After a windy day, it's relatively common to see leaves and small twigs scattered around the roof of your home. Generally, this won't be a cause for concern — and before long, subsequent gusts of wind will clear the roof off once again. Sometimes, however, you'll notice that a larger branch has broken off one of the trees on your property and landed on your roof. This isn't something that you'll want to ignore. It's important to remove the branch promptly. Here are some reasons that you should get the branch off your roof as soon as it's safe to do so.
You Can Assess The Damage
It's possible that the branch has caused some damage to your roof, but you won't be able to assess the condition of the roof until the branch is gone. This can especially be true if the branch is large or is covered in leaves, as it may hide any roof damage beneath it. The last thing that you want is for your roof to be harmed in some manner, but not be aware of it because of the branch's obstruction. If you notice any issues with the roof, you should speak to a residential roofing contractor like those at Queston Construction Inc.
You Don't Want It To Fall Off Unexpectedly
The condition of your roof is an important consideration after a branch lands on it, but you also need to think about removing the branch so that is doesn't pose a danger. Heavy winds could cause the branch to slide off the roof and fall to the ground below, where it could fall on you or a family member — or even a family pet — causing serious injury. It could also serious damage to property. For example, it might roll off the roof and land on the hood of your car. By removing the branch, you'll ensure that such problems don't happen.
You Want To Encourage Proper Water Flow
If the branch is particularly thick with foliage, it may prevent rainwater from draining properly during future periods of inclement weather. When it's raining, you want the water to run down the surfaces of your roof into the gutters. A branch may prevent this flow, which could force the water under the lower edges of your shingles and cause damage to them. This, in turn, will result in problems with your roof that could prompt you to need a roofer to replace a section of it.