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Small animals like squirrels and raccoons may seem harmless, but they can cause significant damage to your home. One of the most likely places they’ll damage is your roof. Animals like to make their homes on your roof, and they may even try to break through your roof and enter your warm home.

Fortunately, there are several steps that can help you keep animals away and prevent animal-related roof damage.

Common Types of Animal Roof Damage

A wide variety of small animals can wreak havoc on your roof. These animals include squirrels, mice, bats, birds, raccoons, possums, and mice. They may take up residence in your attic, gutters, or chimney.

These animals may cause any of the following types of damage:

  • Torn soffits. The soffit bridges the gap between your home’s siding and roofline, and it’s the first point of entry for many animals. Animals tear at the soffit until they create an opening.
  • Broken shingles. Animals will do anything they can to enter your home, including removing shingles. Rotting wood shingles are an easy target for animals because they are easy to break.
  • Holes in roof. Animals like woodpeckers can drill holes through your roofing materials.
  • Damaged roof sheathing. Your roof’s sheathing sits at the base of your roofing material. Since sheathing isn’t built to retain water, animal destruction can desecrate the sheathing.
  • Leaks: Once animals create an entrance hole in your roof, the hole gives a route for water to enter. Water leaks damage both your roofing materials and your ceiling.
  • Damaged roof features. As they make their homes in your gutters, vents, or chimney, animals cause significant damage to these features. They often chew through roof ridge caps to gain
    access to the attic.

If animals make it through your roof into your home, they might damage your insulation, your venting systems, and even your electrical wiring. They can chew on ventilation pipes, leaving holes and causing
leaks. They can also leave droppings, which can spread disease.

Preventing Animal Damage

Following a few simple steps can remove animals and prevent them from arriving in the first place:

  1. Keep your roof well maintained. Have a roofing company check your roof periodically for leaks, missing shingles, torn roofing materials, or any other kind of damage. The weaker your roof, the
    easier it is for animals to destroy it. A roofing company can repair any issues with your roof, making sure it provides a strong barrier against animal attacks.
  2. Check for signs of animal damage. Look for any holes that might function as an animal entrance. Also look for droppings and nesting material. If you notice any of these signs, call a pest control
    company. Then, call a roofing company to restore your damaged roof.
  3. Check your attic. It’s important to check your attic as well for signs of animal entry. Look for dropping and nesting material. Animals may also leave an oily residue at their place of entry.
  4. Trim tree branches. Tree branches hanging near your roof give animals easy access to your roof, so trim those branches frequently.
  5. Clean gutters. Birds might use debris from gutters to build their nests, so clean your gutters at least twice a year.
  6. Remove food sources. If animals see sources of food near your home, they’re more likely to invade your roof. Do not leave pet food outside, and make sure all your garbage cans are securely closed.
  7. Use a chimney cap. Place a chimney cap on your chimney to prevent animals from entering there.

These steps can help you prevent animals from making your roof their home. If you notice any signs of animal damage, call the roofing professionals at Mid-Miami Roofing.