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Don't Let Birds Damage Your Roof

Wildlife is a beautiful and intriguing thing to watch. However, when you have wildlife nesting around your home, these animals can quickly turn into pests. This is especially the case when they are living on your roof. Birds can make nest along your rafters, vents and gutters, causing serious issues.

The Problem With Birds

Something as small and seemingly innocent as a bird can cause a great deal of damage to your home's roof. Here are just some of the problems with birds

Nests

Birds typically establish their nests inside your gutters and drains. When it rains, their nest prevent the water from properly flowing through the gutters and away from your home. Instead, the water gets backed up on your roof, slowly seeping into the under layers of the roof which can cause the materials to deteriorate and increase the risk for a leak. 

Droppings

Due to their diet, bird droppings have a high acid levels within them. When you have an excessive amount of droppings on your roof, it can start to breakdown and eat away at your roof, particularly the sheathing and shingles. As these materials start to degrade, this opens the door for deep moisture penetration. Moisture penetration can cause further accelerate material destruction and cause the shingles to fall off and leave your roof unprotected.

Preventing The Problem

It's much easier to keep birds off your roof than it is to try and repair damage that they have caused. Here are some of the methods you can try to protect your roof.

Bird Spikes

The name bird spike sounds worse than it is, they don't harm the bird. The spikes consist of a thin strip of metal pins that you install along the roof perimeter. The pins make for an uncomfortable landing that will cause the bird to fly away.

Ultrasonic Technology

Ultrasonic technology is a device that emits a high-pitched sound into the air. This sound is thought to be irritating to birds, which in turn causes them to naturally stay away. You can typically adjust the level of the sound so that it is not a disturbance to you or your neighbors.

In many instances, it's best to have a roofing professional come out to your home in order to determine which prevention method is best. The reason for this is the fact that birds are sometimes attracted to different roofs for different reasons. A roofing professional (such as one from K&R Roofing and Gutters) can get to the bottom of the issue and help you choose a prevention method that will yield the greatest long-term results.


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