Repairing & Preventing Animal Roof Infiltration

A certain percentage of Absolute Roof Solutions’ roofing repair calls come from homeowners who have had some animal chew its way or gain access to their roof and cause damage. The most common call is about squirrels, though raccoons and birds are also well-known culprits.

These uninvited guests can cause costly damage through their nesting, feces, and general havoc.

Remove animals humanely first

However, it’s important to note that the animals must be safely and humanely removed from the roof and attic areas before our roofing technicians can start any repair work. Absolute Roof Solutions does not perform animal removal services, but they should be carried out by trained wildlife control professionals. Only once the animals have been fully excluded can we begin assessing and repairing any damage they have caused.

Repair existing damage

The first step we take is repairing any existing damage they have caused. Rodents like squirrels can gnaw through wood, insulation, and metal components, creating entry points for moisture and future invaders. Birds can also damage roofing materials over time through their corrosive droppings.


Once the affected area is repaired, prevention becomes key. One of our go-to solutions is installing steel mesh barriers around potential entry points. This tough mesh blocks animals from accessing the attic while allowing proper ventilation. The mesh can be installed in gaps, gables, vents and any other openings that may have allowed animals inside.

For persistent bird issues, we often recommend installing bird spikes. These menacing-looking (but humane) spikes make it extremely uncomfortable for birds to land and roost in unwanted areas like vents or ledges. Their feces can quickly build up and cause roofing to deteriorate over time.

Get a roof inspection if a problem

If animal infiltration is a potential in your area, it might be wise to have a professional roof inspection from one of our roofing technicians to identify vulnerable areas and choose the right prevention measures for your home or business.

The bottom line is don’t let animals turn your attic into their homestead – trust the roofing professionals at Absolute Roof Solutions to humanely exclude wildlife and protect your roof for years to come.

Animals getting in your roof? Absolute Roof Solutions can prevent it and we’d love to talk to you about it. Give us a call at (604) 263-0334 or fill out our online form.