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Trees around your home are good for your home’s curb appeal. Not only are they capable of providing shade during the daytime, but they are also notable features that make up your eye-catching landscaping. Those planted too close to your home, however, can expose your property to some risks.

Gutter Helmet® Piedmont, your local source of gutter protection systems, discusses how tall trees can pose a threat to your home.

Trees and Your Home’s Foundation

Tree roots may penetrate through your foundation via its pre-existing cracks. Uplift may also occur when roots grow so large that they extend beneath the foundation. The more they draw nutrients and water from the soil, the more likely it is for your home to settle.

Trees and Your Roof and Gutters

Tall trees that exceed the height of your home may compromise your roofing and gutter systems. Branches that suddenly fall off may subject the roof’s shingles to various forms of damage like punctures or cracks. Certain types of trees shed leaves during the autumn, which then collect in the gutters and on the roof’s ridges.

Disregarding these problems can put your roofing and gutter systems in danger. For one, damage on your roof may result in leaks that can compromise its structural integrity. Also, clogged gutters may cause moisture issues that affect not just your roof, but also your home’s exterior components like siding and windows.

Ensuring Protection

It is good to have trees around, but, as a homeowner, it is your responsibility to keep your home safe, especially when one is planted near it. Cut overhanging branches so that leaves won’t collect and cause clogs in gutters. Regularly inspect your gutters. The gutters should channel water away from your home.

To prevent clogs further, you can invest in a gutter protection system like Gutter Helmet. You can get this product installed with the help of Gutter Helmet Piedmont. Call us at (844) 204-1015, or fill out our contact form to learn more. We serve Charlotte, NC.