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Can Birds Damage A Roof Or Gutters?

Can birds damage a roof? Yes, absolutely. In fact, when roof damage occurs, nine times out of ten it’s because of birds. In addition to this, birds are also known for damaging gutters, chimneys and areas beneath the eaves of your roof. There are a variety of ways which this can happen.

How badly can birds damage a roof?

The most common way birds cause property damage is when they roost. The issues with this are the birds‘ droppings, feathers and nests. But just how badly can birds damage a roof?

Firstly, one of the most devastating forms of damage caused by birds is corrosion. You may not be aware of this, but bird faeces is highly acidic. Birds generate enormous amounts of droppings, and this can eventually cause significant amounts of damage.

birds pecked a hole

A good example of this is shingles. Bird droppings with gradually corrode your shingles causing them to curl up. This allows water to enter your roof. This in turn can weaken the supporting structures.

Another problem with droppings is that they are sticky and incredibly difficult to remove. This is why you need to enlist professional London pigeon control in order to prevent birds defecating on your roof in the first place!

Other ways that birds can do damage

The fact is, birds can damage property in a number of ways. Some birds may choose to nest in gutters, and eventually this blocks them up. Bird feathers and debris from nests may also drain pipes, and vents. This can become a huge problems. It means that gutters overflow, and this causes water damage. The combined weight from nest debris, feathers and water can even cause your gutters to detach and fall off.

roof with holes in

Something else you should be particularly wary of is birds’ nests blocking your chimney (or heating vents). This can prevent carbon monoxide from exiting your home, which can have devastating consequences.

Many birds also like to peck away at a roof, whether through boredom or when looking for food. Over time this will cause damage, and may even puncture your roof, allowing water to seep inside. This type of damage can be particularly costly, especially if your roof is covered in shingles.

Can birds damage a roof badly enough to be concerned? The answer is yes, and this problem should not be left unattended to. There are many options for bird deterrents and control methods on offer. Whenever you have birds like pigeons on your roof, it may end up costing you money. This problem should not be ignored, otherwise you may end up regretting it.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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