While it’s fun to laugh about it later, animal damage can leave an expensive mark on your home and your budget. Animal damage to roof systems alone can result in hundreds of dollars in repair costs. That’s why it pays to recognize the signs of infestation and to take careful steps to avoid future pests. We’ll start by examining the property trauma that these critters can inflict, then talk about how to avoid these hazards in years to come.
Understanding the Potential Cost of Critter Problems
To avoid potential problems with pests, you need to understand their behavioral patterns. Two of the usual suspects when it comes to infestation are the squirrel and the raccoon. If you think either of these critters are too small or too dumb to create a little chaos in your home, you might be the one making the call for emergency roof repair.
Can Squirrels Do Damage to Your House?
How could a creature so small cause so many problems for homeowners each year? Their pointed teeth and sharp claws do the job. Keep in mind, these teeth are made to shred through nuts and other hard objects throughout their lifespan. Chewing through shingles is an easy task for a determined squirrel. Afterwards, these creatures may go on to penetrate decking, ruin insulation, and leave little “gifts” throughout the attic. You don’t want the smell that comes with squirrels nesting in your home.
Squirrel Hole Repair
Homeowners know how critical roof flashing repair is for keeping leaks out of the house. Well, squirrel hole repair is just as serious. Leaving even minor holes in your roofing system invites other critters to immigrate into the attic. Of course, it also enables costly roof leaks, interior water damage, and (everyone’s favorite) mold growth. Anybody can plug the hole with a replacement shingle, but you’ll want a professional to assess and repair the trauma to the underlying decking.
Before you get started on repairs, talk with a professional about squirrel removal. Believe it or not, there’s an entire industry designated to transplanting these creatures out of your home and back into the wild. This helps you avoid some ugly exterminator side-effects, and you’ll pick up some extra tips on keeping these critters away from your house. Just don’t wait too long to get started, or you could be making a call to attic restoration services.
Can Raccoons Damage Your Home?
Yes. They can! Most of the rooftop trauma inflicted by raccoons occurs around the soffit, fascia board, and surrounding shingles. The vents around your soffit (located beneath the extended side of the roof) are a prime entryway for raccoons. The end goal for a raccoon is a safe place to hide and give birth.
That means you’re likely to find droppings, ruined insulation, and even chewed wiring within the attic. If you suspect your home has been invaded by these cute but expensive guests, start by checking the exterior. Look for uplifted shingles, loosed fascia boarding, or damaged soffit. Afterwards, you can contact your animal removal service and roof repair crew.
Preventing Animal Infestation
Now you know how to spot the signs, and when to call for help. How do you prevent animal damage from affecting your home and causing expensive roof repair? There are several steps you can take to discourage animals from entering your home, such as…
- Keeping a Dog
- Maintaining the Roof
- Installing Metal Flashing
- Trimming Back Nearby Trees and Bushes
- Securing Your Garbage
- Putting Away Bird Feeders
Easy access encourages animals to explore your home. If raccoons or squirrels hear or smell a dog, they’ll be less likely to brave your house. Should a dog be out of the question, you might be able to scare pests away by scattering dog hair around the edges of the house.
You can make the roof less accessible too, by pruning back nearby tree branches to at least 10 feet away. Both raccoons and squirrels are avid climbers, making trees the perfect point of access to the roof. Since these pests prefer to enter through gaps or soft sections in your roof, consider installing metal flashing in the edges of your roofing.
Most importantly, make sure your family isn’t accidentally encouraging rodents by leaving out food. Classic garbage cans have been a stable source of sustenance for many a raccoon. Others take seed from bird feeders, a tasty treat for animals their size. If you can eliminate or at least secure these sources of food, you’ll find these pests lest willing to brave your home.
Schedule Your Animal Damage Roof Repair!
Need help repairing your animal damaged roof? Talk with one of our experts at 682-478-2380 about scheduling an inspection! Our team at McRoof works with all sorts of roofing materials, from basic shingles to stone coated steel roofing. We’d be happy to chat with you about your roof repair in Frisco, TX!