Can Squirrels Cause Roof Damage?

Should you worry about roof damage from squirrels?

Squirrels can be cute and entertaining creatures, and watching them scamper around the roof and trees can be fun for the entire family. Unfortunately, it isn’t all fun and games when it comes to squirrels and rooftops.


In fact, if you have these critters running around on your roof, it may indeed be cause for concern.

Squirrels Can Cause Roof Damage — and More

When you look at squirrels up close, you can see they have sharp teeth and claws.

These sharp teeth are necessary to break open nuts and acorns, and their claws help with climbing and defending themselves. But that’s not all squirrels use their teeth and claws for — squirrels are known for gnawing and scratching at rooftops too.

These little rodents can chew their way through your roof shingles and move on to destroy the decking and underlayment. They can easily work their way into your attic as well, eating away the insulation and chewing through any wires they encounter.

Once they infest your attic, squirrels like to settle in and build nests. After a while, the urine and feces buildup results in a pervasive odor and creates a potentially toxic environment in your home.

Eliminate the Squirrels to Prevent Further Roof Damage

We’ve established that squirrels are no friend to your roof. So how do you go about getting rid of them?

Start by checking your roof and exterior walls for holes that squirrels could use to enter your home. Next, take a flashlight (and potentially an allergy mask) into the attic. Look for signs of rodent life. You may notice gnaw or claw marks, torn or missing insulation, shredded paper or concentrations of urine or feces.

Seal any potential entry holes and cracks. Be careful, as you don’t want to seal the holes while the critters are still inside. The best way to accomplish this is to go into the attic and make a lot of noise before sealing. This will encourage the rodents to leave. You can also set traps — or have an exterminator do it — to capture the destructive little creatures.

Tips to Stop Squirrels from Coming Back to Your Roof

Once you’ve gotten rid of the rodents, contact us to evaluate and repair any roof damage. Don’t delay, because destruction caused by squirrels can lead to roof leaks and problems with the decking and underlying support system.

Once the squirrel damage has been repaired, it’s time to figure out how to keep them form coming back.

As long as they can access your roof, they’re likely to keep causing problems. Trimming nearby tree branches will help solve the problem. But keep in mind that squirrels are incredible jumpers. Prune any branches that are within 10 feet of your home to effectively prevent the critters from leaping onto the roof.

Eliminating bird feeders is another way to discourage squirrels. Bird feeders attract rodents because they present an easy source of food. And once they come for the free food, they’re likely to look around for shelter — and more food.

Whether you have roof damage from a squirrel problem, weather or simply age, the professionals at Knockout Roofing can inspect your roof and make repairs to secure its integrity.

Contact our Salt Lake City, Utah, office today to request an estimate for roof damage repair.