Pigeons seem harmless. In fact, you even probably toss them some bread crumbs every now and then. These feathered creatures you feed on the ground like to roost in high places, including roofs. Every year, pigeon roof damage is extensive; they also damage HVAC systems, telephone poles, and more.
How Pigeons Damage Residential Roofs
Pigeon droppings are especially problematic. It’s highly acidic and can erode shingles and the membrane underneath. This can drastically reduce the lifespan of most residential roofing materials. The droppings are also a source of pathogenic bacteria and viruses. This is especially dangerous to housecats that spend a great deal of time on rooftops. The surrounding property, including the driveway, front porch, and parked cars are also susceptible to pigeon poo.
Furthermore, pigeons may also build their nests right on the gutter, causing blockages that lead to pooling water.
How Pigeons Damage Commercial Roofs
Pigeons may roost on the flat surface of commercial roofs, causing damage to sheet metal and asphalt. Some may choose to set up a nest in the openings of rooftop HVAC systems, which also causes damage. Pigeons may also create a nest inside electric signs. Nesting materials are flammable, causing a serious fire hazard.
How to Prevent Roosting and Nesting
Pigeons settle in areas with ample food supply. While tempting, refrain from leaving out bread crumbs. Restaurants and food manufacturing plants should seal off garbage containers. Pigeons also gravitate to wherever water is present; so be sure to eliminate open water sources.
You can also install electric strips that emit electric shocks. Similar measures include repellent glue, reflective tape, and bird spikes.
Did Pigeons Damage Your Roof?
If you regularly see pigeons roosting on your roof, then call Roofing & Construction. The birds may have already caused some damage. Our additional services include gutter repairs and more. Pigeons can damage roofs; don’t ignore their presence.
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