With the approach of Spring, comes new life around your neighborhood. Squirrels, possums, and raccoons are just a few neighborhood animals that are greeting new faces to their family. Insects are hatching, bees are buzzing, and birds are hearing new chirps in their nest. It’s great, right? Not for roofing. The fact is, animals who are looking for a quiet, warm place for their young may be eying your roofing system or attic. Animal roof damage can be costly and time-consuming, but these signs can help you catch the problem early.
Damaged Soffit and Flashing
Animals must have an entry point to get inside your home, and if they cannot find one, they may create one. These can be visible just under your roof’s edge or near places like chimneys and vents.
Broken Shingles or Holes Underneath Material
Animals can easily break shingles to gain entrance to your warm attic space. They can also burrow underneath tile or metal to tear a hole into the underlayment for entry. These occurrences are both prime signs of a four-legged visitor.
Once an animal has created a hole in your roof, you will experience leaks when it rains. This will be evident by water stains on your walls or ceiling and moisture in your attic.
Strange Sounds, Smells, and Findings
Typically, when your home is quiet, you will be able to hear your furry friend inside your attic. You may also have an animal odor in your attic or even coming through your vents. One telltale but largely unnoticed indicator of a friend in your attic is the increase of droppings on your roof or in your gutters.
Animal roof damage can be quite costly if not detected in time. However, staying alert for the signs of a furry creature in your roof system can prevent expensive damage and keep your roof intact. If you think you may have an animal problem and need roof care, call the Eclat Roofing experts at 214-373-1500 for help.