Your roof is a great place for all kinds of critters and creatures to gain access to your home. This can be especially true for homes that have attics or crawl spaces. Making regular inspections of your home to make sure it isn’t an easily accessible place to make a home is key. Here are a few things to consider that any home owner can do:
Visual Inspection Inside and Out
Perform an annual inspection of the exterior of the home. What you’re specifically looking for is anything that might be an access point which may be damaged flashing, holes in the soffits, areas where the eves may have come away slightly or generally any area with visible damage.
Inspecting the inside of the home in crawlspaces and attics can show you if any light is coming in where areas may have been damaged. Additionally if animals have made any kind of residence, there will be signs such as droppings or scratch marks.
Take the time to properly seal and repair any of these areas, or hire the professionals at West Coast Roofing to handle that for you.
Tree limbs or overgrown bushes that make contact with your roof are one of the major culprits where animals like mice, squirrels or packrats gain access to your home. They can easily scale vegetation and once they have access to the top, they can find nooks and crannies to either make a home on top of the roof or gain access to the interior.
Regularly cutting back trees that make contact with your roof deny that easy access pathway to your home.
We understand that it’s not always easy to maintain a regular inspection schedule. Life, school, work and family always gets in the way. But we always like to reinforce that catching problems early on always saves the homeowner a considerable amount of time, money and energy. Setting aside just 30 minutes a year could save you thousands instead of a problem going unnoticed for months or years.
If you find a problem with your roof and would like a professional opinion, we offer free inspections and can provide options to repair or replace any part of your roofing system. Give us a call today at 520-241-2556.