Reinforcing Your Roof against Animal Raiders

Pests and other animal home invaders are a constant problem. We have to deal with different animals wanting to dwell inside our homes: mice in our attics; birds building nests on our roofs; racoons raiding our basements; and yes, even poisonous snakes!

This article from US News online provides a useful tip on How to Protect Your Home From Pests:

Look to the skies. Since you probably aren’t on your roof a lot, it can be easy to forget that this is where a lot of animals can enter your house. Mice can climb brick walls and enter an opening in the roof, like a chimney. Brugh says everyone should have properly fitted chimney caps – no easy feat, of course, reaching the top of a chimney to make sure there’s a cap and that it’s on tight.

But even if the chimney is fine, there may be other parts of the roof that aren’t. Brugh says sealing gable vents in the roof is also important. After all, bats enjoy living in crawl spaces and attics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends bat-proofing your roof by caulking openings larger than a quarter-inch by a half-inch. It clearly doesn’t take a big opening for them to get inside.

So how can you stop them from invading your premises?  First and foremost, you have to check every part of your house—from the roof to the siding— for small openings such as cracks and gaps that a small animal can get into, and then seal them up. You can also consult contractors to ensure that your home is appropriately designed to prevent these pesky critters from sneaking into your home. A roofer in Ocean County NJ, for instance, can provide you with the right materials that would make it harder for these bothersome and sometimes dangerous trespassers to get in.

One such roofing contractor in Ocean County, NJ you can trust with this kind of situation is All County Exteriors. Their extensive experience when it comes to roof installation makes them capable to suggest a “pest-proof” roof design.

(Article Excerpt from “How to Protect Your Home From Pests”, USNews.com published April 18, 2014)