Roof Rats And Other Unwelcome Guests
Most of the time, when you have rodents in your attic, they were on your roof first. Roof rats are specially equipped for climbing and for squeezing through even small holes in your roof. Bats, mice, insects, birds, and even larger critters like squirrels or possums can also break in if your rooftop has holes or weak spots on it.
Part of the solution, of course, is setting traps and possibly calling a professional exterminator. But the long term solution is to have your roof inspected by a professional roofer and have all possible entry points eliminated – as far as loose/missing shingles and gaps where roof cement/caulk or flashing should be are concerned.
Once unwelcome guests find a way in, it can be a long, arduous, and expensive experience to get rid of them. Far better to keep your roof as critter-resistant as possible and prevent most infestations from ever occurring.
Other Dangers Of Letting A Roof Repair Go
There are other good reasons to address a roof repair quickly, of course, aside from keeping out pests.
First of all, you risk a roof leak that can damage the roof deck, attic insulation, ceilings, drywall, flooring, furniture, electronics, and more. Also, the longer roof damage sits unrepaired, the worse it tends to grow – and the more it ultimately costs to fix it.
Additionally, a roof in poor condition can become a safety hazard to yourself, your family, and guests. Shingles or flashing that are loose or dangling by a hair could blow off or fall off and hurt someone. That also becomes a liability issue. Attempting DIY roof repairs could also be a safety hazard, however, which is why most homeowners do well to rely on a local, professional contractor.
Winter is cold enough, even in Florida, to encourage rodents and other pests to enter homes. The dry weather this time of year also causes pests to seek refuge. By getting your roof inspected and all problems resolved, you greatly reduce the chances of having an infestation. And you also reduce your risks of other problems caused by damaged roofing.
For a free quote on roof repair work, roof inspections, or roof replacement in Central Florida, contact Sheegog Contracting today!