When most homeowners think about termites, they think of the mud tunnels leading up to their home and the pests feasting on their siding. While this is a very real possibility, an occurrence that many people don’t think about is the presence of termites in their roof. Understanding what to look for on your roof will help you keep your home from being eaten by these unsightly pests.
How Termites Travel
Termites will start on the ground. If you miss their telltale signs of mud tunnels leading the way through your landscaping and up to your home, they make their way through the walls of your home into your attic. Once they reach the attic, they are quite content because it is dark, damp place – exactly what they need to survive.
Inspecting your Attic
Because roof inspections should only be done by professionals, you should make it a habit to check your attic periodically to look for signs of termite damage. If you suspect their presence, it is time to call the professionals out to make sure that you are actually dealing with termites. The professionals know exactly where to walk and what to inspect on the exterior of your roof.
When you inspect your attic, look for spots that resemble water spots. Once you see the spots, you need to determine if it is actually water leaking or termite damage. Simply pressing on the wood with a tool, such as a screwdriver, will help you determine what you are dealing with. If it is water damage, the wood will still be there and mostly intact, but possibly soggy. If it is termites, the wood will be very weak or non-existent, depending on how long they have been feasting.
Inspect the Exterior of your Roof
If the termite damage is bad enough, you will notice that your roof is starting to sag. You don’t need to be on a ladder or up close to see the damage; you can see it from street level. If this is the case, you need to contact a roofing professional right away. The termites could eat the deck of the roof, the joists that hold it up and then make their way to the interior of your home, literally eating your home from the outside to the inside.
Dealing with termites is not something to take lightly. At least once per year you should check your attic to ensure that everything is intact. If you suspect any damage, whether water or termites, you should call a professional right away to help you protect your home and avoid the damage from becoming rapidly worse.