Have you ever encountered a pest infestation problem? There’s no denying this is one of the worst problems to have as a homeowner! In Western New York, there are many types of pests that can cause damage to your roof and invade your home, with some of the most common being squirrels, raccoons, foxes, bats, birds, snakes and insects (among many others).

Here are three tips for protecting your roof and home from unwanted pests:

Have your roof regularly cleaned and inspected

As a Buffalo homeowner, regular roof inspections are one of the most effective ways of keeping your roof free of pest infestations. Once a year, hire a trusted roofing professional to clean your roof and inspect it for any signs of infestation. With a general inspection and cleaning, all debris (which often attracts pests) will be cleared from your roof and any signs of pests will be detected before they become problematic. Typically, a roofing professional will be able to identify right away if there are defects in your roof – such as holes or spaces – that are allowing animals and insects access to your attic.

Take preventative measures

Investing in prevention is your best bet when it comes to keeping pest issues under control. There are many methods of prevention that can be implemented to ensure your roof stays free of critters, including sealing; replacement of missing singles or roofing tiles; gutter cleaning; foliage trimming; and roofing nets. Taking steps to prevent pests is just as important as getting rid of them. While pest prevention is an investment up front, taking these measures can save you a major headache in the future.

Choose a metal roofing material

If you’re in the process of building a home or planning to get a new roof soon, a metal roof is often the best option for preventing pests from entering your home. Because metal roofing materials are molded to fit the exact shape of your home, the tight seal of the roof provides an extra barrier of protection against pests. Additionally, chewing pests are less likely to eat through metal roofing materials.

Have you been experiencing pests in or around your home? Get in touch with AVA Roofing at our offices in Buffalo. A roof inspection by one of our trusted experts can help address pest infestation issues and prevent them in the future.

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