While you cannot avoid roof-related problems completely, there are a few things you can do to prevent small animals like squirrels and raccoons from causing damage to your roof, attic and eventually the rest of your home.
Get Regular Roof Inspections
Routine roof inspections are essential if you want to prolong the lifespan of your roofing system. A professional inspection can detect small issues, such as missing shingles and worn-out flashing around chimneys and vents – all of which can allow critters access to the inside of your roof.
Keep Gutters Free of Debris
Clogged gutters attract birds because of all the nesting materials. It is generally recommended to have your gutters cleaned at least twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. If you are looking for a permanent gutter solution, let a roofing contractor install gutter guards to minimize the need to clean your gutters.
Trim Tree Branches
Make sure the tree branches surrounding your roof are regularly trimmed, especially those tall, overarching ones, because these things can act like a bridge to your roof if you are not too careful. Squirrels are able to jump great distances, so the further away the branches are from your roof, the better.
Check the Attic
Occasionally check your attic for evidence of wildlife as well as damaged areas that might have been caused by these small animals. If you suspect that your home has animal intruders, do not try to get rid of them. Instead, call a wildlife removal service.
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