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Ways To Upgrade Your Home's Exterior To Prevent Woodpecker Damage

by Martha Soto

Woodpeckers are pleasant to view in the wild, but not so pleasant when they set up territory on your home. They can drill holes in your wooden exterior as they search for bugs, build nesting sites, or drum to attract a mate. Knowing where to look for damage and then making changes to exclude the birds is the best way to keep your home's exterior in good repair.

Common Damage Sites

A woodpecker can pose a threat to anything wooden on your home's exterior. The most common damage spots include:

  • Wooden fascia boards along your roof eaves.
  • Wooden siding boards or wood shingle siding.
  • Wide, wooden window trim.
  • Support or decorative columns on porches—especially if they are hollow.

Damage usually first appears as clusters of small holes, but larger holes may turn up if the woodpecker decides to create a nest in your walls or roof. Speak with a contractor like Onit Roofing & Exteriors Inc to find out if any of the follow options will work for you.

Saving Your Fascia and Trim

Fascia and trim work often suffers the most damage from a woodpecker, because these are areas most likely to harbor wood-boring insects. This is because these areas usually loose their protective coating of paint first, and they are also prone to moisture that can speed wood rot.

The simplest way to save the appearance of your home is to upgrade these exterior elements. Trade in the wooden fascia boards and trim for vinyl or aluminum. Vinyl and aluminum trim can have the look of wood, but it won't suffer damage and it will no longer require any painting.

Upgrading the Exterior

You know the upkeep required to keep your home's exterior looking nice if you have wooden siding. Regular painting and replacement of old or rotting siding boards can become an ongoing chore, which is only compounded once a woodpecker decides to start boring holes.

Once again, changing out the wood materials for vinyl or metal is the best way to solve a woodpecker problem for good. You may still occasionally get a male woodpecker drumming for a date, but there will no longer be any fears of damage. Plus, you will never need to paint your home again.

Solve the Column Conundrum

Columns, both hollow and solid, can't simply be replaced. This is especially true if they are load supporting. In this case, you may want to consider covering them with a veneer. Realistic but lightweight stone and brick veneer can provide an instant upgrade to your home's curb appeal while providing a protective covering to the wood beneath.

It's not always possible to cover or replace all the wooden elements on your home. If that's the case, you must keep any new woodpecker holes filled and patched with wood putty. You can also add scare devices to your home. Small mirrors and realistic hawk statues may be able to frighten the woodpeckers away.