The roof is one of the primary barriers that protect the interior of the building. The roof deflects many of the elements it is exposed to, such as the cold and heat, direct sunlight, rain, snow, wind, and wildlife activity. In the end, your ultimate goal is to preserve the roof’s condition and longevity. With so many forms of abuse, protecting the roof can prove to be a challenge. What people may not always factor in, is what the pigeons are doing to your roof. With that in mind, we at Skyline Designs Roofing & Restoration would like to take the opportunity to share what these urban pests are doing to your roof.
Damage Nesting Pigeons Can Do to Your Roof
These birds roost, to get comfortable, they damage your roof; and as they damage the nooks and crannies, they extend the damage to the ventilation and will establish their community inside of your unfinished attic space. Nesting pigeons can cause more problems than you suppose, even if they cannot make it inside your attic space. Nests are commonly constructed in gutters, drains, and corners throughout the roof top. As a result, the water from rain fall cannot make be properly circulated off the roof, which then the pooled water contributes to mold growth, the weight from the excess water and pigeons can cause the roof to eventually collapse, or at the minimum, the water will lead to leaks, which then affect the ceilings, foundation, insulation, and so on, that all become damaged by the water. Water is not the only affect the nests can have. Fire is another element you need to have concern with nests as well. An electrical current from appliance or a collapse or even lightening, along with a fallen firework or a spark from a holiday light can light the highly flammable materials pigeons frequently construct their nests out of. The roof’s ventilation systems and chimney can be affected by the nesting. Severe problems can arise if the ventilation’s air flow is blocked as well as the bird droppings debris getting introduced to the indoor air. You can be exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning, a seriously harmful gas that is odorless, tasteless, and invisible.
Acidic Pigeon Droppings Can Cause Roofing Damage
Pigeons’ droppings are very acidic. Generally speaking, the droppings literally eat away at the many substrates of your roof and any rooftops, and tar-based roofing material are more susceptible to the acidic compounds found in bird’s dropping. The life expectancy of your roof can literally be dropped to down to up to 50% with the accumulation of droppings and the course of time. The acidic bird droppings can also affect the siding, and air conditioning units and other materials, in addition to eating away at the roof materials. Leaks in the condensation lines as well as the refrigerant, contributing to more damage from the pooled water can occur if the air conditioners that are fitted on rooftops get destroyed.
Emergency Roof Repairs & Roofing System Replacement & More in Conroe, Pasadena, The Woodlands, Pearland, Sugar Land & Houston, TX
If you suspect pigeon damage from the abuse of your roof, call the experts of Skyline Designs Roofing & Restoration today and let us make the needed repairs quickly and efficiently. At the very least, our experts can inspect the roof and assess the condition and help you with a solution depending on the extent of the damage.