As spring slowly approaches, we will all start finding various damages that occurred to our homes. One such area is the roof, but the damage could be from an unlikely suspect – animals. Yes, even squirrels, if visiting your roof often enough, can cause serious damage to your roof. If you suspect an animal, such as a squirrel or even a raccoon has caused damage to your home, it is important to take action right away.
Signs of Animal Damage
It might be difficult to determine if you have animals doing damage to your roof, just by looking at it from afar, but there are signs from inside your home that you can use. The most common method is hearing scampering in the attic at night when you are trying to go to sleep. If you hear these noises often, chances are you have a new, unwanted house guest. If the sounds are not constant, but intermittent, you might have animals using your house as a freeway to other houses or trees; either way it is necessary to stop the action before damage occurs.
Upon closer inspection of your roof, you might notice shingles that are worn down or birds’ nests that are taking over certain areas of your roof. Either way, whether it is a rodent or a bird, serious damage can occur. If rodents chew on your shingles long enough, they can wear them down, which then makes your house susceptible to damage from wind and rain, even allowing leaks inside your house. If birds take up residence, their droppings can physically eat away at your roof over time, leaving you with severe roof damage.
Aside from your shingles, animals can do damage to the ventilation pipes and roof caps. If animals chew long and hard enough, they can make their way to the ventilation pipes, causing holes and subsequent leaks in your roofing system. In severe cases, animals can use the pipes as an entryway to your home. The same is true for your roof cap. If animals chew on it enough, they can wedge their way into it, which ultimately leads to your attic.
If you hear consistent scampering or see sufficient evidence that an animal has been at work on your roof, it is important to take care of the problem right away before you have more serious damage and possible dead rodents to deal with in your attic.