making decisions about roof replacements

making decisions about roof replacements

Rats Chewed Holes In Your Roof? Fix Them With These Temporary Repairs

by Lorraine Fisher

When rodents chew holes in your roof, it can leave your home vulnerable to rain and bugs. If the holes are small or easy to reach, you can repair them temporarily yourself. All you need to do is patching supplies, a ladder, foam sealant, and hardwood mesh. Here's why you need to fix your roof's holes and how.

Why Should You Repair the Holes in Your Roof Right Away?

Rodents harbor all types of germs and diseases, including dangerous ticks, fleas and rabies. If you don't temporarily secure your damaged roof, these problems can eventually affect the rest of your home. In some cases, the rodents may venture into your kitchen in search of food. When they do, they'll leave urine and feces on your kitchen counters and floors. 

In addition, rain and bugs can enter the holes on your roof. Rain can release moisture in the house, which creates mold and mildew on the surfaces of your insulation, ceilings and walls. Bugs, such as mosquitoes and biting gnats, can endanger the health of your children and pets. Depending on your location in the United States, mosquitoes can transmit harmful infections, parasites and other contaminants, when they bite you. 

You can avoid all of the problems above by repairing your roof. 

What Do You Need to Repair the Holes?

If you only have rat holes on the gutters or overhangs of your home, you can cover them up with hardwood mesh. Hardwood mesh is the best option because rats can't chew through its hard metal surface. You may want to secure all other openings around the home, such as crawlspaces, with the mesh for added protection.

Filling the openings with residential foam or sealant may also work well to keep the rodents out. The foam or sealant expands inside and around the openings when you apply it. 

If you have holes on the roof itself, you'll need to obtain patching material made with aluminum to fix them. The aluminum material is thick and strong enough to cover the holes completely, as well as seal out rodents, rain and bugs. 

If you follow the repair tips in the patching material's instruction manual precisely, the temporary repairs should last until you contact a professional roofer.


Before you patch up the holes on the roof, remove any loose shingles from around or over them. Loose shingles can create bulges and bumps beneath the patching material once you lay it down. 

Don't let rodents eat through your roof again. You should contact a roofing specialist (such as Homestreet Roofing Inc) as soon as possible to inspect, repair or replace your roof. 


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making decisions about roof replacements

Is the roof on your home ready for replacement? If so, do you know what type of roofing you are going to have installed to replace it? Will you have the existing roof removed, or just have the home re-roofed? You will face several decisions while you work to replace the roof on your home. Scroll through my site to find a great list that can help you decide what product and method of installation will be best for your home. Hopefully, the information provided will take some of the confusion and stress out of this big, important home improvement project.