Animals can cause substantial damage to your roof. Whether it’s birds, raccoons, squirrels, bats, mice rats or other little critters, they can wreak havoc on your roof, attic, gutters and siding of your home. Even if you’re an avid animal lover, it’s best to avoid having to hire a roofing contractor to fix the damage that can be caused by wild birds and animals.

Roof Repair Issues

Rodents are famous for chewing on wiring, for example. This can not only be costly, but can also pose a fire hazard. Birds and squirrels can tear down shingles and peel back the siding on your house. Birds, in particular, like to nest in dormers and gutters.

Roof Repair Prevention

To protect your home from animal damage, it’s important to block areas where they normally enter. Gutter lines and the interface between fascia boards and roof sheathing are examples of areas where it is common for animals to gain entry. Often small critters and birds will enter your home by using tree branches, downspouts and trellises. Roof vents are another popular point of entry.

Roof Repair Inspection

Have a roofing company inspect your roof and attic on a regular basis for signs of animal damage. And remember to clean your gutters at least two or three times a year to prevent birds from nesting there. Taking a few precautions will not only protect your home, but it will also help to protect small animals and birds from harm as well.

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