Although extreme weather and harsh storms are known to damage roofs on residential and commercial properties, animal and insect infestations can be just as much of a threat. Outside critters that find their way onto the building can destroy the materials that are used and can cause leaks to develop within weeks. To prevent infestations from occurring, there are a few important steps to take with the guidance of a Bergen County roofing professional.
One of the most important steps to take to protect your roof from termites or raccoons is to trim tree branches that are close to the building. Bushes or shrubs should be trimmed on a regular basis and kept away from the walls of the home. Many different insects and animals often have access to roofs due to trees that are in close proximity to the building. Wood piles and cellulose products should also be kept away from the home where termites are known to find food and moisture.
Homeowners should be aware of squirrels or opossums that may be spotted on nearby telephone wires, as this indicates that they may have already accessed the roof. There may also be droppings that are present in the attic.
The ventilation in the attic and roof should also be inspected, as these are common entry points where critters sneak in.
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They can even enter in through holes or cracks where deterioration has occurred. Soffit vents and the fascia board are also areas where intruders can get in. These areas should be repaired and sealed immediately after the animals have been removed from the property.
It's crucial that the chimney is also examined where nests can be built. The flue should be covered when it's not being used, in order to avoid having an opening where animals or insects can enter.
Improper drainage is a common cause for termites that damage roofs because the insects are able to feed off of the water. The downspouts should be directing water away from the foundation of the home to avoid pooling water that develops. Clogged rain gutters can also be a source of food for insects and are also where they are prone to hiding. Remove wet leaves or debris and trim the trees to prevent the gutters from accumulating more twigs.
Mulch should be cleared away from the foundation to avoid attracting termites. Although it can be difficult to remove, it should be raked at least four inches away from the foundation.