As we discussed in our last article, trees provide numerous benefits to our environment, including shade, oxygen production, and aesthetic appeal. However, when a tree is situated close to a building, it can pose potential risks. The proximity of a tree to a structure can, not only cause damage from roots but also increases the chances of above-ground damage, which can lead to costly repairs and compromised safety. So, let’s consider some of those risks:
The branches of a tree that overhang a building can pose a threat to its structural integrity. During storms or strong winds, these branches may break and fall onto the roof or walls, causing damage. Moreover, as branches rub against the building’s surface, they can scrape off protective coatings, leading to deterioration and vulnerability to moisture.
Trees that are close to a building can cause damage to the roof. Overhanging branches can scrape against the shingles, dislodging them or creating gaps that allow water to seep in. Leaves, twigs, and debris can accumulate on the roof, trapping moisture and accelerating the deterioration of roofing materials – this can result in leaks, water damage, and compromised insulation.
Identifying early warning signs of tree-related damage is vital to prevent further deterioration and costly repairs. Some common signs include cracks in the foundation or walls, uneven floors or sticking doors and windows, leaks or water stains on ceilings, sagging or drooping rooflines, and unusual sounds, such as creaking or popping, during windy conditions.
Dealing with tree-related issues requires expertise and specialized knowledge. Consulting with a professional arborist or tree care service is essential to assess the situation. They can also provide guidance on tree selection, maintenance, and if necessary, safe removal.