Spring and Summer: The Rise of Roof-Damaging Animal Activity

March 24, 2021

As spring comes to a close and summer starts to shine completely on Guelph, we can see much more birds and squirrels running about in gardens and trees. While they're a beautiful sight on your roof, never give to the scenic cuteness and aesthetic. Small animals can cause massive damages to roofs if you leave them unattended. Here is everything you need to know about massive small animal roofing damages.


Asphalt shingles, clay tiles, and other sturdy traditional roofing materials can erode faster due to small animal scratches. Birds can hop around your roofs with sharp talons. Squirrels can scratch away against the materials without affecting your residential curb appeal. Plus, architectural shingles and "printed" metal roofing shingles can suffer massive damages from scratches. 

Shingle Dining

Squirrels and other small pest rodents, such as mice, can chew on asphalt shingles. Many wood roofing homeowners have complained about small animal bites and degraded wood shingles or shakes because of small animals. However, nothing is stopping them from eating synthetic and traditional roofing materials, especially if they're laced with organic materials or micro-pests. Shingle and roof material dining speeds up erosion and degrades the roof material's integrity, which can shorten your roof's lifespan and performance.

Acidic Wastes

Birds, rodents, and other pest animals that took residence on your roof cause both active and passive damage. These small animals will lay droppings on the materials. Unfortunately, most small animal wastes are acidic and will eat through asphalt shingles, wood shakes and shingles, and even clay tiles. Cleaning these droppings isn't enough. You'll want to ask a highly-reliable roofing specialist in Guelph to help you remove the small animals quickly.

Potential Internal Spores of Disease

The summer heat can make air levels healthier inside and outside your home, but continuous animal droppings and growth of food and organisms appealing to small animals will create moisture. Enough moisture levels will breed dangerous spores, which can raise your indoor air's toxicity level. By removing small animals, you remove moisture and guarantee your family's safety.

What You Can Do

Calling on professional roofers for consistent roofing performance is one big step to prevent small animals from nesting. Scheduled roofing maintenance allows roofers to inspect and evaluate your roof's current condition. Then, they'll perform minor repairs on trouble spots that can potentially become huge issues over time. Roofing maintenance costs are always 10% of a full roof repair service and do not require too much replacement roofing materials.

If you have yet to find a dependable roofer, you can always count on us Turbo Roofing for all your needs. With our decades and experience, we're confident in providing you the best results for all your projects. Our roofing company has the qualifications to provide full-on roofing installations, repairs, replacements, and regular maintenance. Contact us today to learn more about our services.