If you have a lot of birds roosting or nesting on your roof, then you should be concerned. You might not have a problem with birds being around your property; however, they can cause serious roof damage.
In some cases, you should call out a roofing contractor to check your roof and gutters for damage. When is this a good idea?
You Have a Lot of Droppings on Your Roof
Birds produce a lot of droppings. Even a few birds roosting on a roof can cover it with unsightly streaks. If droppings dry, then they won't necessarily wash away when it rains. They will set hard and start to do some damage.
Bird droppings contain a lot of uric acid. This acid can eat into metal roofs and shingles if it stays in place for a long time. It can breach the surface and cause material damage and leaks.
If you can see a lot of droppings on your roof, then you should contact a roofing contractor. They can clean your roof and check for any damage. An early fix will prevent more serious and costly problems down the line.
You Have a Nest in Your Gutters or on Your Roof
Birds often like to nest in gutters. A gutter gives them a safe and sheltered spot to build a nest. However, nests can cause some damage here.
A nest will block water from flowing through a gutter. Birds will also shed feathers and spread nesting debris to make the problem worse.
If your gutters aren't clear, water might seep into your roof and start to cause damage to its underlying structure. For example, wood will rot if it comes into regular contact with gutter water that can't drain away.
Plus, nests and their debris can be surprisingly heavy. If they get waterlogged, then the gutter might start to sag and even break.
Plus, some birds nest close to warm and sheltered areas of your roof, such as chimneys, HVAC units, and solar panels. If birds build a nest close to a vent or other airflow exit, then they can block it so that it can't work. This could be hazardous. Nests can cause fires and trap harmful fumes in your home.
If you have a nest in a gutter or near a vent or airflow exit, then your roofer can remove the nest. This will restore your gutter's water flow and make your roof safe again.
If you do have bird damage on your roof or gutters, then a roofing contractor can fix the problem. Many roofers can also advise you on how to bird-proof your roof to prevent future damage. Contact a roofing contractor for more information.