Pigeons love perching up high on buildings and when they make your roof their favorite landing zone, you will quickly know. Bird droppings and feathers all over your roof and the side of your house are annoying (and filthy) enough, and the scratching and skittering sounds these birds make as they nest and find new perches in your roof can keep you up at night or wake you up early in the morning. Pigeons are more than a common nuisance, they can be dangerous to your roof as well. Here are 3 reasons to keep these pesky birds at bay so you can avoid roofing services in the near future.
That poop that is constantly adorning your rooftop is more than just plain gross; it can actually be eroding your roof. Uric acid present in the birds' droppings can eventually eat through metals and wear down protective coatings on your roof, which can lead to weak spots, broken drain pipes and gutters (especially lighter aluminum styles), and cave-ins where roofing is already showing signs of wear. Have a contractor apply a roof coating to areas where birds have caused damage already and spray your roof and gutters often to keep these birds' droppings from accumulating.
Pigeons will nest anywhere they have shelter from predators and weather elements, especially if their hiding place is quiet and spacious. This leaves your rafters, chimney, and gutters fair game for big, messy nests. These nests can cause moisture backup, which can lead to water damage to your roof. Clean out nests that you have currently taking up residence in your home and place bird coil or sandpaper in those preferred areas to keep these persistent birds away. If you notice sagging in your roof anywhere near nesting spots, have a roofing contractor come to your home and inspect these surfaces for damage.
Pigeons are prey to many animals, including cats, predatory birds, and other creatures you don't want lurking around your home. A hawk or owl taking up residence in your rooftop can create a whole new set of drama that you don't want to deal with. Have a roofing services company come to your home and seal off all areas where birds could potentially nest so you can keep both pigeons and their predators away.
Birds can be a real problem for your home, and pigeons are known offenders. Keep these unwelcome guests away for many reasons to help salvage your roof. Contact a company like Economy Roofing to learn more.