making decisions about roof replacements

making decisions about roof replacements

How to Rodent-proof Your Roof

by Lorraine Fisher

Rodents like squirrels and mice gravitate toward your roof because it is a warm place to rest and it has perfect locations for stashing food,If you have had to deal with lots of scratching sounds overhead in the winter months, or you see rodents criss-crossing your roof, you need to call a professional roofer. The roofer can help you rodent-proof your roof in the following ways.

Close Off All Eavestroughs

Those nutty squirrels love to deposit nuts and other seeds in your eavestroughs like the troughs were their own personal food banks. The roofer can stop this by first clearing the troughs and then installing gutter guards. With the troughs closed off to everything but rain and melted ice and snow, the squirrels will stop stockpiling their winter food shores in the troughs and look elsewhere.

Erect Anti-pest Needles

If you have ever looked up to the roof of a church, you would probably see "anti-pest needles." These tall, sharp spikes look incredibly painful, and they are. They are meant to deter birds from landing and using the church roof and walls for defecation. However, the spikes are also excellent rodent deterrents too. A contractor can place several shorter versions of these spikes on your own roof to keep rodents and birds away.

Install Pest Screens Over & Around Vents & Attic Access Ports

Vents and attic access ports are easy pickings for rodents that are cold and want to get into your home where it is nice and warm. They have collapsible skeletons that allow them to squeeze through the narrowest of spaces, so just because your roof vents have tiny slits does not mean the rodents cannot get through.

The roofer can install pest screens over and around the vents that will prevent rodents from getting in while allowing continued and proper ventilation of your attic spaces. Attic access ports with louvered vents are even easier for rodents to get through, so be sure to have the roofer check and cover these too.

Consider Getting a Metal Roof

Finally, when your asphalt shingles on your roof begin to fail, and you need a new roof, install a metal roof. The metal roof is too slippery for most rodents to grab hold of, and there is no way they can chew through the metal, either. As for rodent food storage, everything just rolls right off the metal roof because it does not cling or stick to the seeds and nuts these creatures try to carry to the roof.

For more information about your options, contact companies like Darnell Construction. 


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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.