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


Trees and Roofs

 It seems that most homeowners do the realize that organic debris on the roof is a defect. In the past, I have written on moss before. However, while easier to deal with than moss, huge quantities of leaves on a roof are a problem too. I have inspected homes where even the ridge vent was packed solid with leaves and needles from trees. A simple understanding of roofs, makes it clear why this is bad. Sloped roofs are designed to shed water. They are not watertight. Even flat roofs, more watertight, should have drainage so the water does not stand in place for long periods of time. When you end up with roofs like those pictured below, the drainage is impeded and, virtually always, the gutters and downspouts are blocked as well. Another issue is that the debris keeps the roof from drying and that is hard on the roofing material, be it wood, asphalt, etc.

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Steven L. Smith

Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 1 commentSteven L. Smith • January 08 2008 12:36PM


We see that a lot in SoCal where it hardly ever rains but leaves etc go un-removed and when it does bingo there is a problem.
Posted by Graham Holmes - Yucaipa Homes Listing Agent, When Experience Matters (Reviron Realty - RDCPro e-Pro Listing Broker) over 12 years ago