When we think of summer we generally think of getting outdoors hiking camping etc. Creatures like squirrels, raccoons on the other hand are seeking shelter and a safe spot to raise their young. Now if they find a nice hollow log, everything will be great but these types of critters are known to invade residential roofs and wreak havoc once they make their way inside. If you think these animals have made a home inside your home, it’s best to call a roofing contractor as soon as possible. At Home Re-Nu, we are the roof repair experts in southern Illinois and we can handle the damage these cute creatures can inflict on the roof of your home.
Evicting The Critters
Squirrels and raccoons are one of the usual suspects when it comes to roof damage. It really isn’t their fault, your home is just so much more warm and dry than an old dead tree. For all of their good intentions, these creatures can cause a huge mess if not dealt with immediately. Sometimes, it can be difficult to determine if there are actually critters living in your roof, others, it can be painfully obvious. There can be scratching, crazy noises, chewing sounds, and even really foul smells from waste. If any of these conditions are observed call an animal control expert before calling a roofing contractor. Roof repair can begin after all the creatures have been relocated.
Assessing The Damage
Once the creatures in your attic are gone, whether through their own wanderings or a pest control professional, it is time to get up there and assess the damage. For as small as these creatures can be, they are very good at destroying your roof and the damage may be much worse than initially thought. The ultimate goal of a raccoon or squirrel is to get inside where there is a nice warm insulation and that usually means eating a hole in the roof. Sometimes these holes can be in spots where they are very obvious or in areas that are obscured from vision. A major contributing factor is overhanging foliage. Branches and trees are like highways for critters and will put your roof at risk for these curious animals.
A professional roofing contractor like Home Re-Nu can come out and inspect your roof for damage. This part of the roof repair process is critical to preventing all sorts of problems like leaks and mold. We will determine the best course of action depending on the age of your roof and the extent of the damage. Many times it will be a major process to repair the roof and it may be just as cost effective to replace the whole thing. Of course, we will keep you informed about all options and we will never try to sell you a whole roof when simple repairs are all that is needed.
Stay On Top Of It
One of the best things you can do for your roof is get up there are look around every so often. This way you might be able to identify problems when they arise. Of course, climbing up on the roof can be a scary proposition and should be done by a professional, there is no need for you to risk your life if you just want to perform an inspection. Contact the roofing professionals at Integrity Roofing and we can come out to check your roof for critter damage. Schedule your free inspection today!