Your roof is responsible for keeping your home secure in a myriad of ways. Most of the time we think about how our roof protects us from the weather, but your roof is actually responsible for keeping more than just the weather at bay. Your roof is the first line of defense against pests and critters who might otherwise enjoy taking up residence in your home. So what happens when you find out that pests have invaded your home by way of the roof? Our residential roof repair team in Tuscaloosa is here to help.

Check out these tips for what to do when pests have invaded your home via your roof and contact us for roof repairs right away.

#1: Try To Find The Root Of The Problem

In order to know what specific steps you will need to take to rid your home of unwanted guests, you need to start by determining how they are entering your home. If you have an attic, this is a good place to begin. Depending on the type of pest that is entering your home, different methods of entrance will be used. Insects and other small pests can easily make their way into your home through the tiniest cracks and crevices. Larger pests, such as rodents, bats, and birds will require a bigger entrance into the space.

Look for any noticeable holes in your roofing or cracks in the corners of your attic. Do your best to identify areas where pests might be entering and make note of what repairs will be needed. When in doubt, hire a professional roofer to come take a look at your entire roofing system. An experienced roofing contractor will know exactly what signs of pest intrusion to look for on your roof.

#2: Decrease Your Hospitality

The next thing you should do is determine how hospitable your home is for unwanted pests. For example, is your attic filled with old materials that make for excellent rodent nests? If it has been a long time since you last cleaned your attic, take the time to do a thorough sweep of the area. Get rid of any contaminated items and try to reduce the appeal of the space for critters to make it their home.

During this process, it is also wise to thoroughly sanitize the area. Most unwanted pests can carry harmful diseases with them. Deep cleaning the area will go a long way in reducing the risks posed to your family as well as lowering the chances of allergy flare-ups.

#3: Schedule Pest Control

If you know that pests are taking up residence in your home, it is time to call in pest control. They will be able to eradicate the unwanted guests from the space, as well as give you helpful tips for keeping them at bay. This will be a critical step to take in order to ensure that you don’t simply seal pests into your home. Make sure that there are no more intruders left so that your home doesn’t become a breeding ground.

#4: Prevent Future Problems With Roof Repairs

Finally, there is no point in cleaning up the area and removing unwanted pests if you don’t take care of the issue that is allowing them into your home. Roofing systems that are not properly sealed can allow not only unwanted critters into your home, but can also allow the elements to wear away at your home’s structure. Schedule a thorough roof inspection to find out what repairs need to be prioritized. In the case of older homes, the roofing materials might need to be replaced entirely. Until you take care of the root of the problem, you will find yourself in a never ending cycle of cleaning and calling pest control.

Schedule Repairs Today

If you know that your roof isn’t in the best condition and you suspect that pests are entering your home through the roof, please contact our team right away. We offer extensive residential roof repair in Tuscaloosa. There is no project too large or too small for our team to handle. We will begin by doing a thorough inspection of the roofing system. We will look for weak areas, holes, gaps, damaged flashing, and other areas where things are not sealed tight. From there, we can offer you the different options you have for fixing the problem. In some cases, a quick replacement of cracked flashing will be enough to remedy the issue. In other situations, you might need a bigger overhaul. No matter what the case, we will provide you with an honest and fair assessment of what you need.

Our end goal is to ensure that your home is protected from both pests and the weather. For more information or to schedule a free inspection, contact our team at PRN Roofing right away.