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The Beauty of Trees: How They Can Affect Your Tile Roof and What You Can Do About It

Trees are a beautiful addition to any property, providing shade, privacy, and a sense of connection to nature. However, as much as we love trees, they can also cause problems when it comes to your roof. In particular, trees can block the pan flashings and valleys on a tile roof, leading to leaks and other issues.


The problem arises when leaves, branches, and other debris get trapped in the pan flashings and valleys of a tile roof. These areas are designed to channel water away from the roof, but when they get blocked, the can act as a dam and water can back up and seep into the home. This can lead to leaks, mold, and other problems that can be costly and time-consuming to fix.



So what can you do to prevent this from happening? One solution is to have your tile roof inspected and maintained regularly. This will help to keep the pan flashings and valleys clear of debris, which will help to keep water flowing off the roof as it should.



However if there are a lot of trees near your tile roof and the flashings get blocked very often, another solution is to cut every tile above the pan flashing one by one and install lead patches to open up the capacity of the pan flashing. This process allows the pan flashing to function properly and to avoid the blockage of the pan flashing.



In addition to regular maintenance, it's also important to be mindful of the trees around your property. While you don't have to cut down all your trees, it can be helpful to trim back branches that are hanging over your roof, or to remove trees that are particularly close to your home. This will help to reduce the amount of debris that falls on your roof and will make it easier to keep the pan flashings and valleys clear.


In conclusion, while trees can be an asset to your property, they can also cause problems for your tile roof. By being mindful of the trees around your home and by scheduling regular maintenance and inspections, you can keep your tile roof in good condition and avoid costly leaks and other issues


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