Tree Services

The Importance of Roof Clearance

Over time water buildup damages all materials. The clearance allows drainage and helps material assemblies dry. Capillary action also draws water up into materials.

Manufacturers establish minimum clearance requirements to avoid moisture damage. As an inspector, you should look for these clearances during your inspections. Click here at to check your roof clearance.

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Trees are beautiful additions to any yard and can add curb appeal, shade, and even resale value to your home. However, they also require regular care and maintenance to ensure they don’t interfere with your house in any way. This includes keeping trees trimmed of any branches that may come close to the roof or other structures on your property. These branches can cause a variety of issues, including moisture build-up and mold or mildew growth, which can damage the roof and other areas of your home. They can also block gutters, leading to water overflow and clogged windows or siding. Lastly, they can attract rodents and other pests that can chew through power lines and create fire hazards or cause outages.

One of the most common issues homeowners face with their tree limbs is them being too close to the roof. This is especially problematic during storms, as the wind can blow them around and potentially break or fall onto your house.

While it is impossible to fully remove all risky tree limbs, it’s important to have them trimmed regularly by an experienced arborist. Ideally, the top of any branch should be six to ten feet away from your roof. This allows the branch to sway in the wind without touching the roof and helps prevent damage if the branches are blown off during a storm.

The best time to trim trees is in the spring before new growth begins. When trimming trees, it’s important to use clean cuts that follow the branch collar and the branch’s natural curve. It’s also recommended to cut the branch just before the leaf node. This reduces the chance of regrowth and also helps to keep the shape of the branch as natural as possible.

Another way to prevent the problem of overhanging tree limbs is by having your gutters cleaned often. This will help to prevent clogged gutters and the overflow of rainwater, which can cause damage to your roof and walls. It’s also important to regularly check and clear any debris that might be trapped in your gutters, such as leaves or twigs.

Gutter Debris

Gutter debris is a combination of leaves, twigs, and other plant material that is washed or blown into the gutter system from the roof or falling off the trees. It also includes shingle granules that are naturally shed from the roof and can collect in the gutters if not monitored and removed regularly. This debris is important to remove because it can clog the gutters, preventing them from draining properly and leading to water damage to the house and surrounding structures.

Typically, a gutter that is filled with debris is a sign of a poorly functioning gutter system and a major contributor to home problems, including wood rot and toxic mold growth that can lead to respiratory illness in humans and pets. A professional gutter clearing service can help to protect the life of your roof, extend the lifespan of the gutters, and prevent the need for costly repairs to the house and its foundation.

In addition to removing the debris that accumulates throughout the year, a professional can recommend and install a variety of other products that will keep your gutters working properly. These include a foam insert that is placed in each downspout to block the gutter, allowing it to be cleaned by a leaf blower or shop vac, and reducing the amount of debris that collects inside.

These inserts are made from highly porous foam and are usually available in 4-foot-long strips. Rainwater sheets off the roof and rapidly flows down through these channels, removing debris before it can clog the gutters. They can be purchased at most hardware stores or online from companies, costing around $8.00 per linear foot.

If you decide to clean your gutters, always work in good weather and only when the roof is dry and safe to stand on. Never attempt to trim trees that are overhanging your roof or blocking the gutters, and always use caution when working on a ladder. Always wear protective gloves and eye protection to minimize the risk of injury. It is also a good idea to lay down a tarp or other drop cloth underneath your ladder to catch any debris you are removing from the roof to reduce the risk of falling.

Wall Framing

Framing walls is a key part of any home construction project, whether it’s an exterior wall or an interior partition. The structure provides support for covering materials like drywall and gives shape to the structure. It’s made of wood components called plates, studs, and headers that create a frame that holds the wall sheathing. Other components such as lintels and noggings provide added strength. The process of framing a wall is relatively simple and can be done in stages.

To construct a wall, start by laying out the plate on each side. Place the top plate against the floor and anchor it with nails driven into the floor joists or headers that span its length. Locate the bottom plate, and anchor it to the floor joists or headers as well. Next, lay out the studs that will go between each wall plate. To simplify the task, use a tape measure that has stud centers marked on it, or simply mark the first stud at 15 1/4 inches from either end of the plate. Use this measurement as the stud center for each subsequent stud.

Some builders use special precut lumber to save time by eliminating the cutting of individual pieces of lumber to make frames for walls, roofs, and floors. These standardized framing lumber studs, called 2x4s or 2x6s, are available in precut sizes such as 92-5/8, 104-5/8, and 116-5/8 inch lengths that allow the builder to quickly assemble a wall frame. Others choose to cut their studs and space them at the proper length using standard framing saws.

When a wall is constructed, the studs are nailed together to form a strong, sturdy framework that can hold drywall. A short stud called a jack stud is used in the corners of load-bearing walls to add strength, while longer jamb studs are required for doors and windows. Wall sheathing, usually a plywood or OSB sheet, is then applied to the wall frame and nailed in place.

To help ensure the frame is square, once a wall section is laid out and nailed in place on the floor it can be checked with a large 90-degree triangle. This is also a good time to check the wall sections diagonally from corner to corner, shifting them as necessary to achieve an equal measurement and a squared wall section.


Siding is the protective material that covers the outside of a wall. It comes in many different colors, textures, and materials. Some of these include wood, vinyl, fiber cement, and metal. The type of siding that is best for your home will depend on your budget, do-it-yourself aspirations, and maintenance ability.

Wood siding is a natural material that looks beautiful and is durable. It can be painted to match the color of your home or to create a different look. The drawbacks to wood siding are that it is a combustible material and needs regular refinishing. Wood is also susceptible to moisture, which can cause mold and mildew to form.

Vinyl is a popular choice for homeowners because it is relatively inexpensive and easy to install. Vinyl is also resistant to fading, moisture, and termite damage. It’s available in a variety of colors and styles, making it a good choice for any home.

A vinyl siding project also requires other materials like house wrap, flashing, and trim. Flashing helps protect the sheathing of your home from moisture and prevents water from leaking under the vinyl. Flashing also helps direct water away from the wall and into gutters.

If your siding project includes gable walls (triangle-shaped areas on the front or sides of your roof) it’s important to calculate the area for each one. Use the formula: area for a triangle = base x height and divide by 2. This will help ensure you have enough siding to cover these areas without running out of material.

Homeowners should also calculate the amount of trim needed for their project. This can be trimmed for windows and doors, finishing the edges of a wall, or helping protect areas like the underside of your eaves. When measuring for trim, make sure to account for areas that won’t be covered with siding, such as a chimney or brickwork.