If you have heard a bird pecking on your roof, noticed a small leak in your attic or noticed a bit of moss growing on your roof, you have probably wondered if you need roof repair. Woodpeckers can peck holes in your roof that can cause major leaks. Moss can cause mold, which can cause damage to your shingles. Damaged or missing shingles can lead to leaks.
Do I Need Repair or Replacement?
There are a few things to take into consideration when deciding to repair or replace a roof, and you always have a professional inspect your roof before making a final decision. Asphalt shingles last quite a long time and if you have a newer home with just a couple of damaged shingles, you may be able to replace those that are missing or damaged. Newer homes often have roofs that are designed to protect homes from damage, so a full replacement may not be necessary.
If bird damage or other leaks are minor and caught early on, an experienced professional roofer might be able to patch your roof. If you are unable to afford a new roof or if moving out of your home for the necessary time it would take to put on a new roof is impossible, you may want to consider having repairs done to the roof until you are able to have them permanently replaced.
If you are lucky enough to only require repairs instead of replacement, there are a few things you can do to prevent damage to your roof once the repairs are made. Woodpeckers peck to mark their territory and to attract mates. It is also a way for them to carve out space for a nest and find bugs to eat.
It is illegal to kill a woodpecker, but there are a few ways to scare them off or distract them. You can put magnifying mirrors on your rooftop. You can have a roofer put bird repellent on your roof. You can place a bird feeder on your property or plant fruit trees. Bird feeders are less work than foraging for food on a rooftop and these animals are no fools: they will leave your roof alone if you provide an accessible food source.
Moss damage can be prevented by having your roof maintained and cleaned on a regular basis. Keeping the roof away from shade by trimming trees can help reduce the growth of moss and mold. You can also have a roofer install copper and zinc strips on the roof ridges that will prevent mold from growing.
Why You Need a Roofer
Roofing is strenuous and dangerous work. In addition to the obvious risk of falling off the roof, you might step on a nail, breath in toxic chemicals or experience vertigo. Electrocution is more common than you might think amongst amateur roofers and do-it-yourselfers are burned all the time. If you are smart and safety conscious, you will contact our Ventura Roofing company, rather than attempting the repairs yourself.