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How to Avoid Roof Damage from Small Animals

Small animals can exacerbate existing roofing issues. Squirrels, rats and other small critters can chew through your asphalt shingles and create holes where water could leak. They can lift shingles to enter your attic, cause gutter clogging and shorten your roof’s lifespan. In this article, we share tips on how to avoid roof damage from small animals.


Regular Inspections

A roofing contractor can prolong your roof’s lifespan through routine inspections. They can immediately identify and repair small roofing issues that can worsen over time. For instance, they can fix shingle gaps, loose flashing, poor seals and damaged soffits that can serve as entry points for small animals.

Gutter Cleaning

Dirty gutters with leaves, twigs and soil contain all the materials birds need to create nests. Once they build their nest, they will start burrowing into your attic soon. Regularly cleaning and using a high-quality gutter protection system will prevent clogging and small animal nesting.

Tree Trimming

Tree branches make a home look charming and homey, but small animals jump from these overhanging branches to access your roof. Trim these branches once they start hanging over your roof. If they’re too thick to cut, ask a professional to remove the branches for you.

Relocate Your Garbage Cans

Small animals often head to various homes because they’re looking for food in trash bins. Avoid this by relocating your garbage cans away from downspouts. You should also use properly cover the trash bins to prevent attracting small animals.

You’ve invested in an excellent roof that withstands the elements, so only work with reputable roofers to take care of it. Punum Roofing of Houston, Inc. offers comprehensive roof replacement, repair and maintenance services. Call us at (713) 466-4447, or fill out this contact form to schedule a free consultation with our experts.