Your roofing is meant to provide a solid protective barrier against the outside world. However, environmental hazards can lead to leaks and other issues that compromise your roof. For example, it’s important to watch for pests. Whether they’re seeking shelter or food, there are many varieties of animals that can cause damage to your roof. Here are some of the most common pests.
A Guide to Animals That Damage Roofing
Squirrels can chew through shingles in an attempt to reach the shelter of your attic. They also frequently build nests in gutters, which can cause problematic clogs. Trimming nearby trees and routinely cleaning your gutters will help keep them away.
Due to their small size, mice can even fit through fans or vents. They may also tear at the area surrounding the soffit to create an entrance hole. Mice often chew on wiring and wood once inside, which can cause further damage to your home.
Birds will frequently nest in the gutters, which can cause them to back up and overflow, increasing the risk of ice dams or water damage along the walls and foundation. Clear out gutter debris as soon as possible to deter nesting.
Despite their size, raccoons can also get inside your roof by tearing through shingles or soffit. This greatly increases your risk of a roofing leak. As with squirrels, trimming back overhanging branches will reduce the likelihood of encountering these pests.
After other pests open a hole into your roof, bats may use the attic as a shelter during the day. If left unchecked, their droppings, known as guano, can pose a serious health hazard and strain the structural integrity of your attic.
If you need roof repairs after an animal infestation, contact Marshall’s Contracting in Clarksville, MD. Serving Howard, Carroll, Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Frederick, and Montgomery counties for over 30 years, this licensed, bonded, and insured roofing contractor will help you find a quality solution at a price you can afford. To learn more about their roofing services or to request a free estimate, visit them online or call (410) 406-7667.