Trees In Iowa: The Worst Ones For Your Gutters

The Effect Of Different Trees On The Home

Trees provide a nice shade and aesthetic to the home but they also can be a pain when it comes to exterior home maintenance. Gutters are one of the areas where the effects of falling leaves can cause annoyance and stress. With the different types in Iowa, there is a wide variety of debris that can get caught up in your gutters. Keep reading to see how they can have an effect on clogging your gutters.

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  • Pine (Particularly White Pine): Pine trees shed just as much as other trees, if not even more. The needles quickly pile up in your gutters and roof where they encourage insects to nest and trap moisture to create damage. They can attract dust, pollen, and other types of debris causing more serious damage.

  • Oak: Oak trees create a gorgeous curb appeal that keeps homeowners attracted to them. However, they tend to be large trees with massive crowns that often end up hanging over rooftops. In the Fall season, branches will shed their leaves creating thick mats of leaves that attract pests and soak up rain, encouraging mold, moisture damage, and clogs in your gutters.

  • Cottonwood: This type of tree is also great for an enhanced curb appeal but its a liability. The tree tends to rain down twigs, leaves, and seeds around the year, constantly layering your gutters and roof with debris that encourages mold growth. This type of tree is also a place where insects love to hide.

  • Maple and Aspen: These trees grow very quickly and soon spread against your siding and roof. They will shed leaves and other debris that will fall into your open-style gutters.

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