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Exploring Eavestrough Materials and Installation Techniques

Hi there, my name is Darby Mitchells. I am here to talk to you about eavestrough, or gutter, installations. The roof on your home features a number of components that direct rainwater to the edges. From there, the eavestrough allow water to run straight to the downspouts. The downspouts direct water to a drain that keeps the moisture away from the house. In addition to protecting your roofing materials from damage, gutters make it comfortable to walk under your roofline during heavy downpours. Without eavestrough, a heavy stream of water would pour over the edges of your roof at all times. I will discuss the benefits of installing and maintaining gutters on my site. I will also share information about gutter materials and installation techniques. Thanks for coming to my website.

Exploring Eavestrough Materials and Installation Techniques

Are Those Squirrels On Your Roof A Problem To Worry About?

by Martha Soto

Squirrels may be cute, but they can also be pretty destructive. If you see squirrels running across your roof from time to time, it's important to look a bit further into the issue and see if they're actually causing any damage, or if they're just using your roof as a pathway to the next tree. Here are some tips to help you decide -- along with some advice for protecting your roof from squirrel damage.

Conducting a Squirrel Inspection

Squirrels are tiny and lightweight, so they are not going to cause any damage just by scurrying across your roof. The damage happens when they decide to use your roof and the related structures as a nesting grounds. They may burrow into a vent pipe and block it with nesting material, or they may squeeze behind some missing siding and build a nest in the eaves, ripping your insulation apart in the process.

To tell whether your squirrels are an issue, take a close look along all of the edges of your roof. If you do not see any holes, you are probably in the clear. Also, climb onto the roof and take a look down each vent pipe and chimney.

If you do find a squirrel nest, your best bet is to first call an exterminator to remove the squirrels. Then, call a roofing company to repair the damage they have caused.

Protecting Your Roof From Squirrels

If you don't find evidence that the squirrels have damaged your roof, then your goal should be to keep them from doing so. Start by filling in any holes in the eaves or in your roof structure. Spraying some spray foam insulation into a hole is a good option if you need to do quick, inexpensive repairs. Put metal mesh screens over the top of all vent pipes, whether they lead to the sewer pipes or your HVAC system. This should keep the squirrels from entering the pipes.

Also, trim back any trees that are overhanging your roof. These are just asking for squirrel traffic. If the squirrels have to jump further to reach your roof, they won't run across it as often and won't be as tempted to truly invade.

If you continue to have a lot of squirrels in your yard and running across the roof, be sure to check for nests and holes at least once a year. If they do build a nest, you want to catch it as soon as possible. Companies like Roof Right can help with your inspection and roofing repairs.