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Have Your Roof Checked for Signs of Animal Damage

animal roof damageYou want your roof to be protected from damage so it will stay in good condition and last as long as possible. A roof can become damaged by a storm that blows off shingles and by the sun beating down on it in the summer. One cause of damage that is often overlooked is animals.

How Animals Can Damage Your Home

Raccoons often pull shingles off roofs to reach the attic and build nests. Woodpeckers can peck at a roof and create holes that can allow water to leak into the interior. Termites can eat wooden parts of a roof and cause major structural damage.

Birds often build nests in gutters. This can cause them to become clogged and water to get backed up and overflow. Clogged gutters can cause damage to the roof and other parts of the house.

Rodents can chew through soffits to get into an attic. Once they get inside, they can chew through electrical wires and build nests with dry materials. These two factors together can create a fire hazard.

Nests in ventilation systems can cause blockages. This can keep oxygen from entering the house and cause carbon monoxide to build up, which can be fatal to the occupants of the house.

How to Protect Your Roof from Animals

You should take steps to protect your home from animals and prevent damage that could lead to the need for expensive repairs. Trim limbs that hang over your roof. This will prevent them from falling on your roof in a storm or scraping against it and will also make it harder for animals to get to your roof because they will not have a convenient means of access.

You should keep your gutters clean and remove any nests to prevent them from clogging your gutters and damaging your house. You should also check your house for signs of animal damage and potential entry points that could be used to get into your attic. If you find damage or an entry point, you should have it repaired as soon as possible.

Animals often get into houses through chimneys. You can keep animals out of your chimney by installing a chimney cap and covering your flue when you are not using your fireplace.

Get Your Roof Checked for Signs of Animal Damage

If your roof has been damaged by animals, you should have it repaired as soon as possible, before the damage gets worse. If you are not sure if your roof has animal damage, Connecticut Shingle Installers can inspect your roof to look for problems. Contact us today to schedule a roof inspection.

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