Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)


Whatcom, Skagit County Home Inspection (King of the House): Tall Trees And Your Roof

Trees can cause a myriad of problems when they are too near, or hanging over, roofs.  Sometimes the damage is pretty apparent: Like when the big branch blows in the wind and rips or breaks shingles off. Perhaps more devastating long-term, because homeowners do not pick up on it, is the roof that is shaded by trees all the time and, as a result of that, moss and fungus take over. Typically, when that is the case, the tree also sheds needles or leaves down on the roof leaving organic debris. When that occurs, the best thing to do is to prune the tree back, so it is no longer over the roof. If you cannot bear to do that, then trim it so it is at least 10' above the roof. You should clean a roof of debris and apply commercially available moss killers as needed. If you let the moss grow, that will drastically shorten the life of any roof.

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Steven L. Smith


Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 2 commentsSteven L. Smith • September 20 2007 05:14PM


Steven - Thanks for the great tip on moss killer.  I have a question for you.  I have a tile roof.  When it rains, the run off from my roof collects on my patio.  There is something strange that looks like little shrimp in the water.  What the heck is this?  And, should I be doing something to get rid of it?
Posted by Marlene Bridges, Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate (Village Real Estate Services, Inc.) over 11 years ago


I am on vacation at the time, but let me get back to you on this. They look like shrimp, but what do they feel like.....are they soft. Also, they do not look like any buds or leaves off a nearby tree do they. It sounds like some type of organic matter.


Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 11 years ago