Yesterday we talked about pruning the buses away from your house. Today we’ll look higher, scanning all of the roofing. You may already have done this if you decided to clean out the gutters yourself (Fall Tip #1).
Trees brushing against your roof can do the same kind of damage to your roofing shingles that bushes can do to the sides of your house. When it’s windy the leaves and branches will scrape on your roof, helping wear away the shingles. If you do have tree branches close to any part of your roofs, you may want to hire someone to do the pruning rather than to do it yourself. Some of the branches may be attached to the tree much higher up the trunk, and others may be too big for you to saw off yourself.
If you do decide to do some of the pruning yourself, please be VERY careful. Make sure you have someone with you to hold the ladder. Don’t even try to use a hand saw or a power saw if you’re not completely sure of yourself so far up off the ground. A cut tree branch can be very heavy, and can decide to fall in a direction you don’t expect. This may be one of those times when it’s better to pay someone else to do the work.
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