Caring for your commercial roofing system is a whole new beast compared to caring for a residential roof. After all, commercial roofs are more prone to various kinds of damage, such as ponding water, punctures and moisture damage than their counterparts. However, while you’re on the lookout for these kinds of damage, there is another kind that you need to look out for: bird damage.
Here, the roof repair experts of Pechacek’s General Contracting shares useful tips that can help you manage bird damage on your commercial roof.
Get Rid of Insect Infestations
If you start seeing signs that your commercial roof is facing insect infestation, it’s important that you get that taken care of immediately. This is because insect issues on your roof can easily attract bug eating birds like woodpeckers to your roofing system. Once this happens, you can expect that they’ll cause damage to the roof just to get their meal.
When your flat roof is no longer level, it can collect water in the form of small ponds where the roof dips. If your roof has some standing water, the birds can be attracted to the water to drink and bathe and chances are, they may even nest on your roof if they find the space safe enough. With that in mind, if your roof has ponding problems, make sure to call a roofing contractor to fix it and make it level.
Secure Gravel Roofs
On the other hand, if your roof has gravel, it’s best that you clear it off as birds such as pigeons tend to eat small chunks of gravel to aid their digestion. Apart from that, beach-nesting birds may also build their homes on your roof if it provides the right nest texture and safety from predators. To accomplish this, you can completely do away with the gravel in your roof or have a built-up roofing system built to avoid attracting gravel-nesting birds.
Fix Holes or Gaps
Gaps and holes in the roof can prove to be a problem for you as birds can take advantage of it and build their nests there. Roofing foams such as polyurethane foams can also attract birds thanks to their highly insular material being suitable as a good nest for the birds. Therefore, if your roof has any holes or gaps, make sure to have it repaired or sealed away immediately before they can take advantage of it.
For a successful gutter installation project, simply turn to Pechacek’s General Contracting, your number one provider of residential and commercial roofing services. Give us a call at (715) 502-2006 or fill out our contact form to schedule a FREE consultation. We serve homeowners in Hudson, River Falls, and other nearby areas in WI.