Some people consider animals like squirrels, mice, and raccoons to be cute critters. Even if you do like these furry friends, they aren’t good for your roof. Besides causing damage to it, these animals can become uninvited guests and set up house in your attic. The roofing pros at Garden State Brickface and Siding share some tips for roof protection from animals.
Animals That Love Roofs
In addition to squirrels, mice, and raccoons, other wild animals can be found living on — and damaging — your roof. These may include:
- Many types of insects
Why You Need Roof Protection from Animals
Your roof covers and shields your home, so it’s important to make sure it’s properly protected from creatures and inclement weather. Rodents and marsupials will use their teeth and paws to tear openings in your roof and eaves, which can allow them to get inside. Even if they stay outdoors, holes and tears can make your roof susceptible to leaking, mold, and rot, which can significantly shorten the lifespan of your roof and cause serious damage to your home.
Birds, bats, mice, and rats may nest in areas, such as roof vents, and block the flow of air in and out of your attic. A lack of proper ventilation can lead to your roof being damaged during periods of extreme heat or cold. Regardless of the material your roof is made of, making sure it’s kept free of pests is a must.
If animals get inside, they can ruin your insulation, wood, and other structures. They may also chew on wires, which can lead to dangerous electrical fires. Feces, urine, ticks, and fleas are health hazards that can make your family sick. If you suspect pests encroaching on your roof or living in your attic, call an exterminator or pest removal company immediately.
How to Prevent Damage from Animals
Trim Tree Branches
Unless they can fly, many animals will access your roof by climbing up trees. Trimming them back isn’t going to stop squirrels from climbing up your gutters, but it may protect your roof from animals like mice and rats. Trimming tree branches is a good idea anyway since they can cause damage during storms and other inclement weather. It’s also a good idea to remove ivy or any climbing or tall vegetation close to your home.
Do Regular Maintenance
Checking out your roof at least twice a year can help you detect animals and prevent them from getting into your home. Look for any gaps or holes in the roof and around vents, gutters, and chimneys. Keep a close eye on eaves and seams where the roof meets as well. If you find any gaps, have them repaired right away. And of course, if any pests have set up shop, get rid of any nests.
Replace Damaged Shingles
When shingles are damaged, loose, or missing, it makes it easy for animals to enter your home. Check your roof after any high winds or severe storms. If you notice any damaged or missing shingles, fix or replace them right away. If they’re older and have seen a lot of wear and tear, it may be time to consider a total roof replacement.
Keep Gutters Clean
Some birds love to nest in gutters. Leaves and debris can attract the birds since they use that material to make nests. Clearing out your gutters often helps to keep pests away allows you to check to see if any nests have been built. Replacing gutters that aren’t functioning at their best is another solution to consider.
Keep Trash Contained
Trash and food attract wild animals of all kinds. To prevent your garbage from attracting animals like mice, rats, and raccoons, keep it in a sealed container, preferably away from your home. Keeping animals away from the house will help to keep them from being tempted to climb up to the roof.
Check Your Insulation and Attic
In most cases, animals will have to go through a layer of insulation to get inside your home. If insulation is thin, it’s easier for them to get in. Thick insulation that provides adequate coverage can help keep them out. If you’re thinking about getting new house siding, consider installing an exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS) for an extra layer of protection. Monitoring your attic can help prevent infestations because once animals get inside and reproduce, you could have real problems.
Contact Us to Learn More
Being proactive about protecting your roof from animals can safeguard your home. If your roof has been damaged by critters, the team at Garden State Brickface and Siding can help. Our family-owned company has 65 years of experience in residential and commercial roofing and siding projects. We use the highest quality craftsmanship and materials and provide top-notch service to customers throughout Central and Northern New Jersey. Contact us online or call 908-241-5900 to schedule a free estimate. We offer flexible home improvement financing options to fit your needs and budget.