Is the neighborhood wildlife driving you crazy? It makes sense if they are getting into your roof or causing other damage. Racoons and squirrels can take advantage of small holes, or even make their own, in an effort to nest inside your attic. Even birds may widen cracks and holes, particularly in your roof soffits, to gain entry to a protected nesting site. The following tips can help you avoid these issues.
Tip #1: Fix Shingle Damage Promptly
A single torn, cracked, or lifted shingle may not seem like a big deals. Unfortunately, though, it could provide just the path an animal needs to get into your attic. Raccoons, in particular, will take advantage of the exposed underlayment to pry up the sheathing in an attempt to get into the attic. Regularly walk around your home, particularly after storms, and check for torn shingles or pulled up flashing. If you spot an issue, have it repaired immediately before the wildlife discovers it.
Tip #2: Perform Regular Soffit Inspections
Soffits can be made from metal, wood, or even vinyl. They consist of the under part of the eaves, with the fascia boards consisting of the outer section. Soffits generally have vents to allow air circulation under the roof. If the vents have missing mesh covers, birds and small animals, like squirrels, can use them to get into your roof and to make their way into the attic. Some birds, like woodpeckers, may even make holes in the soffits or roofing fascia, thus gaining access or creating access for other animals. Inspect the eaves of your roof regularly, and patch up holes immediately.
Tip #3: Check Your Vent Caps
The vent caps sit on top every roof top protuberance, from the chimney to the plumbing vents. You don't want animals gaining access into your home via these vents, but you also need them to ensure your home runs safely and efficiently. Have the covers checked annually to make sure they are properly in place and secured.
Tip #4: Upgrade the Materials
Sometimes changing up the materials is necessary if the wildlife won't be deterred. For example, switching to a metal or tile roof will make it difficult for a wily raccoon to gain entrance. If birds pecking holes in the eaves are a problem, then switch to metal soffits and fascia boards.
For more help in keeping your roof in good repair, contact a roofing company in your area.