June 17 2020 0Comment
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How to Protect Your Clearwater Roof From Animals

Animals in your attic are detrimental to the health of your roof as well as your family. They can destroy various parts of your roof including electrical wiring. Furthermore, wild animals are known to carry dangerous viruses that can be transmitted to humans. So the focus is often on protecting human beings from animals. Consider the potential havoc caused by animals to the most important structure of your house, your roof. There are two important ways to prevent this rather than driving the pests after they infest your Clearwater, Florida roof.

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The first and simplest action is disposing of your kitchen waste on time. Animals tend to come where they can find food. It is also advisable to keep your attic clean. If the animals find your attic a favorable place for nest-making, they are sure to occupy your attic. So clean your attic periodically of accumulated junk.

The second fact is that animals enter your roof through various vulnerable points of your roof. It is important to recognize them and carry out proactive measures to prevent this. The first thing is that you should know where to look for these while conducting a roof inspection.

1. Unused chimneys

Chimneys are not used during the summer months in Clearwater, Florida so they may provide cool shelter for the animals during these months. So, periodic inspection and cleaning of such chimneys will discourage animal encroachment.

2. Deteriorating areas of the roof

Certain parts of the roof are likely to deteriorate through the constant exposure to the elements and aging. Parts of eave corners, soffit boards, roof ridge caps, and roof sheaths are prone to such rotting. Small rodents like rats and mice can chew through them and make small openings for them to pass through. Later bigger animals like raccoons and bats follow making attic quite an animal colony. So pay special attention to these parts and if you find any weakness, remedy it as soon as possible.

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3. Gutters

If it is not the rainy season, the gutters are often neglected. If gutters are filled with debris, animals and birds would be able to make nests and reproduce. Once they are increased in number, they search for more places to occupy. That is when they actively look for places of entry to your attic and sure enough, they would find some weak points. The next thing you find is a past-infested attic. Make it a point to clean the gutters even if it is not rainy season.

4. Roof Vents

Roof vents are structures with openings. The animals and birds can enter through these uncovered holes. Even if the holes are covered, they can easily pierce them. Periodic inspections would reveal such breaches. They should be covered aptly against any vermin entry.

5. Gutter guards

If the gutter guards are made of nylon mesh or plastic sheets, they are easily penetrable. The rodents would make holes in them leaving enough space for bigger animals to enlarge them further. Your roof inspection should always include gutter guards to detect any susceptible spots.

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6. Missing shingles

If one or two shingles are missing or are broken at some remote areas of the roof, you may not detect them but the animals that actively looking for a place to enter your roof would easily do so. Therefore, your roof inspection should be careful and meticulous. It is a matter of you discovering the weak points before the vermin.

7. Overgrown nearby vegetation

The animals access your roof-top through the overhanging branches of the surrounding vegetation. It is necessary to watch out for encroaching branches and to keep these properly pruned to prevent this. It is easy to keep the pests at bay but sheer neglect and lack of roof maintenance would prove to be very costly.

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