It looks like life is finally returning to normal from the COVID-19 pandemic as vaccines roll out and the spread gets under control. For many businesses, this means thinking about getting things in gear for a proper roll-out of business activity, especially for next year.
One of the things that businesses can do as preparation is ensuring that the business properties are ready to go back into heavier duty. The roof is an integral part of this equation. It should definitely be given more consideration after Texas went through one of the worst snowstorms in years. Trees also figure prominently in good roof care for both good and bad reasons. Here’s why trees on a property can actually be helpful, but also what you need to watch out for with them.
Everyone agrees that trees can do a lot to beautify a property. Still, they can also provide some indirect, protective benefits. Large trees do an excellent job of buffering or softening the potential damage of wind. Because the wind has to travel through the trees first before reaching a roof, this can mean that the forces that might have been strong enough to rip off shingles or layers are now blunted enough to no longer be able to do so.
Before there was ultraviolet coating to protect items from the erosive properties of UV light, the shade was the original protective screen. Trees with large areas of leaves provide ample screening against harmful UV shades, as well as helping to maintain a cooler temperature on a building, reducing the amount of work that the HVAC units have to do.
However, trees also have their risks, which is what property owners must be careful of regarding the roof.
For seasonal trees that shed leaves in the autumn, or even the so-called “evergreen” pine trees with needles that are shed throughout the year, the blockage is a primary concern. Depending on the kind of drainage system a roof uses, gutters or drain grates may be blocked by falling leaves. If this happens, the water is no longer quickly carried away, leading to leaks and interior water damage.
Branches can damage a roof in many ways. Of course, the most obvious is falling branches. Heavy branches can break through the protective layers of the roof. But even without falling, branches can still inflict this type of damage if they are overhanging and make contact with the roof itself. The wind blowing can cause branches to act like claws, constantly raking back and forth over a roof’s shingles or protective layers, eventually wearing them away.
If you’d like to have some tree damage taken care of with your commercial roof, we can help. Contact Gulf Tex Roofing & Services, and we can assess the extent of the damage. If you want a more proactive approach, we can inspect your roof, find the potential risk areas, and do minor repairs and preventive maintenance to keep small problems from growing into more significant, more expensive repair issues.