What Are The Best Roofing Options For A Heavily-Wooded Lot?

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If you find yourself sweeping leaves, twigs, and other debris off your deck on a nearly daily basis, you may periodically wonder how your roof is standing up to the onslaught of debris generated by the trees in your yard. While some roofing materials are great at directing this flow of debris to your gutters, where it can be washed away, others--particularly aluminum or steel panels--can be vulnerable to denting and other tree-related damage. Read on to learn more about the roofing materials that can best stand up to the shade and debris generated by a thick grove of trees.

Cedar shake shingles

These shingles are made from cedar shakes, an inexpensive alternative to solid cedar slabs that layers sections of cedar atop each other. The final product has a multidimensional appearance that gives your roof some added character--but best of all, because cedar has natural water-resistant and antimicrobial properties, it's perfect to stand up to the sometimes damp conditions that can come with shade trees.

Over time and as your cedar shake roof is exposed to the elements, it may go from a reddish hue to a slate gray or even silvery color. This change in color doesn't indicate any damage to your roof but is just a sign of the natural weathering that can take place.

If you have a cedar shake roof, it's a good idea to periodically use a pressure washer or strong hose to access the peak of the roof and force any debris into your gutters (or atop your gutter guards). Giving your roof a quick hose every spring and fall should be all the maintenance you need to do to keep it in good shape year-round.

Asphalt shingles

Like cedar shake shingles, asphalt shingles have a three-dimensional texture that resists denting or moisture damage while allowing debris to naturally roll down into the gutter. Asphalt shingles are made by layering water-resistant sheets of wood fiber coated with asphalt pellets atop each other. The final product is a waterproof, attractive shingle that can handle everything from heavy rains to high winds without so much as a flutter. 

Asphalt shingles are available in a variety of colors and sizes, ensuring you'll easily be able to select a shingle that perfectly coordinates with your home. While you'll still want to periodically hose your roof down (as with cedar shake roofs) to ensure no debris accumulates, you'll find that this roof is a remarkably low-maintenance one.

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17 July 2017

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