What should you do if your home has pest-related roof damage? Take a look at what you need to know about roof repair services and roof replacement.
What Types of Pests Can Damage a Residential Roof?
Almost any pest can damage your home's roof. The specific pest that causes issues for your attic and everything on top of it depends on where you live and what species are common in your geographic region. Roof-destroying or damaging pests include termites, hornets, wasps, birds, bats, mice, rats, squirrels, and raccoons.
What Type of Damage Can Pests Cause to a Roof?
The answer to this question depends on several factors, including the type of roof your home has and where you live. Pests won't easily impact a solid metal roof. But they can damage asphalt shingle or wood shake material. Some pests can also chew, crack, or cause other issues in the wooden sheathing under the roof.
Termites, hornets, wasps, and rodents can weaken wooden sheathing. Combine this with rot from humid weather (if you live in a moisture-rich region) and the roof damage could pose a serious structural or safety issue. Along with structural or underlying damage, some pests can loosen roof shingles or pierce tiles.
What Can You Do About Pest-Related Roof Damage?
Whether termites weakened the roof's supports, birds pecked away parts of your shingles, or your home has another type of pest-related damage, you need a roofing contractor to repair or replace the problem areas.
Roof repair isn't a do-it-yourself type of home improvement job. Without expert-level knowledge and experience, you may not repair your roof the right way. This could lead to roofing failure and the need for repeat repairs. Not only could a failed repair attempt cost you money in additional services, but it can also cause a safety hazard.
The first step in the repair process is accurate invader identification. After you identify the pest, eliminate it. This may require a professional exterminator. Without the threat of pests looming over your roof, you're ready to tackle the damage.
The roofer will review the available options with you before they begin the repair work. Ask for a written estimate that includes the costs of labor and materials. The specific repair depends on the type and extent of the damage. If an immediate fix isn't possible or will result in repeated problems, the contractor may suggest a full roof replacement.