed by moss and lichen than by
“Old Age.” So the question then becomes, “How do I keep my roof clean?” First and foremost, keep those trees trimmed back. If you’re not comfortable doing it
yourself just hire an insured local professional. Want to know other ways? Check out these videos or visit ourwebsite.

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