Can Squirrels Damage Your Roofing?

Posted on: 22 February 2017

Squirrels are cute and furry, but they can also cause damage to your roofing. The damage they can cause is not always insignificant. If you squirrels that like to spend time on your roof, here is what you need to know.  

What Damage Can Squirrels Cause?

Squirrels have a habit of gnawing away at roofing materials. They can damage your underlayment, flashing, and vent pipes. There can even be damage to your shingles.  

The result of the squirrels' gnawing is that your roof could start leaking and the shingles can start to crack and crumble. Even the structural support of the roofing, including the beams, can be weakened, which could leave you and your family in danger.  

What Can You Do?

One of the most important steps you need to take is keeping the squirrels off of your roof. To keep them away, you need to make sure they do not have a solid surface from which they can jump onto the roof.  

For instance, make sure the trees are trimmed back from your home. The limbs of the tree need to be at least six feet away from your home. Trimming the limbs is not a guarantee that the squirrels will stay away, but it will make it more challenging for them to reach the roof. 

You also need to make sure your attic does not have an entry point for the squirrels. Look for holes around the chimney, vents, and valleys of your roof. If you notice any holes, patch them immediately. In addition to this, take the time to replace any rotting wood that can be gnawed away by the squirrels.  

If you have any bird feeders near your home, it is important to know that squirrels also like to eat from them. Removing them could help save your roofing from damage.  

What About the Contractor?

Ideally, you should call in your contractor like those at Eagle Exteriors to inspect your roofing on an annual basis for an inspection. However, if you suspect that there is damage from squirrels, do not put off the assessment.  

The contractor can not only inspect the roof, but also apply paints or other coatings that have taste repellents designed to keep squirrels away. The contractor can also repair any damage that has already occurred so that it does not worsen.  

The roofing contractor can also provide you with tips on how to keep the squirrels away in the future. By being proactive now, you can save a larger repair bill later. 

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