There are plenty of critters that live outside
that could enjoy a nice, cozy space on your roof. Whether it's rats, squirrels,
bats, birds, or mice, they could choose to build a nest on your roof. Once a
nest is built, more critters could come and find shelter on your roof. These
animals can then end up causing additional damage inside your home over time.
To prevent any damage, use these tips to keep critters at bay and safeguard
- Trim Back
Some animals like squirrels could be making it
to your roof by crossing across a tree branch that is hanging over your roof.
By removing any tree branches that hang over our roof, you will cut off the
access that some of these critters have to your home.
- Make Sure
Your Shingles Are In Place
If any shingles are out of place, animals can
easily borough their way into your attic. Once a hole is created, other damage
could occur, such as water damage, from your attic being opened up to the
elements. By keeping an eye out for any missing or loose shingles, you can
quickly have them replaced or repaired before an animal can make its way into
- Keep Your
Gutters are also attractive spots for
critters to nest. With leaves and other debris already there, birds especially
can quickly put together a nest within your gutter. The next step from your
gutters is into your home. By regularly cleaning out your gutters, you can
deter critters from nesting in your gutters in the first place.
Even with empty gutters, animals could also be
inclined to nest within your gutters or use them as a way to travel to your
roof. A way to prevent this is by installing gutter guards. Gutter guards will
cover your gutters to prevent critters from getting in but still allow your
gutters to function properly by moving rainwater from your roof to the ground.
- Keep Trash
Trash and food waste that is open and
available can quickly attract animals looking for a food supply. Be sure to
keep your trash contained within bags inside of a garbage can and away from
your home. This will help prevent luring animals into your home.
- Have Routine
There could be openings or other areas of your
roof that are allowing animals to get in. While there are some roofing issues
that you could see from the ground, there are many that can only be seen up
close. Enlisting the help of a roofing professional will allow you to have
someone safely go up on the roof with the training to spot any areas where
critters could have caused damage. Be sure to get an inspection at least once a
year so you can catch any problems early before the damage is too extensive.
Insects can also cause massive problems for
your home and roof. Learn more on how to deter and prevent pests from infesting
An inspection is a great way to have your roof
checked for any holes or openings where pests could make their way inside. ARAC
Roof It Forward offers a free video roof inspection so we can show you the
videos and pictures of your roof and recommend any necessary repairs. Our goal
at Roof It Forward is to provide our community with high-quality roofing
solutions to keep you and your family safe in your home. Schedule your free
video inspection today!