Watching birds fly and perch on your garden and landscaping is a sight to behold, especially now that spring is in full swing. However, if they flock on your roof regularly, you might want to install deterrents like bird spikes and deflectors. These avian creatures can cause all sorts of problems to that exposed part of your home or business. More often than not, they have the potential to turn it into their nesting ground.
As the top roofing contractor in the area, we have dealt with damaged roofs, including damage inflicted by birds. Here are some of the common types, as well as tips on how to avoid them:
A bird’s nest in a gutter or drain may block the flow of water runoff, causing a backup that either spills over to the sides or rushes in between roof layers and into any vulnerable areas of the roof. The resulting water pressure can also cause undue stress, expediting your roof’s normal wear and tear. If you have to remove a bird’s nest, consider checking with wildlife control. Also, keep in mind that there might be local laws that prevent you from removing birds’ nests.
Bird droppings are corrosive by nature. If they’re left to sit on the surface of your roof, expect them to weaken the roofing materials. Susceptibility to leaks and further damage may increase, necessitating a roof repair. In some instances, the droppings can help promote the growth of algae or moss by providing nutrients. Be sure you have a roof maintenance plan in place to keep your roof clean and free of these droppings.
Birds create nests out of materials like grasses, twigs, moss and other fibers. These impede air circulation, leading to moisture issues that can damage your roof or the other structures in your home or business. They also increase the risk of fires, especially if they’re built next to roof equipment like outdoor HVAC units.
Keep birds out of your roof! At Anderson Restoration LLC, we offer annual maintenance programs that help you prevent the need for a premature roof replacement. Call (281) 376-7474 (Houston/Cypress) or (817) 226-2111 (Grapevine). You can also fill out our contact form to request an estimate.