Roofing Repairs That Might Be Needed When Wildlife Damages Your Roof
You know your roof might need repairs after a storm or due to old age, but you might not think about roof damage caused by wildlife. Animals like rats, squirrels, and raccoons can chew through your roof and cause a lot of damage without you being aware you have a pest problem. Here are some signs you might have animals entering your attic through the roof, the type of roof damage they cause, and how roofing repairs might be done.
Signs Of Animals Getting In Your Roof
If an entry hole for animals has been in the roof long enough, you might notice a roof leak. You'll see signs like you would with any other roof leak, such as water stains on the ceiling, a musty odor, or even water dripping down the wall.
When animals are the source of roof damage and the animals are inside your attic, you'll probably hear noises at night coming from your attic. You might even notice a foul odor from the animals and their droppings. You may even see a raccoon or squirrels run across your roof and disappear into a hole.
The Type Of Roof Damage Animals Cause
Animals can gnaw holes through your roof, and big raccoons can lift shingles or tear them off. This type of damage increases the risk of a roof leak that leads to rotting of the deck and water damage to your attic. The animals might claw at the rubber boots around vents or scrape granules off the roof. The pests do immediate damage to your roof as well as long-term damage that results from roof leaks.
The Roof Repairs That Might Be Needed
Once the animals have been removed from your attic by a wildlife professional, a roofer can make repairs so the raccoons or rats stay out of your roof. First, the roofer has to assess all the damage that was caused. The animals may not have stopped after they gnawed a single opening in your roof. The damage across your roof could be widespread and affect shingles, the deck, and the soffit or fascia boards.
All the damaged roofing has to be removed. Shingles will be pulled up so all the damaged deck is exposed. The damaged area of the deck can be replaced with new plywood. The old deck will be cut out to the rafters on each side so the new plywood can be nailed into the rafters and secured.
Once the new deck is in place, underlayment is put over it and then the new shingles can be put on. If necessary, the soffit and fascia boards are replaced. Rubber boots can be replaced if needed. Once the roofer is finished, the damaged area will be as good as new.