When installing or upgrading a roof, there are certain precautions skilled roofers can take to protect vulnerable areas from critters. Rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, bats, and birds may attempt to take up residence in your attic any time of the year, especially when cooler weather arrives.
At The Roofing Company, we go the extra mile to incorporate common-sense solutions that keep animals out of your attic and prevent the damage they cause.
The Importance of Drip Edge Flashing
We install heavy-duty, aluminum drip edge flashing that is custom-made to properly close the “builder’s gap” or “carpenter’s gap.” This space between the fascia board and the bottom of the roof deck is a common building practice on homes. A normal builder’s gap is large enough to stick your hand into the attic from the outside!
Not surprisingly, the “builder’s gap” provides an excellent attic entrance for roof rats, birds and squirrels. It also allows wind-blown rain to enter the attic. Critters that make it in, bed inside the attic where it’s nice and warm and dry, especially when they get ready to have their babies.
Recently we were called to inspect a six-month-old new construction home with critters in the attic. It wasn’t hard to see how the animals had made their way in. The improperly installed drip edge was too short and too thin to work, and there was no drip edge at the eave. This is the typical drip edge you get at a big-box store. Our solution is custom-made flashing that is heavy enough that a critter won’t be able to get into your attic.
As the expert in everything roofing, The Roofing Company goes above and beyond to keep your home safer and better protected from all outside elements, including critters.