When it comes to roof maintenance, you probably spend at least some time double-checking things like your flashing or shingles. But there's something else up there you might want to watch out for, only it's not technically part of the roof itself. If you have one or more trees planted close to the house, you may end up with a variety of branches hanging over parts of the roof. This can cause a problem if you are not careful, so here's what you should keep in mind.

Damp Leaves Bring Moisture and That's Not Good

If a stray leaf or two falls off of a branch and lands on the roof, it's not the end of the world. But if you allow a cluster of leaves to form and then the leaves get wet during a rainstorm, you are essentially putting a wet blanket down on your shingles. If you don't wipe away the leaves quickly enough and allow the moisture to stick around, this could cause condensation and rot within the shingles, eventually allowing the water into your home through a leak. Periodically walk your roof and wipe away and patches of leaves you find.

Branches Blowing in the Breeze Can Wreck Havoc

If your branches hover over your roof, a strong wind could cause the branches to sway. In addition to knocking even more leaves onto your roof, this could cause the branch itself to make contact with your gutter system or shingles. Over time, these areas can accumulate wear and tear.

Ideally, you'll want to trim your branches so that they don't hang over the roof at all. But if that's not feasible, you should closely inspect the affected areas and note any signs of worsening damage. A residential roofing contractor can help you keep these areas maintained before it turns into a bigger problem. 

Falling Twigs (or Whole Branches) Can Lead to Clogs and Other Problems

If your tree branches do indeed shed leaves or even small parts of the branch during a wind-heavy storm, you'll also want to pay extra attention to your gutter system. Leaving leaves, twigs and other debris in this area can lead to a clog that will soon cause a problem for either your roof or your foundation below. Make gutter inspection a regular part of your roof maintenance routine.

Keep your trees trimmed to avoid having branches or leaves come into contact with your roof. If you notice a problem, contact a residential roofer to assist you with the problem.