Because they’re not so cute and cuddly when they damage your roof!

When it comes to our Gainesville homes and protecting our roofs, the first thing that typically comes to mind is the fierceness of mother nature. Extreme weather comes quickly and the fury in left is her wake — broken shingles and a damaged roof.

But, when was the last time you were concerned with the wildlife wrecking havoc on your roof?

Animals are notoriously known for their destructive roof damage and, are very much, a real threat. While there are measures you can take in safeguarding your roof, it’s important to know the signs to better protect your home.

At Brett Hayse Exterior Specialists, we are your roofing specialists in Gainesville equipped to handle not only weather damage but critter damage that puts your roof in jeopardy. Venture into the animal kingdom — hopefully, it’s not your home — and learn all about how wildlife can impact the health of your roof.

The Animal Culprits Destroying Roofs

Animals are attracted not necessarily to your roof, but to your home — it’s really just a means to an end of gaining access inside. They’re drawn to the dark, quiet, and warm temperatures that your attic or crawl space provides. Some of the most common animal culprits include:

  • Mice
  • Squirrels
  • Raccoons
  • Possums
  • Bats
  • Birds
  • Wasps

The Roof Damage That Can Occur

The easiest way for animals to get inside your home is through the soffits and soffit vents on your roof. Here, they’ll gnaw through the material and even the soffit itself and perform a Houdini type act and somehow slip right on in.

It’s also common for animals to destroy shingles and chew right through rotting wood to get better access to the chimney or gutter. Because smaller animals have their size working for them, it’s much easier for them to enter through vents or fans, while the obstacles are much more difficult for larger animals so they have to become a little more clever.

The biggest takeaway from animals trying to get inside is, once an entrance is established no matter how small or large, it leaves your home susceptible for many other creatures to make their way in. Additionally, water can make its way in as well, saturating the wood and causing not only roof damage and mold, but compromising your home’s structural integrity.  

Now that we know how animals can impede and damage your home, let’s explore how homeowners can better prevent wildlife roof damage.

  • Preventative maintenance – Roof maintenance can be performed by roofing specialists or by the homeowner, either way, it needs to be maintained regularly. This includes cleaning your gutters to help deter birds and animals looking to make a home in the debris. This also allows for optimal water drainage which better prevents ice dams and other types of roof damage.
  • Trim tree branches – While critters are very creative and will always try to find a way in, don’t give them a clear cut and easy path by the way of unruly tree branches. Trim all of your tree branches and eliminate any limbs that are overhanging near your roof — keep everything clean and kept.
  • Keep an eye out – As a homeowner, it’s important you have an idea of the status of your property. It never hurts to make it a habit of walking your property weekly and taking note of the condition. Pay attention to any animal droppings or roofing materials on the ground — this may be a red flag that you have critters trying to barge their way in!

Animals play a role in our ecosystem, but not in our homes! Know the signs of wildlife and help prevent roof damage!

To learn more about how we can help care for your Gainesville roof, connect with us today!