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Question DetailsAsked on 10/10/2016

How much it cost to remove a large tree off my roof that fell during the hurricane. I need help I dn't have any mon

I really need help, if someone could please come and remove it free if you can please I'm on a fixed monthly income and they can do a monthly payment plan with me

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Tree Service is the Search the List category to find providers for this. Cost depends on the size of tree (and individual branches, which controls how large a piece can be cut off at once without it further damaging your roof, whether they are going to need a crane to hold the remainder of the tree when they have removed everything down to the eaves (so the rest of the trunk does not slide down the side of the house and punch through it), power line clearances, whether part of it has punched through into your attic, etc. Commonly, for a large tree on the roof (bigger than a couple of guys can shift around), they will use a crane to remove large pieces till they get to the eave area, then use the crane to hold the tip up (or swing it away) while the cut up the remainder of the trunk, to avoid further house damage. This commonly involves a minimum of $500 or so just to mobilize the crew and crane, so cost is almost certain to start at $800-1000 or so and go up from there depending on tree size and roof penetration.

Can typically run several hundred $ minimum for relatively small tree, probably more in the $500+ range for a large tree, but I have seen LARGE oaks and sycamores and 150+ foot conifers cost closer to $2000 - not including any roof repair.

As for the free - after the hurricane I doubt there are many people immediately wanting (or having the time) to cut trees for the wood because of the amount free for the taking. There are previous responses to questions about free tree cutting in the Lawn & Garden - Tree Service link in Browse Projects, at lower left. But especially with one on the roof, having a firewood guy or small sawmill operator remove it runs the risk of unnecessary roof damage, as well as a lot of potential liability if they fall off.

One other possibility - sometimes in disaster areas the fire department or tree services working for the local government (with disaster response funds) will cut up and remove trees on roofs - just cut up enough to get them off the roof, not total cutting up or disposal, but gets the roof to the point it is accessible and can be reparied as necessary. Disposal of the cut up tree can wait at that point.

Considering probable tree remobval cost and likely roof damage (including possible sheathing or framing damage if a large tree), your homeowner's insurance company might be the place to start - or if in designated hurricane insurance area like Florida, your hurricane insurance company. Might limit your total cost to your policy deductible.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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