How Animals Impact and Destroy Rooftops

Friday, August 14th, 2020 by Paiden Hutchens

Animals are cute right? Well, when they chew, gnaw, and forge all kinds of obstructions into your home’s roof, they seem much less cute!

It is obvious that crazy weather such as hale or heavy winds can cause immediate damage to your roof, but it comes as a surprise at what little critters can do.

Some of the more common animal culprits include:

  • Possums
  • Mice
  • Birds
  • Squirrels
  • Bats
  • Raccoons


A lot of the smaller creatures tend to chew or squeeze their way inside for warmth and nesting. Birds can find these holes and get inside as well. These nesters can create build up in gutters that cause water damage or expose parts of the roof to the elements that create mold and rot.

Larger animals such as possums or raccoons are more agile and will find there way onto your roof and chew on roof decking and shingles. The weight of these animals can also separate gutters from roofs. They also have no problem chewing on wires and ruining insulation if they manage to get inside the attic.

If you believe your roof or attic has experienced some of these problems over the years call us to set up a no-obligation and free inspection at 1-336-283-6630. We inspect homes and provide roofing solutions across NC and love the improvements we provide.


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