Birds might be a beautiful and beloved creature to many, but homeowners and business owners should beware. Birds frequently cause damage to roofs. Our Fort Worth roofers explain the damage that can be caused by these winged creatures and what you should do if you think birds have already damaged your roofing.
How Birds Damage Roofing
There are many ways in which birds can damage a roof, including:
- Nests – Birds will commonly build their nests in small areas or crannies, often in gutters or drains. When a nest blocks a gutter or drain, you are at risk of water damage, since water can no longer properly drain from your roofing. Over time, you could be facing rot, mold, or water damage in your roof and walls.
- Droppings – Bird droppings are incredibly acidic and can eat away at the protective layer of roofing. They are particularly damaging to tar-based roofing and studies have shown that continuously adding droppings to a warehouse roof can cut its lifespan in half.
- Fire Hazard – When birds make their nests, they use a lot of dry materials, including twigs, grass, leaves, and other natural materials. During dry weather or if the nest is constructed around electrical equipment, these nests pose a real threat. They can easily catch alight and send your roof up in flames.
- Blocking Ventilation – With nests or by sitting near vents, birds can obstruct air flow in your building. Ventilation is important when ensuring warm air and moisture doesn’t build up and ruin your structure.
How Can I Prevent It?
When birds start nesting on your roof, it can be near impossible to get rid of them. However, frequent roofing maintenance can help ensure that any damage that is created does not cause any problems. If you need to schedule a maintenance service, contact Bronco Roofing & Construction today and speak with a member of our team. We can assess the bird damage and help prevent it from getting any worse.