Residential roofing systems are designed to handle years of depreciation from exposure to the elements, but pests can speed up deterioration if left unaddressed. Roof damage caused by pests can require extensive repairs or even a complete roof replacement, and it may also lead to water damage in other parts of the home. Here are four common pests that can cause roof damage.
Although they are commonly associated with basements and garages, rodents such as rats, mice, and squirrels are also a threat to residential roofing systems. As natural climbers, rodents won’t hesitate to chew through a roof’s shingles and wood to get into the interior spaces below. Homeowners should seek professional assistance at the first sign of a rodent problem in the roof or attic.
Unfortunately, birds don’t only build their nests in trees. When built in a home’s gutter system, bird nests can quickly block the flow of water and lead to dangerous buildup, which can seep inside and cause water damage in the home’s interior. Birds also leave behind feathers and harmful droppings, which can be both detrimental to roofing and dangerous to human health.
Termites are perhaps the most detested household pests, as they are able to chew up and damage many different areas of a home. This includes the roof, where termites can damage underlying wood and even loosen shingles. Because the roof is a home’s primary defense against water, any termite damage can quickly lead to dangerous leaks, mold, and mildew.
In addition to being dangerous to humans and pets, bees and other stinging insects can cause significant damage to the structure of a home. Burrowing bees can cause termite-like damage to a roof, and their hives can promote mold and loosen shingles. What’s worse, the presence of bees and their larvae can attract birds and other creatures that feed on such insects. Roof damage from pests can quickly cause dangerous structural damage, leaks, and water seepage, so it’s important to contact a professional at the first sign of a problem. Our team at Action Roofing provides a wide variety of roofing services to Billerica-area residents, including repairs and full roof replacements. To request a free estimate, contact us today by calling (978) 726-9709.