How to Repair and Prevent Roof Damage from Animals

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How to Repair and Prevent Roof Damage from Animals

How do you repair and prevent roof damage from animals? There are many ways for a roof to sustain damage. While Mother Nature can take a toll on your roof through the weather, animals can be just as destructive. Invading critters can destroy the integrity of your roof, causing pervasive problems. So, what type of animals can damage your roof? In addition, what can you do to prevent it?

Types of Critters that Damage Roofs

First of all, what type of critters are capable of damaging your roof? Many animals will invade a roof to shelter themselves from the elements. The inside of a roof provides an ideal shelter for these critters because it is a warm and dark place. In addition to trying to get into your roof, these creatures will build nests in other structures like gutters, chimneys, and attics. There is a large list of animals that covet roofs for nesting locations. Some of these animals include:

  • Rodents
    • Mice
    • Rats
  • Squirrels
  • Raccoons
  • Birds
    • Woodpeckers
  • Bats
  • Insects
    • Termites

All of these critters can do serious damage to your roof over time. That’s why it’s important to identify signs of animal damage.

Signs of Animal Damage

It is important to know the signs of roof damage from animals. Animals will ruin a roof’s coverings to try to get access to the interior of the roof. One of the common ways that critters get access is through soffits or soffit vents. They will tear at the material surrounding the soffits until they can squeeze through. In addition, animals will remove shingles or break weakened wood to enter the roof, gutter, or chimney.

If you have an attic, you can identify an infestation by looking for scratches and holes on the floor and other parts of the roof. In addition, creatures will gnaw on electrical wiring and venting systems. This can cause additional damage to your home. Furthermore, once an animal has made its way into your roof, it will allow other animals to enter. So, what can you do to prevent an animal infestation?

Roof Damage Prevention

There are a few ways that you can prevent animals from damaging your roof. First of all, you should trim all your tree branches. Overhanging branches can give animals easier access to your roof’s surface. You should also consistently clean the gutters to deter birds and other animals from creating nests in the debris and preventing proper water drainage. If your roof gets minor damage, it is important to get it repaired immediately. Minor damage can make it easier for animals to infest your roof.

You should do regular checks on your attic space to identify potential infestations (droppings, nesting materials, and oily residue). Another way to prevent animals from getting near your roof is to make sure your trash containers are away from your home. Isolating and containing trash prevents animals from being attracted to your home and using it as a nesting sight.

Roof Repair with Eastbrook Construction

Even with preventative measures, animals can still cause damage to your roof. One of the first calls that you need to make is to a pest control firm, to get the animals out of your roof and attic. However, you also need to make a call to a roof repair specialist.

When it comes to doing damage restoration, Eastbrook Construction has you covered. Eastbrook has decades of experience in the roofing industry. Our company is fully licensed and insured, guaranteeing that every job is under protection. Furthermore, our professional roofers strive to give customers complete satisfaction with their roofing projects. In addition to roof repairs, Eastbrook installs brand new roofs regularly. Regardless of its residential or commercial, Eastbrook Construction can handle any job! If you are looking for affordable roof repair and installation, contact us today and get a free estimate!

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