Fall 2023 Newsletter

Slate roof with fall leaves above it.

Trees and Slate Roofs Don’t Mix

Here in New England, we love our natural landscape, trees, and foliage.  That is a huge reason why many of us live here.  However, it is not without its challenges.

High winds, torrential rains, and heavy snow can cause tree limbs to fall and debris to end up places where we don’t want it – like on our roof. Debris can damage slate roofs by dislodging slates, breaking them, or causing damage and leaks in other ways.  While Blackrock Slate Company is here to help you when that happens, it is always best to prevent such things from happening if possible. 

How Do I Prevent Damage to My Roof From Trees?

An arborist inspecting trees above a slate roof.

Consult an arborist.  Ask a tree trimming company to walk around your property with you and identify any rotting trees or potentially dangerous limbs that may fall easily and cause damage to your home.

If you have a lot of trees around your house, you may want to have this done periodically.  Or perhaps you and the arborist might find it is best to clear the area around your home of any trees.

While it is best to have any tree felling or trimming done before winter in order to avoid common winter damage to your roof, some companies may give a discount for work scheduled for the winter during their off-season.

What Else Can I Do?

A drone being used by Blackrock Slate to inspect a slate roof.

Having your roof periodically inspected by a professional roofing company like Blackrock Slate will also assist in identifying potential future problems. This is helpful so that repeated repairs are not necessary if the cause can be eliminated or mitigated. 

Preferred customers can contact us with their upcoming roofing needs. Email us at info@blackrockslate.com. To become a preferred customer of our Slate Roof Inspection Program click here.

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