You may love your heavily wooded neighborhood, especially in the fall when the leaves turn color. Plus, the abundance of shade keeps your yard cooler and shields your home from solar warming. While living on a wooded lot has some advantages, it also has some downfalls in the form of moss, mold, and algae that can grow on your siding, driveway, or roof. That gives you special considerations when it's time to get a new roof. Here's why metal roofing might be the perfect match for your home when you have a lot of trees growing nearby.
Leaves Slide Off Metal More Easily
An asphalt shingle roof is one of the most popular types of residential roofing since it is the most affordable. However, it's not a perfect match for a home that's surrounded by shade trees. Asphalt shingles have a rough texture that keeps leaves and twigs from sliding off the roof. Tree debris builds up fairly easily on asphalt shingles. Metal roofing has a slick surface, so everything slides off it more easily when it rains or the wind blows.
Moss Is Slower To Grow On Metal
Moss is dangerous to roofing because it holds a lot of moisture and it keeps the roofing damp. Plus, the moss and moisture add weight to the roof. This is dangerous to asphalt roofing since it can lead to deck and shingle rot. Moss gets a foothold much easier on asphalt than it does on metal. Moss can be an ongoing problem when an asphalt roof is in the shade all the time due to the constant dampness.
Moss can grow on a metal roof too, but it's slower to take hold and take over. It's also easier and less damaging to clean a metal roof to get rid of the moss.
Swaying Branches Aren't As Damaging To Metal
It's important to keep trees trimmed so the branches don't scrape the roof when the wind blows. Frequent scraping causes damage. For instance, the branches might scratch metal that might eventually lead to rust if the scratches aren't covered so the metal isn't exposed.
Damage to a shingle roof can be more severe and can develop more quickly. For instance, the blowing branches can move shingles out of place and scrape the granules off the shingles. When this happens, the risk of a roof leak is high when repairs aren't done promptly.
Metal Is Tougher Than Asphalt Shingles
When you have trees near your roof, debris will drop on the roof regularly. Small branches, pine cones, seeds, and needles drop on the roof throughout the year. If the trees are close enough to the roof, small animals may leap on the roof from the trees. During a storm, bigger branches can drop, or hail may pound the roof. Metal is a durable material that stands up to many of these threats.
Metal might dent under a heavy impact, but the roof often stays intact so leaking doesn't occur. Metal is stronger against impacts and animal damage than asphalt shingles, so it's a good choice for any home, but even more so for a home on a heavily wooded lot.
For more information on residential roofing, reach out to your local roofer.