We understand that tree trimming may fall toward the bottom of your to-do list, particularly when the weather isn’t too agreeable. We all love our trees, but trimming is one of those tasks that doesn’t seem terribly pressing.
However, in some cases, prompt trimming is a necessity. If you have any branches hanging over your roof, it’s important to address the problem immediately, as they may pose a hazard.
Risks of Overhanging Branches
Branches that hang over your home pose several threats, all of which can lead to costly damage.
- On windy days, overhanging limbs can scrape against the rooftop, damaging the shingles. When the asphalt is stripped away, the roof can easily develop leaks.
- Leaves from overhanging branches fall into the gutters. When gutters are clogged, the roofing materials deteriorate, leading to mold growth, ice dams and roof leaks.
- Stormy weather can cause a branch to fall on your roof. Depending on the size of the limb and how it hits the rooftop, you could end up with anything from minor damage to a major problem.
Safe Tree Trimming for Overhanging Branches
Tree trimming can be dangerous work, especially with branches hanging over a roof. You could fall off the ladder or roof trying to get the job done yourself. And if you make the wrong cut, the tree limb could fall right onto your house (or you). You could, in effect, create the very problem you’re trying to solve.
Since rooftop tree trimming is so risky, you would be wise to let a tree services professional complete the task. Certified arborists have the training, skills and proper tools to safely trim your overhanging branches.
What if the Tree that Needs Trimming Isn’t Yours?
One of your neighbor’s trees could grow to hang over your property. If that happens, you shouldn’t just go ahead and trim the offending branch.
Instead, talk with your neighbor first. While you may have the right to trim branches that extend onto your property, it’s a good idea to discuss the matter before cutting someone else’s tree. You could be responsible for any harm that comes to the tree, which is another reason to hire a tree services professional for the trimming.
If you see that a branch has grown to hang over the rooftop of your northern Utah home, contact Reliable Tree Care to schedule tree trimming service. With over 20 years of experience serving customers throughout the Salt Lake City area, the Reliable Tree Care team has the skills and knowledge to safely trim trees without compromising their future growth and health. For professional tree trimming at an affordable price, contact our Murray office today to schedule a consultation.